Department of Psychology

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology

Developmental Area Contact Person: Dr. Janet Boseovski, jjboseov@uncg.edu , (336) 256-0020.

The Developmental Program is dedicated to understanding behavioral changes across the lifespan. Our program takes an interdisciplinary approach by studying developmental processes from social, cognitive, perceptual, and psychobiological perspectives. The primary goal of the program is to train students for academic and research settings, although there are opportunities to be involved in applied research settings. We have a number of on-campus laboratories specialized for developmental research, including facilities for infant, child, and animal research. In addition, the developmental program at UNCG has cooperative research relationships with local day care centers, schools, and other agencies.

Faculty Research Specialties:
  • Dr. Janet Boseovski: Social and cognitive development in early childhood; personality understanding; prejudice and stereotyping; developmental psychopathology.
  • Dr. Susan Calkins: Social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood; development and developmental trajectories of early disruptive behavior.
  • Dr. Stuart Marcovitch: Cognitive development; representational flexibility; conscious control of behavior in childhood and across the lifespan.
  • Dr. George Michel:Developmental psychobiology, sensorimotor development during infancy, neuroendocrine processes in mammalian parental care.
  • Dr. Thanujeni Pathman:: Cognitive development and developmental cognitive neuroscience; Episodic and autobiographical memory development.

There are a number of additional faculty members in the department of psychology who have active developmental interests, including Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos, Dr. Susan Keane, Dr. Julie Mendez, Dr. Lili Sahakyan, Dr. Gaby Stein, and Dr. Dayna Touron. There are also many active collaborations with faculty members in the Human Development and Family Studies program at UNCG.

Philosophy of Training   We follow a mentor-apprentice model. Students work directly with a faculty advisor and will gradually develop their own program of research. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty and students in psychology and in other departments.  We encourage students to publish with several faculty members before they graduate.  The small size of the program means that students receive a lot of individualized attention.  Also, the central location of the "gate city" (Greensboro) has resulted in close ties to other top southeastern psychology departments, creating more opportunities for our graduate students.

Support Students generally receive a teaching assistantship or research assistantship for the duration of their time at UNCG.