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Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology

Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program in developmental psychology at Loyola University Chicago. This program is designed to expose students to a comprehensive analysis of the theories and research that constitute developmental psychology. The goal of the program is to promote understanding of basic developmental and applied developmental problems as well as basic research findings and theories concerning all aspects of development. This, plus the learning of a variety of research methodologies, is considered essential to success in the constantly changing world of developmental psychology.

The developmental psychology program was formed within the Psychology Department in the late 1970s and has grown steadily since then. We matriculate three or four students each year out of approximately 40 to 50 applicants. Successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, GRE scores of 600 or higher, and strong letters of reference. Considerable attention is also given to applicants' ability to articulate their research interests and career plans in their personal statements.

The developmental program is taught by four core faculty and numerous faculty affiliates from the clinical, social and experimental areas of the Psychology Department and other departments within Loyola University Chicago, such as the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology of the School of Education and the Erikson Institute. Students may choose courses and receive supervision from faculty members from any of these areas. Thus, students in our program have access to 15 to 20 scholars in the field of human development who can assist them with courses, individual tutorials and research projects.

The research interests of the faculty are diverse, spanning such areas as cognitive, social and emotional development of children from early childhood to adolescence. The specific research programs of our faculty have ranged broadly, including topics such as language development in bilingual children, communication among children and their parents, memory development across the lifespan, the effects of maternal employment on young adolescents, family relations during adolescence, body image in children and adolescents, and the role of parents in fostering individual differences among children and adolescents.

Student research activities tend to coincide with faculty interests, but exciting opportunities exist for research programs involving faculty from other program areas as well as developmental faculty.

Graduates from the development psychology program have started both academic and industry careers in the following organizations:

  • Creighton University (Assistant Professor)
  • Kenyon College (Assistant Professor)
  • Los Angeles School District (Educational Research Analyst)
  • Michigan Institute of Technology (Assistant Professor)
  • Microsoft (Software Specialist)
  • National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago (Survey Director)
  • Oregon State University (Assistant Professor)
  • Purdue University (Assistant Professor)

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