FIU Developmental Science Ph.D. Program Accepting Students for Fall 2018

Developmental Science Doctoral Program

Florida International University


The Developmental Science doctoral program at Florida International University (FIU) invites applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Classified as a Carnegie Foundation “high research activity” doctoral university, FIU is Florida’s fastest growing public research university and one of the nation’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions.


About FIU’s Developmental Science Doctoral Program

The Developmental Science doctoral program integrates basic and applied developmental science within an international, multicultural urban context. Leading to a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Science, the program has outstanding faculty and a diverse, committed student body dedicated to pioneering new directions in Developmental Science. Students are trained for scientific careers in academic or other research settings. Twelve-month stipends are available to support doctoral students. Graduate training is available in the areas of cognitive, perceptual, social, language, spatial, memory, motor, emotional, and identity development, developmental cognitive neuroscience, autism, psychobiology, and comparative development. The program promotes collaborative research on issues related to development using behavioral, psychological, physiological, and neural measures.


About Our Faculty

The Developmental Science doctoral program faculty is highly productive, with an outstanding record of external funding and scholarly publications, and is internationally recognized for their research.


Lorraine Bahrick (Professor; Development of perception, attention, learning and memory in infants and children of typical development and autism.

Anthony Dick (Associate Professor; Developmental cognitive neuroscience of language and executive function using fMRI.

Asia Eaton (Assistant Professor; Gender/ethnicity/race in the development of romantic relationships among adolescents and emerging adults

Leslie Frazier (Associate Professor; Development of sense of self and psychosocial factors related to health related behaviors, weight-related concerns in disordered eating, overweight, and obesity.

Robert Lickliter (Professor; Behavioral embryology, prenatal contributions to postnatal perceptual, social, and memory development using bobwhite quail.

Eliza Nelson (Assistant Professor; Comparative motor development in children and nonhuman primates using 3D motion analysis; Laterality of motor control.

Shannon Pruden (Associate Professor; Development of first and second languages, and development of spatial abilities; Education practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Sex and individual differences in spatial ability.

Bethany Reeb-Sutherland (Assistant Professor; Development of individual differences in learning processes and social behavior.

Dionne Stephens (Associate Professor; Gender/ethnic/racial identity development with emphasis on health disparities; sexual health outcomes; interpersonal violence.


Application Deadline is December 1, 2017

Students should contact possible faculty mentors. More information about FIU’s Developmental Science doctoral program is available at Please contact Shannon Pruden, Developmental Science Program Director, at sdick@fiu.edufor questions about the program.