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 two new faculty members!

The ADP program is very excited to announce that we have two new tenure-line sssistant professors in Applied Developmental Psychology to start Fall 2017! Dr. Thalia Goldstein (currently at Pace University) (Website: http://webpage.pace.edu/tgoldstein/ Academia.edu: https://pace.academia.edu/ThaliaGoldstein ) and Dr. Olga Kornienko (currently at Arizona State University) (http://www.olgakornienkophd.com/research/ )


Dr. Goldstein studies children's imagination, pretend play, theatre, and social development - specifically how involvement in fictional worlds affects children's social and emotional skills. Dr. Kornienko studies how social/peer networks promote and constrain psychological adaptation, development, and health among ethnically diverse youth, and how biological processes that underpin stress, social status, and immunity, are associated with social networks.


We are very excited to welcome Olga and Thalia to our ADP community!

ADP Program Newsletter

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

Spring 2017 ADP Colloquia Series

All colloquia are located in Music/Theatre Building 1007 @ 12:00pm on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted.

All members of the GMU community are welcome to attend.

Date Presenter Source Title
Feb 1 Dr. Julia Shadur Post Doc, UMD Parenting Behavior and Child Emotion Regulation: Mechanisms of Intergenerational Transmission of Addiction
Feb 8 **


Feb 15 Dr. Wataru Suzuki

Miyagi University, Japan - Linguistics

Private speech, collaborative dialogue, and languaging in second language learning
Feb 22 Dr. Wendy Kliewer Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University New Findings on Emotion Regulation: Implications for Developmental and Prevention Scientists
March 1 Dr. Taryn Morrissey Public Admin and Policy, American University Neighborhood Poverty and Children’s Development
March 8 Dr. Marty Zaslow Office for Policy and Communications, SRCD Linking research and policy: The work of SRCD’s Office of Policy and Communications
March 22 Dr. Zahra Tabibi Education & Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mahhad, Iran Parental sensation seeking, supervisory attributes, and child cognitive abilities are associated with young Iranian children's perceptions of road danger
March 29 Dr. Charlene Chester Psychology, Morgan State University A Home for Me: African American Adoptions in the U.S
April 5 ** **

Department-Wide Brown Bag Location,

Speaker and Title TBA

April 12   Dr. Ellen Rowe Psychology, George Mason University Pilot study of a mindfulness program in a high school; Lessons learned
April 19 Dr. Marcia Winter Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University Child Appraisals in Stress Contexts
April 26 Dr. Adam Winsler GMU Psychology School readiness, retention, suspension, bilingualism, and long-term effects of pre-K, for low income ethnically and linguistically diverse children: Selected results from the Miami School Readiness Project
May 3 Dr. Jennifer Steele Education and Public Admin and Policy, American University The Causal Effects of Dual-Language Immersion on Student Achievement