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! - Allison Redlich, PhD

The ADP program and Psychology Department welcomes Dr. Allison Redlich to GMU! Dr. Redlich joins Mason as a new faculty member in the Criminology, Law, and Society (CLS) program in CHSS. She was most recently associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Albany. Dr. Redlich's research has to do with psychology and the criminal justice system - more specifically police and military interrogation methods and their potential to produce false confessions in youth and other vulnerable populations, and mental health services and diversion procedures for offenders with mental illness and special needs. The ADP program looks forward to potential exciting collaborations with Dr. Redlich and other CLS faculty in the future. Look in the near future for a course offered by her perhaps in the area of psychology, law, and youth.

ADP Program bids farewell to Dr. Johannes Rojahn

After many years of great contributions to the ADP program, Dr. Rojahn retired this year and is now enjoying a much more more relaxing lifestyle on an undisclosed South Carolina beach. We miss you already and wish you well Johannes! Pending approval of funding, the ADP program hopes to have 1-2 replacement faculty searches next year.

Dr. Winsler receives new grant from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The "Winslab" recently received a grant from NEA to examine a) early child- and family-level selection differences between those who do and do not choose to taking arts-related elective courses (i.e., dance, drama, music, art) in middle school, and b) whether after controlling for such pre-existing selection differences, whether such exposure to the arts in middle school is associated with better longitudinal academic outcomes for students. The project is using data from the Miami School Readiness Project which involves following about 30,000 ethnically and linguistically diverse, mostly low-income students as they progress through Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

ADP Program Newsletter

Click here to download (PDF) the latest ADP Program newsletter.

Spring 2016 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Enterprise Hall 274 @ 12:00pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.

All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Source Title
Jan 27 Jordan Thibodeaux ADP PhD Student practice job talk Self-talk, self-regulation, and self-regulated learning/performance in the lab as a preschooler, on the tennis court as a teenager, and in college as a first-year student
Feb 3 Dr. Rosalie Corona,

VCU, Department of Psychology

The role of family and cultural factors in Latino and African American adolescents' health
Feb 10 Department Brown Bag (Different Location TBA) Diversity Resources, Support, and Concerns for Graduate Students
Feb 17 Liz Berke ADP PhD Student practice job talk Problem Behavior Across the Lifespan
Feb 24 Dr. Tara Chaplin GMU, Department of Psychology Parenting, emotion, and adolescent substance use: Behavioral and neuroimaging findings
Mar2 Ross Andersen, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Disseminating Your Research: Science Writing for Multiple Audiences
Mar 16 Dr. Paul Gorski New Century College, GMU Poverty and Education: How Ideology Gets in the Way of Educational Equity
Mar 23 Allison Laskowski Autism Learning Center ABA Therapy for Children with Autism
Mar 30 Dr. Sara Anderson Georgetown University, Department of Psychology Pre-K and short- and longer-term outcomes: Approaches to studying fadeout
Apr 6   Dr. Jennifer Leeman, GMU, Department of Modern and Classical Languages Sociolinguistic approaches to identity and heritage language education in the US
Apr 13 Dr. Jessica De Feyter, ICF International Applied Education Research and Consulting at ICF
Apr 20 Dr. Susanne Denham, GMU, Department of Psychology Teacher Socialization of Preschoolers' Emotional Competence: US and Italy
Apr 27 Dr. Anna Johnson, Georgetown University, Department of Psychology The role of child care subsidies in the lives of low-income children