Doctoral training in HD at the Human Development and Quantitative Methodology program, University of Maryland

The Family Involvement Lab (Dr. Natasha J. Cabrera) in the Human Development and Quantitative Methodology Department (HDQM) at the University of Maryland is recruiting doctoral students with interests in parenting and child development, Fall 2018.

The Family Involvement Lab, directed by Dr. Cabrera conducts research on the ways low-income, minority parents are involved in their young children’s lives, and the influence that mothers and fathers have on their children’s development. The first aim is to gather rigorous qualitative, observational, and quantitative data on the links between the quality of the relationship that parents have with each other, their caregiving and teaching behaviors, and young children’s cognitive and social development. The second aim is to disseminate this information to families, policy makers, and other researchers to encourage positive family involvement and child development.

Current research conducted by Dr. Cabrera and her students examines the impact of a NIH-funded randomized intervention (BabyBooks2) to increase parents’ knowledge of child development on children’s development; the associations between father and mother play on children’s cognitive, including math and language, and regulatory skills; the impact of stress and social support on parenting and children’s development; and, the cultural and ethnic differences in parenting behaviors that have implications for children’s wellbeing.

Family Involvement Laboratory

About the Training Program at UMD:

The Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology houses both Developmental Science and Educational Psychology PhD specializations. We have a stellar set of 15 faculty members, many of whom are cross-listed in both Developmental Science and Educational Psychology specializations. We are ranked 4th place out of 48 test programs in Human Development. Graduate students receive comprehensive, interdisciplinary training, attending seminars and workshops across campus in areas such as developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, educational psychology, philosophy, and linguistics.

Developmental Science. Research covering topics on development from infancy to adolescence, including math and number development, prosocial behavior, cognitive development, moral development, motivation, play, temperament, origins of prejudice and bias, fatherhood, low-income families, head start, learning, and developmental neuroscience.

Educational Psychology. Research covering topics on cognitive development, as it relates to language, literacy, mathematics, and reading, social and academic aspects of motivation and self-regulation, and parent, teacher and peer relationships as they relate to school success.

University of Maryland’s proximity to Washington D.C. provides unparalleled opportunities to interact directly with a wide range of national science organizations. Organizations such as SRCD, NIH, NSF, AAAS, and the National Academies of Science regularly hold talks and workshops that provide our graduate students with opportunities to network. While the Human Development and Quantitative Methodology program prepares students for an academic career in research and teaching, we also provide students with excellent preparation for many alternative career paths in science policy, research administration, and other opportunities.

Our mentorship model requires that interested students contact individual faculty members with whom they would like to work with, visit the faculty lab web pages, and apply to the program by December 1, 2017.