Area Adviser: Dr. Lisa Crockett
The graduate program in Developmental Psychology at UNL is a research-oriented, multidisciplinary program that addresses fundamental developmental processes within the tapestries of culture, public policy, and education. The program is designed for doctoral students who wish to pursue scientific careers involving research, teaching, and application. There are extensive resources to support graduate training, including assistantships, funding for research projects, and travel funds for conference presentations.
Program content focuses on exploring the conditions of children's lives in which social and cognitive development unfolds. Faculty have expertise in cognitive, moral, and social development in childhood and adolescence, and are committed to integrating their knowledge with public policy issues concerning child maltreatment and adolescent risk-taking, cultural processes related to morality and self, and the educational contexts of human development. Many of our faculty conduct research with ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the US and internationally. The program is a collaborative effort with Developmental faculty in the Psychology Department and Educational Psychology Faculty as well as Research Faculty at the Center for Children, Families, and Law.
The relatively small size of the program and the broad range of faculty expertise permit a favorable student-faculty ratio and the development of close working relationships. This program is especially well-suited to students who wish to pursue scientific careers involving research, teaching, and application. It is likely to be most valuable to students who are self-directed and committed to a research-oriented graduate experience. Graduates of the program work in a variety of positions, including tenure-track professorships at both research universities and small liberal arts colleges, as well as research positions at national and international research and public policy centers and government agencies.
The Department of Psychology offers excellent research facilities, including the Developmental Brain Lab (directed by Dennis Molfese), Spatial Memory and Cognition Lab (directed by Anne Schutte), and a Developmental Research Laboratory equipped with a suite of one-way viewing rooms, workrooms, and extensive video and computing resources. Field research opportunities are also available, including the University's Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory, Lincoln Educare Center, local preschool and children’s centers, and the public school system. The Department of Educational Psychology offers data analysis and grant-writing consultation through the Nebraska Center for Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) and the Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center, and the University has excellent mainframe and micro computing facilities.