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.


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Fall 2014 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Engineering 1108 @ 12:00pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.

All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Source Title
Sept 3 Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar Penn State University Attention as a developmental tether that shapes socioemotional trajectories from infancy through adolescence
Sept 10 Dr. Deborah Pichler Galluadet University Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs); Bimodal bilingual language learners
Sept 17 Dr. Moshe Shtuhl and Joshua Metz Family Compass Enhancing Contextual Thinking: A Gateway for Autism Early Intervention
Sept 24 Dr. Carla Fisher Communication, GMU Coping together, side by side: Enriching mother-daughter communication across the breast cancer journey
Oct 1 Dr. Greg Wallace Geoge Washington University Atypical Behavioral and Brain Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Oct 8 Dr. Deborah Perry Georgetown University Advancing the Evidence Base for Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research
Oct 15 Kristen Darling-Churchill Child Trends Providing Technical Assistance for School Climate Initiatives to Help Schools Identify or Improve Programs, Interventions, and Policies Supporting School Success
Oct 22 Dr. Kevin Sutherland VCU BEST in CLASS: Preliminary results of a classroom-based prevention program
Oct 29 Dr. Amy Sussman National Science Foundation Grant Writing and Non-Traditional Careers
Nov 5   Dr. Bridget Kelly National Institute of Medicine, Keck Center Child Development and Policy: A Perspective from the National Academies
Nov 12 Dr. Kelly Cartwright Christopher Newport University The Role of Hot and Cool Executive Skills in the Development of Reading Comprehension
Nov 19 Dr. Natalie Slopen Public Health, University of Maryland Early adversity and lifelong health
Dec 3 Hillary Michaels and Sunny Becker, Human Resources Research Organization Applied assessment and post high school outcomes research: Stories from HumRRO