UNC Chapel Hill Developmental Psych Program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Developmental Psychology Doctoral Student Recruitment for Fall 2018


The Developmental Psychology faculty at UNC are excited to announce that we are actively recruiting graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year!


The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC as well as our Developmental Psychology Program are among the top in the nation. Our program provides comprehensive training in developmental theory, methods, and empirical study of the mechanisms that underlie social, emotional, cognitive and biological development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We are committed to fully funding our graduate students, providing opportunities through research, teaching, and fellowships.


The deadline for Fall 2018 Admissions is December 5, 2017


The following faculty are accepting students for Fall 2018:


Dr. Carol Cheatham, Associate Professor


Dr. Cheatham studies the individual differences in cognitive and social behavior as they relate to nutrition and nutrigenomics, utilizing both electrophysiological and behavioral methodology.


Dr. Shauna M. Cooper, Associate Professor


Dr. Cooper studies cultural and contextual factors that contribute to positive youth development, with a specific focus on African-American adolescents and families. Her work emphasizes the individual and concerted influence of family, school, and community contexts.


Dr. Jean-Louis Gariepy, Associate Professor


Dr. Gariepy studies the development and evolution of social behavior and the biological and behavioral aspects of social adaptation.


Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes, Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Term Professor and Developmental Psychology Program Director


Dr. Kurtz-Costes studies the development of children’s achievement-related beliefs and behaviors with particular attention to ways that race, ethnicity, and gender shape those processes.


Dr. Cathi Propper, Senior Scientist, Center for Developmental Science; Adjunct Associate Professor, Developmental Program


Dr. Propper’s research focuses on the development of infant and child self-regulation. She investigates child behavioral, emotional, and cognitive outcomes as the result of associations across levels (behavioral, physiological, genetic, environmental) and over time, from the prenatal period to early childhood.


Dr. Eva Telzer, Assistant Professor


Dr. Telzer’s research examines how social and cultural processes shape adolescent brain development, with a focus on both prosocial and antisocial behaviors, family and peer relationships, and long-term psychological well-being.


Other Developmental Faculty can be found here: http://devpsych.unc.edu/faculty/


Pertinent Websites


Developmental Psychology Page: http://devpsych.unc.edu/

Developmental Psychology Application Process: http://devpsych.unc.edu/application-process/

Center for Developmental Science: http://cds.web.unc.edu/