Curriculum and Program Requirements

Coursework

Required Courses
GRS PS 844 Theories of Development
GRS PS 711 Statistics in Psychology I
GRS PS 712 Statistics in Psychology II
GRS PS 716 Psychological Research Methods
GRS PS 909/910 Professional Issues in Psychological Science
*Course under development
Domains of Development (choose 3)
GRS PS 541 Social Development
GRS PS 544 Developmental Neuropsychology
GRS PS 545 Language Development
GRS PS 546 Cognitive Development
GRS PS 747 Infant Development
GRS PS 750 Mind and Language
GRS PS 845 Topics in Perceptual Development
GRS PS 848 Developmental Psycholinguistics
GRS PS 825 Early Social Cognition

Please note that students may elect to take either PS 545 or PS 848 but not both.

Contexts of Development (choose 1)
GRS PS 560 Cross-Cultural Psychology
GRS PS 572 Psychology of Women
GRS PS 550 Childhood Adversity
GRS PS 790 Family Theory and Research
GRS PS 793 Family Seminar
GRS PS 840 Developmental Behavioral Genetics
GRS PS 847 Atypical Development
GRS PS 855 Clinical Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology
GRS PS 893 Contemporary Issues in the Psychology of the Family

Note: For a course to count toward the doctoral degree students must receive a grade of  B-  or higher.

Comprehensive Requirement: At least two courses from outside the Developmental Science area, one from at least two of the following areas: Clinical; Brain Behavior & Cognition; Outside Psychology. On occasion this restriction can be lifted based prior approval from the Program Director.

Students are allowed to take no more than four Directed Study in Psychology Courses (GRS PS 901/902) during the first two years.

Students are required to attend Developmental Science program Colloquia and the Developmental Brown Bags, which take place Wednesdays 3:30-5pm (see schedule here)

Qualifying Requirement

Students should aim to complete their Qualifying Requirements, which marks their progress toward their dissertation, by the end of summer in their second year. Completion is required by the end of the spring semester in their third year in the program. Students should assemble a Qualifying Committee (three members of the DS faculty) who will guide, evaluate and provide final approval for the qualifying requirements. The following three options are available — students must complete two of the three options with a passing grade.

  1. Research Grant Proposal: Following the format for an NIH NRSA F31 research grant.  The proposal should be 6-8 pages in length. Students who submit a grant following these general guidelines and are approved for funding do not require further evaluation by the committee.  This represents a new option for students.
  2. Conceptual Paper/Review of Literature: (same as for the former Human Development program) Students select a topic on which they write a scholarly, original conceptually-grounded critical evaluation of the literature on a topic in the field of Developmental Science.  The paper will be evaluated in terms of its potential for publication.  Review papers that have been accepted for publication in a scholarly journal (e.g., Psychological Bulletin; Cognitive Development; Infancy) do not require further evaluation by the committee.  This paper must be written according to APA Publication Manual Guidelines — 6th edition.
  3. Empirical Paper: A paper presenting original research conducted by the student that is suitable for publication, with the student as first author. The paper will be evaluated in terms of its potential for publication.  Empirical papers that have been accepted for publication in a scholarly journal (e.g., Child Development; Cognition; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Developmental Science) do not require further evaluation by the committee.  This paper must be written according to APA Publication Manual Guidelines – 6th edition.