Lifespan Developmental Psychology

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Each student in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology specialization is encouraged to develop a systematic line of research that complements that of his or her advisor. With intense exposure to an important aspect of developmental research, the student acquires skills that can be generalized to a variety of problems. Students are required to complete a core curriculum which includes 21 hours of developmental psychology classes, 15 hours of research design and statistics, 9 hours of general psychology and related discipline classes; 6 hours of teaching practicum and teaching; and at least 48 credit hours of research.

Lifespan Developmental Psychology students must complete a master's thesis. Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree is based on satisfactory completion of coursework and completion of an area review in the form of a Psychological Bulletin or Psychological Review article. The doctoral degree is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation.

Ph.D. Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology21
Required Courses
Developmental Psychology
Seminar in Adolescent Development
Psychology of Aging
Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Developmental Psychology
Elective Options in Developmental Psychology
Select three courses from:
Seminar in Cognitive Development
Seminar in Social Development
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Treatment
Cognitive Assessment: Child and Adult
Developmental Disabilities
Biology of Aging
Geriatric Rehabilitation for the Health Profession
Minority Aging
Social Gerontology
Social Gerontology
The Health Care of Older Adults
Health Literacy and Aging
Research Design & Statistics15
Required Courses
Introduction to Statistics and Measurement
Lab for Introduction to Statistics and Measurement
Applied Statistical Methods
Lab for Applied Statistical Methods
Multivariate Statistical Methods
Lab for Multivariate Statistical Methods
Electives in Research Design & Statistics
Select one course from:
Advanced Research Design
Longitudinal Data Analysis Laboratory
Advanced Special Topics
General Psychology & Related Disciplines9
Required course
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Elective Courses in General Psychology
Select two courses from:
History and Systems of Psychology
Theories of Personality
Social Psychology
Sensory and Perceptual Processes
Brain and Cognition
Human Neuropsychology
Health Psychology
Adult Personality and Psychopathology
Sport Psychology
Methods in Neuroimaging
Special Topics in Psychology
Child Health and Development:Womb to Young to Adulthood
Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology 1
Premaster's Degree Graduate Research
Master's Level Thesis Research
Social/Ethnic Issues in Therapy
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Total Hours81

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