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 has an open Faculty Search for Fall 2019!

The George Mason University Psychology Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor Position beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. The position is in the Applied Development program, which offers both master’s and doctoral degrees. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The area of specialization is open; however, the department is especially interested in applicants whose scholarship centers on conceptually and methodologically rigorous research with diverse children and youth (e.g., stigma, culture, normative development, identities, and inherent strengths), development of basic cognitive processes with an applied bent, development during infancy–toddlerhood or adolescence, and/or human developmental neuroscience. We are open to compelling cases of other research areas that would fit in with the applied nature of our program and the current faculty. All hires in the department are expected to be highly competent in quantitative methods. Additionally, applicants who have a history of extramural funding, a strong publication record, the ability to mentor and teach quantitative methods, and the ability to contribute to a culturally inclusive environment will be given preference.


For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6168z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, research and teaching statements, and a CV. In addition, three letters of reference should be submitted in one of the following ways: uploaded online, e-mailed to sridley@gmu.edu, or sent via USPS mail to Ms. Susan Ridley, ADP Search Coordinator, George Mason University, MS 3F5, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Women, minority, and international candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

New major grant awards to ADP faculty!

Dr. Winsler (along with colleagues from the UNC Frank Porter Grahm Center at UNC) received a new research grant from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) for a 3-year project examining what goes on in Spanish-English, two-way immersion, bilingual education classrooms in early elementary school in North Carolina (i.e., languages used for instruction, teacher child relationship, child engagement and motivation) and how these factors are related to learning and language outcomes for Dual Language Learners (DLLs).


Drs. Goldstein and Winsler (and Kim Sheridan from CEHD/ CVPS) received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the establishment of the multiyear, renewable MasonARC -GMU's Arts Research Center. Multidisciplinary research on the arts and child development will be funded starting with a) large-scale secondary data analysis on benefits of arts courses from the Miami School Readiness Project, b) new laboratory experiments on the role that acting training has on children's emotional granularity and mental state attribution to others, and c) qualitative observational studio art studies with children. Also, biennial conferences will be organized at GMU bringing artists, arts researchers, policy makers, and the public together to better understand arts and human development. Our arts partners include the Mason Community Arts Academy and the Virginia Repertory Theatre.

ADP Program Newsletter

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

Fall 2018 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Robinson B 120 @ 12:00pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted. All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Affiliation Title
Sept 5 Dave Flanigan, Director, Grants Management, KaBOOM Transforming the lives of children through play
Sept12 Dr. Adam Winsler GMU How to make a curriculum vitae (CV)
Sept 19 Dr. Arya Ansari

Post-Doc, UVA

Classroom age composition and children’s early learning in Head Start
Sept 26 Dr. Ken Rubin University of Maryland The solitary child: Wherefores and repercussions
Oct 3 Dr. Dylan Conger George Washington University The Effect of Advanced Placement Science on Students' Skills, Confidence, and Stress
Oct 10 Dr. Mojmir Tyrlik School of Applied Psychology, Terezín Czech Republic Influence of mother's moderate alcohol consumption on behavior toward the child
Oct 17 Dr. Robin Panneton Virginia Tech Let’s face it: Influences of seeing a speaker on infants’ speech processing
Oct 24 **TBD ** **
Oct 31  Ally Patterson GMU Psychology (practice job talk)

Math strategies used by 1st graders: Prediction and Intervention

Nov 7 Dr. Aidan Bohlander Zero to Three Foundations of Infant Mental Health
Nov 14 Dr. Kathryn Degnan Catholic University Temperament in the Context of Daily Social Experiences
Nov 28 Anne Holton CEHD GMU Education Policy from a Practitioner’s Perspective