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.

Fall 2015 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Innovation Hall 338 @ 12:00pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.

All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Source Title
Sept 9 Dr. Stephen Suomi, NICHD Behavioral, biological, and epigenetic consequences of early social experiences in rhesus monkeys
Sept 16 Dr. Laura Holian

Insight Policy Research

What to expect when you’re evaluating: Tales from applied program evaluation
Sept 23 Dr. Sarah Allen US Department of Education TBA
Oct 7 Dr. Kim Eby Associate Provost, GMU From Faculty to Administrator – Focusing on Enhancing Student Learning at Multiple Levels
Oct 14 Dr. Jeff Steuwig Psychology, GMU Shame, guilt, and risky behavior: Psychological research in corrections and the community
Oct 21 Dr. Elena Savina James Madison University Promoting self-regulation in children: Insights from Vygotskian theory
Oct 28 Dr. Dian Ratna Sawitri Diponegoro University Indonesia Perceived congruence with parents and adolescent career development in a collectivist setting
Nov 4 Dr. Laura Justice Ohio State University Friends or Foes: Do Children Affect One Another in Preschool Settings?
Nov 11   Dr. Joseph Williams CEHD, GMU Embracing a Strength-Based Perspective and Practice in Research
Nov 18 TBA Department Brown Bag TBA - Different Location TBA
Dec 2 Meredith Fox NIH Careers in Science Policy
Dec 9 Dr. Amy Madigan US HHS, ACF, OPRE Child Development Policy and Evaluation Research at the Federal Level