Join Developmental Psychology graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) tocontribute to path-finding research on the lives of children and youth. Our PhD program is unique in researching the integration of cultural, interpersonal, and individual aspects of human development. The program focuses especially on issues of diversity in relation to culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, social economic opportunity, and neurodiversity, as people engage across contexts of family, peers, school, community, technology, and media. UCSC is ranked fourth in the world for research influence (2015-16).
Graduate students affiliate with one or more core faculty members, to learn through engaged collaborative research. Our program is known for its congenial and cutting edge training.
Nameera Akhtar — early socio-cognitive and language development, neurodiversity;
Margarita Azmitia — family, peer, and school contexts of achievement and identity development;
Christy Byrd — school racial climates, adolescents’ identity and motivation;
Maureen Callanan — cognitive and language development in everyday conversations;
Catherine Cooper (Emerita) — adolescent engagement, Pre-K to 20 pipeline in education;
Audun Dahl — moral development;
Campbell Leaper — gender, sexism, socio-cognitive development, academic achievement;
Adriana Manago — communication technologies, cultural change, and social development during adolescence and the transition to adulthood;
Barbara Rogoff — cultural variation in the organization of learning processes, collaboration and learning through observation;
Su-hua Wang — early development through play, interaction, and technology.
Students also benefit from engaging with affiliated faculty within social and cognitive psychology. In addition, our interdisciplinary collaborations with other programs (such as Computational Media, Computer Science, Education, Latin American/Latino Studies, Linguistics, and Philosophy) help nurture students’ research and prepare them for a wide variety of careers.
Graduates of our program have accepted:
Faculty positions such as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of New Hampshire, University of Toronto, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Boston College, Clark University, University of Wisconsin, University of Colorado, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and almost all of the California State Universities;
Applied research positions such as Educational Training and Research, Stanford Research Institute; Postdoctoral positions such as UCLA and Harvard.
Due date: December 15, 2017.
For more information: http://psychology.ucsc.edu/about/research/research-areas-developmental.html or contact the Graduate Coordinator, Briana Munoz-Flores (firstname.lastname@example.org).