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Applied Developmental Psychology Concentration

The PhD concentration in applied developmental psychology is concerned with enhancing developmental processes and preventing developmental disorders in individuals and families across the life span. It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic backgrounds; economic and social opportunities; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities; and conditions of living (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings). The program's emphasis is on child development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence), and students may focus their studies on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, personality, or physiological aspects of development.

The applied developmental concentration has two goals: to train students to teach and do research on basic and applied issues in child development for employment in such settings as universities, research institutes, and organizations, and to train students to do applied work in developmental psychology (consultation, program evaluation, assessment and evaluation, developmental interventions, and parent training) in such settings as schools, hospitals, courts, child care facilities, and other organizations.

Applied developmental psychology doctoral students have the option of also completing course requirements for the MA with concentration in school psychology.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 72-76

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required course work chosen in one of five concentrations. Each concentration consists of four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation.

Psychology Concentrations
  • Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)
  • Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)
  • Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)
  • Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF)
  • Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)

Overview

The applied developmental psychology concentration is concerned with enhancing developmental processes and preventing developmental disorders in individuals and families across the life span. It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic backgrounds; economic and social opportunities; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities; and conditions of living (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings). The program's emphasis is on child development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence), and students may focus their studies on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, personality, or physiological aspects of development.

The applied developmental concentration has two goals: to train students to teach and do research on basic and applied issues in child development for employment in such settings as universities, research institutes, and organizations, and to train students to do applied work in developmental psychology (consultation, program evaluation, assessment and evaluation, developmental interventions, and parent training) in such settings as schools, hospitals, courts, child care facilities, and other organizations. Applied developmental psychology doctoral students have the option of also completing course requirements for the MA concentration in school psychology.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 credits comprised of doctoral course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.

Doctoral Coursework

Developmental Core

PSYC 704 Life-Span Development 3
Total Credits 3

Cognitive, Biological, or Social Core 

Select two from the following: 6
Cognitive:
 
Cognitive Bases of Behavior  
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science (except when this course is exclusively methodological)  
Biological:
 
Biological Bases of Human Behavior  
Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory  
Behavioral Chemistry  
Social:
 
Social Bases of Behavior  
Behavior in Small Groups and Teams  
Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches  
Total Credits 6

Quantitative Methods 

Students must complete an approved Quantitative Methods from the Quantitative or Traditional Emphasis.

Quantitative Emphasis
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 754 Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques 3
Select two from the following: 6
Psychometric Methods  
Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research  
Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance  
Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology  
Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (with approval)  
Special Topics in Psychology (with approval)  
Total Credits 13
Traditional Emphasis
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 612 Advanced Statistics 4
Select one from the following: 3
Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance  
Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques  
Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology  
Special Topics in Psychology (with approval)  
Total Credits 11

Advanced Specialized Methods 

Select one or two Research Methods courses or up to one Specialized Methods course: 6
Research Methods Courses:
 
Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research  
Naturalistic Methods in Psychology  
Specialized Methods Course:
 
Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles, Procedures, and Philosophy  
Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools  
The Measurement of Intelligence  
Psychological Assessment  
Advanced Child Assessment  
Developmental Assessment  
Total Credits 6

Specialized Content 

PSYC 669 Social and Emotional Development 3
Select four from the following: 12
Special Topics (when topic is Early Childhood Education, Childcare, and the Transition to School or developmental in content)  
Cognitive and Perceptual Development  
The Psychology of Aging  
Language Development  
Child Psychopathology  
Developmental Disabilities  
Developmental Psychopathology  
Applied Developmental Psychology  
Program Evaluation  
Total Credits 15

Professional Seminar/Professional Ethics 

Students take 1 credit in fall and 1 credit in spring of their first year and 1 additional credit at any other time (preferably in their second year). 

PSYC 890 Seminar in Professional Psychology (3 credits) 1 1-3
Total Credits 3

Directed Reading and Research or Practicum

Students may fulfill this requirement with 8 credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research or a combination of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research and PSYC 792 Psychology Practicum.

Select 8 credits from the following: 8
Directed Reading and Research (can be repeated for credit)  
Psychology Practicum (A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to this requirement.)  
Total Credits 8

Elective Courses

Students complete the 72 credits required for the degree with elective courses, which may include credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research over and above those used to fulfill the requirements above. Credits for MA thesis and proposal (PSYC 798 Thesis Proposal, PSYC 799 Master's Thesis) may not be used as electives in the PhD program.

Select electives to complete the 72 credits for the degree 72

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must complete all courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Research

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Research. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation.

Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and 3 credits of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (PSYC 998 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal and PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal  
Doctoral Dissertation  
Total Credits 12
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