Welcome to the Applied Developmental Psychology Website!

GMU offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Developmental Psychology. The program focuses on development during childhood and provides basic knowledge about typical and atypical development, skills for assessing developmental level and conducting research, and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development. Opportunities exist for mentored research, comprehensive training in advanced statistical analysis, practica at local sites, training and experience in teaching, and applied work under faculty supervision at community sites.

ADP welcomes new affiliate faculty member! - Lindsey Hutchison, PhD

Lindsey Hutchison graduated from the George Mason University Applied Developmental Psychology doctoral program in May 2012. While at George Mason, Dr. Hutchison worked with Dr. Adam Winsler and completed her dissertation, entitled "Relations between Executive Functioning, Second Language Fluency, and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Early Childhood." After graduating, she was accepted to the highly competitive and prestigious Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellowship, where she completed one year as an Executive Branch Fellow. Subsequently, she applied for and was offered a full-time position in the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), where she currently works. Dr. Hutchison has been an invaluable member of the George Mason community and because of that she has volunteered to return to campus this Fall 2014 to be the instructor for the graduate level course, "Child Development and Public Policy." While she is very busy with her current job, we are pleased and excited that she has set aside time to dedicate to us here at George Mason.


ADP Program Newsletter


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Spring 2015 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in West 1004 @ 11:30am on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.

All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Source Title
Jan 28 Dr. Lindsey Hutchinson, DHHS: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Policy and Applied Research as a “Fed”
Feb 4 Danielle Mead


Practice Job Talk

Narrative Skills, Executive Functioning, Kindergarten Retention, and Private Speech among Young Dual Language Learners
Feb 11 Dr. Kelly Cartwright Christopher Newport University The Role of Hot and Cool Executive Skills in the Development of Reading Comprehension
Feb 18 Dr. Richard Moniuszko Education Leadership, GMU Conducting Research in Local School Districts
Feb 25 Dr. Jennifer Renn Center for Applied Linguistics Linguistic Perspectives on Development and Learning
March 4 Dr. Karen Kochel University of Richmond A Developmental Perspective on Peer Victimization and Depression
March 18 Dr. Sarah Perez-Kriz Office of Institutional Assessment, GMU Administrative and Program Assessment Research in Academia
March 25 Dr. Hakim Rashid Howard University TBA
April 1 Dr. Amanda Willifred University of Virginia The Effects of Banking Time to Improve Preschool Children’s Behavior Problems
April 8   Drs. Tyler Shaw and Christy Esposito-Smythers GMU Psychology Department Brown Bag Titles and Location TBA
April 15 Dr. Johannes Rojahn GMU My Academic Career: Epilogue
April 22 Dr. Selma Caal Child Trends Improving parenting skills in Latino parents: A randomized, waitlist control study of the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Program
April 29 Drs. Sharon Lambert and Jody Ganiban George Washington University The role of temperament in the association between racial discrimination and African American adolescents' adjustment