Applied Developmental Psychology

Applied developmental psychology (ADP) 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.


ADP Professor Adam Winsler advises recent Psychology graduate Giorgia Picci before her honors poster session at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University


Every day, Mason faculty and students help solve pressing problems, illuminate important issues, and shape conversations. We work to answer questions of relevance through research, scholarship, and creative endeavors—any enterprise offering the chance to break new ground and have a meaningful impact. 


One of ADP's major goals is 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. Learn more about how our faculty are collaborating with other students in their research labs. At all levels, our students are able to provide valuable input to the research process resulting in award-winning publications and presentations at research symposiums. Find out more about what our students and faculty are achieving.  


At Mason, we put our students and their success first. We focus on providing experiential and integrative learning in all programs through research, fieldwork, internships, and service learning. We work to give every student the opportunity for a meaningful experience. Mason's ADP program works to provide collaborative experiences for students. Learn more about whom we are working with and stay up to date on the latest achievements.


At Mason, we prepare our students for success in life and in their careers. One of ADP's major goals is 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, childcare facilities, and other organizations. Meet a student (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral) or alum, and learn more about how Mason is making an impact.