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Developmental Psychology Specialization

In the Developmental Specialization, students will consider how development across the lifespan (from infancy through aging) is influenced by social relationships, cultural contexts, and individual differences (e.g., temperament). Students will choose among seminars that focus on a developmental stage (e.g., adolescence), on a type of development (e.g., identity), on a developmental influence (e.g., the media), or on psychopathology (e.g., attention deficits). Research (laboratory and field) and internship opportunities will ask students to apply, in real-world settings, the theories and facts learned in the classroom. This specialization will prepare students for graduate work and/or careers related to normative development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and all phases of adulthood.

Please contact the Developmental Coordinator, Dr. James A. Graham (609-771-2638) for more details.

Developmental Specialization Handout


Faculty affiliated with the Developmental Psychology Specialization:


Developmental Psychology Course Requirements

Core Courses (Taken in sequence)

  • PSY 101 – General Psychology
  • PSY 121 – Methods and Tools of Psychology
  • PSY 203 – Design and Statistical Analysis
  • PSY 299 – Research Seminar

Foundation Courses (Choose 3):

  • PSY 220 – Development across the Lifespan (or equivalent – ECE 201, ELE 201, SPE 203 or NUR 110) with a minimum grade of C+
  • Other Foundation Courses (Choose 2)
    • Your advisor may be able to help you in making selections

Specialized Courses (Choose 3):

  • PSY 370 – Developmental Seminar
    • Subtopics include: Children and the Media, Child Therapy, Gender and Racial Stereotyping, Child Development, Adolescent Development
  • Other Specialized Courses (Choose 2)
    • Your advisor may be able to help you in making selections
  • In addition, any of the following options will also count towards this requirement if it has a Developmental focus:

    PSY 390 – Laboratory Learning*
    PSY 393 – Individual Study*
    PSY 396 – Honors Thesis I*
    PSY 397 – Instructional Internship*
    PSY 399 – Internship*

[Please check PAWS for the semester offerings]

* Students may apply one of these courses as a Specialized course.  Others may apply as a Psychology Option.

Psychology Option

  • One course (Recommended at 300-Level or 400-Level)

Senior Experience (Choose 1)

  • Your advisor may be able to help you in making selections

[Please check PAWS for the semester offerings]


Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students interested in Developmental Psychology should see Dr. Graham for research and/or internship opportunities.

Dr. Graham focuses on the social-cognitive aspects of peer relationships among children (K – 5) in groups and dyads. The overarching theme of his research is to foster prosocial behavioral and cognitive development among children in a variety of social-ecological contexts.

Recent Individual Studies:

  • Effective male mentoring within a Life-Skills program for elementary students
  • Language Acquisition in Infants
  • Implementing an anti-bullying curriculum in primary- and secondary-schools
  • Empathy development in undergraduates at the KidsBridge Museum
  • Relationships between attention and imaginative play
  • Emotional regulation and meaning making processing in sexually abused youth
  • Content and frequency of children’s worry

Recent Internships:

  • Internship: Celebrate the Children (school for special-needs children)
  • Internship:  Office of the Child Advocate

Developmental Psychology Careers

  • School Counselor
  • Research Position
  • Infant Stimulation Programmer
  • Education/Recreational Programmer
  • Hospital/Hospice Facilitator
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