City University of New York Doctoral Program in Developmental Psychology

Doctoral Program in Psychology, City University of New York
Developmental Psychology Training Area
Professors Sarah Berger, Jennifer Wagner, Patty Brooks, Angela Crossman, Kristen Gillespie-Lynch and Jen Drake are looking for talented and motivated Ph.D. students to join their labs at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York for Fall 2018. They are within the Developmental Psychology training area in Psychology at the Graduate Center. Their research focuses on cognitive development.
Students accepted into the Developmental Psychology program represent a variety of undergraduate specializations including (but not limited to) psychology, education, linguistics, philosophy, literature, anthropology, sociology, and the natural sciences. Applicants to the Graduate Center must have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. An undergraduate major in psychology is not necessary for admission, but undergraduate courses in experimental psychology (or research methods) and statistics are required. All applicants must submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and personal statement of interests. Interested students should apply to the Developmental Psychology training area. The deadline for fall admissions is December 1. For information about applying,


Dr. Sarah Berger – Dr. Berger studies the relation between cognitive and motor development, specifically how changing motor expertise shapes infants’ problem-solving abilities. Another line of work examines the impact of sleep on motor learning in newly walking infants. Dr. Berger has full funding for 5 years for a doctoral student interested in these topics. To learn more about Dr. Berger’s research, please visit her website ( or email her directly at
Dr. Jennifer Wagner – Dr. Wagner is studying social and cognitive development in infants and young children using eye-tracking, psychophysiological responses, and neural measures.  This work spans typically-developing children as well as those at risk for later developmental difficulties, such as infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. To learn more about Dr. Wagner’s research, please visit her website ( or email her directly at
Dr. Patricia Brooks – Dr. Brooks explores learning and development over the lifespan. One line of research examines individual differences in first language acquisition in children and second language learning in adults and focuses on how the input may be structured to promote  learning. A second line of research explores ways to enhance student learning in college classrooms, especially with regards to the supporting the development of media literacy and critical thinking skills. To learn more about Dr. Brooks’s research, please follow her updates on ResearchGate or email her directly at
Dr. Angela M. Crossman – Dr. Crossman is interested in children’s early social, cognitive and moral development, particularly with regard to their impact in psycho-legal contexts.  Specifically, her research examines the development of deception and truth-telling in young children and factors that influence its development.  She also conducts research on the reliability and credibility of children’s memory reports.  To learn more about Dr. Crossman’s research, please visit her website at or email her directly at
Dr. Kristen Gillespie-Lynch uses a multi-method approach to investigate strengths and difficulties associated with autism from infancy to adulthood. In collaboration with autistic people, she examines societal conceptions of autism and develops supports to transform societal misconceptions about autism and to help autistic people succeed. These supports include autism trainings that have been associated with decreased stigma internationally, a uniquely participatory mentorship program for autistic college students, programming to help autistic adolescents transition into the workforce, and  a computer game to help autistic people develop collaboration and complex emotion recognition skills. To learn more about Dr. Gillespie-Lynch’s work, visit her ResearchGate page: or email her directly at
Dr. Jen Drake – Dr. Drake’s research program focuses on the psychology of the visual arts. In one line of research, she examines the emotion regulation benefits of the arts for children and adults, examining the advantages of expression versus distraction. In a second line of research, she studies the cognitive and perceptual processes underlying graphic representation in artistically gifted children. She also studies children’s and adult’s response to and understanding of works of art. For more information, you can visit her website: Interested students can contact her directly at


Other faculty of the Developmental Psychology Training Area at the Graduate Center, CUNY, work on such diverse topics as culture and context, effects of urban poverty, access to education, migration, parent-child relations, effects of societal conflict and change, children’s rights, work-place environments, new technologies, individual differences, disabilities. We strongly encourage joint mentorship and collaboration.
Student funding in Developmental Psychology includes Graduate Center Fellows (GCFs) or Five-Year Tuition Fellowships. We especially welcome applications from under-represented ethnic minorities who may be eligible for Presidential MAGNET Fellowships