Welcome to the Applied Developmental Psychology Website!

GMU offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP). 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 members for Fall 2019! - Sabine Doebel

Dr Doebel received her PhD in 2014 from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development and worked with Drs. Philip Zelazo and Melissa Koenig. She comes to GMU after completing her post-doctoral position at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was mentored by Yuko Munakata, Akira Miyake, and Al Kim. Dr Doebel's research examines social and cultural influences on the development of executive functions (EF), and the role of language, logical thought and creativity. The ADP program is thrilled to have her join the program at GMU!


ADP welcomes new faculty members for Fall 2019! - Allison Jack

Dr. Allison Jack received her BA in Psychology and English at the College of William & Mary, followed by a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia and postdoctoral training at the Yale Child Study Center. Her background includes training in child psychopathology, social cognitive neuroscience, and imaging genetics, with specialization in neuroimaging and assessment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her work includes peer-reviewed articles on ASD and social brain function in Human Brain Mapping, Scientific Reports, Cerebral Cortex, and the Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, among others. Prior to entering an academic career, she was involved in the instruction and care of children with ASDs and co-occurring intellectual disability, accompanied by externalizing behaviors and sensorimotor impairments. This experience motivated her to focus her research on the etiology of ASDs (that is, factors that contribute to the development of autism), especially how aspects of brain structure and function can help us better predict social behavior and ASD treatment outcomes. She has a particular interest in autistic girls and women, who are understudied and under-represented relative to boys and men on the spectrum. Her primary current project involves combining information from fMRI, behavior, and genetics to explore what makes autistic girls unique. Dr Jack will be jointly affiliated with ADP and Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN).


New grant award to ADP faculty!

Dr. Winsler and PhD student, Courtney Ricciardi, received a new grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JCKF) to examine the excellence gap (income and racial disparities in access to advance courses in middle school and high school). They are using data from the Miami School Readiness Project (MSRP) in which about 40,000 mostly low-income and ethnically diverse students have been followed from preschool through 12th grade in Miade-Dade County Publis Schools.


ADP Program Newsletter

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

Fall 2019 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Robinson B 205 @ 12:00pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted. All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Affiliation Title
Sept 4 Dr. Gerald Clore UVA Psychology The emotion-cognition connection: The impact of affect depends on its object
Sept 11 Dr. Amanda P. Williford UVA, Education Supporting Children’s School Readiness through Teacher-Child Relationships and Statewide Assessment Systems
Sept 18 Dr. Manica Ramos

Child Trends

Working at a non-profit research organization – Child Trends
Sept 25 Dr. Peter Leone UMD Education **
Oct 2 Dr. Ellen Serafini GMU Spanish Applied Linguistics Differential predictability and dynamicity of individual differences in second language learning
Oct 9 Kathleen Moritz Rudasill VCU Education Temperament-based interventions in schools
Oct 16 Dr. Yulia Chentsova Georgetown Psychology Cultural shaping of emotional functioning
Oct 23 TBA    
Oct 30  Dr. Kostadin Kushlev Georgetown Psychology

The social price of constant connectivity: Smartphones impose subtle costs on well-being

Nov 6 Dr. Chelsea Derlan Williams VCU Psychology A developmental approach to ethnic-racial socialization and ethnic-racial identity
Nov 13 Dr. Jessica Connelly UVA Psychology Early nurture epigenetically tunes the oxytocin receptor
Nov 20 Dr. Susan Lapham American Institute for Research (AIR)

Project Talent: A short history of a very long study