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 faculty member! - Kari Visconti

The ADP faculty and students are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kari Visconti to GMU as she begins her position as assistant professor in the Fall of 2013. Dr. Visconti comes to us from Arizona State University, where she recently completed her Ph.D. in Family and Human Development, being advised by Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd and Gary Ladd. Kari's research examines the cognitive and behavioral correlates of peer victimization, the role of moral cognition in aggressive behavior, and the influence of social skills on children’s peer relations and classroom adjustment. Welcome Dr. Visconti!


ADP Program Newsletter


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

Spring 2014 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Innovation 133 @ 12:00pm unless otherwise noted.

All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Source Title
Jan 29 Dr. Bethany Letiecq Human Development and Family Science, GMU Using a community-based action research approach in partnership with Mexican migrant families to promote mental health and justice
Feb 5 Dr. Jen Woolard Georgetown University You have the right to remain silent and be an adolescent: Informing juvenile justice policy through developmental science
Feb 12 Dr. Shannon Davis Sociology/Anthropology, GMU Internalizing Cultural Beliefs about Gender Inequality: The Construction and Implications of Gender Ideology
Feb 19 Dr. Christina Theokas The Education Trust Catalyzing Change in Schools: Lessons from Research, Practice and Policy
Feb 26 Craig Bailey, Grace Howarth, Naomi Watanabe GMU ADP Students Tips on Completing Comprehensive Examinations in the ADP Program
March 5 Drs. Jim Thompson and Sarah Fischer

GMU - PSYCH Dept Brown Bag

The HUB RM 3,4,5

Thompson - Neural mechanisms for basic social perception predict social network characteristics

Fischer - The influence of acute emotional experiences on craving and eating behavior

March 19 Drs. Sharon and Craig Ramey Virginia Tech Exploring human developmental plasticity in education and health
March 26 Dr. Hall Brown Howard University Sleep Disturbance in Children Exposed to Trauma: It's more than just nightmares
April 2 Dr. Adam Winsler GMU Childcare, School Readiness, Kindergarten Retention, English Language Acquisition, and Early School Performance Among Ethnically Diverse, Immigrant Children in Poverty: Results from the Miami School Readiness Project (MSRP)
April 9   Dr. Natalie Palacios, University of Virginia A Qualitative Examination of Language Practices During Mother-Child Play Activities Among Latino Immigrant Families
April 16 Dr. Joanna Williams, University of Virginia Ethnic Identity, Prosocial Values, and Discrimination: A Culturally-integrated, Strengths-based Perspective on Urban Male Youth
April 23 Lauren Fasig APA APA’s Children, Youth, and Families Office
April 30 Dr. Susanne Denham GMU Emotional transactions among teachers and children in the preschool classroom: Teachers contribute to preschoolers’ emotional competence