Tulane University Ph.D. program in Developmental Science

Doctoral Program in Psychology: Developmental Science Tulane University, New Orleans, LA The Department of Psychology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA invites applications for Fall 2018 for its doctoral program in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Science. Students receive full-tuition waivers and graduate stipends throughout the academic year. Opportunities for summer support are also available. The application deadline is December 1st, 2017. The Department of Psychology at Tulane is home to a vibrant community of developmental scholars who study children from infancy through adolescence and focus on cognitive, motor, perceptual and socialemotional development in laboratory and the diverse neighborhood and school settings of New Orleans. State-of-the-art research facilities enable students to address research questions at behavioral and neural levels. The Department of Psychology also provides doctoral coursework and training in Behavioral Neuroscience, School Psychology (APA approved program) and Social Psychology. Cross-cutting interdisciplinary research opportunities exist as well through the: Tulane Brain Institute(http://www2.tulane.edu/brain/) Tulane Educational Research Alliance (http://educationresearchalliancenola.org), Tulane Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Research Laboratory (http://www2.tulane.edu/som/bangl/index.cfm) Tulane Computer Science Department (http://www2.tulane.edu/sse/cs).

The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission to the program in Developmental Science is December 1st, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors in Developmental Science at Tulane to discuss research interests. For more information about the Department of Psychology at Tulane and its doctoral program in Developmental Science, please go to: http://www2.tulane.edu/sse/psyc/academics/graduate/phd-programs/

Core faculty members in Developmental Science:

Michael Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor (mcunnin1@tulane.edu): Adolescent development, resilience & vulnerability, academic achievement, gender roles, African American populations

Jeffrey J. Lockman, Ph.D., Professor (lockman@tulane.edu): Perceptionaction development, early cognitive development, spatial cognition, tool use

Julie Markant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (jmarkant@tulane.edu): Attention-memory interactions, brain development

Affiliated faculty members in Developmental Science:

Courtney N. Baker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (cbaker@tulane.edu): Early childhood development, mental health, aggression and violence prevention, trauma-informed care, dissemination and implementation science, and community-based participatory research

Sarah A. O. Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (sgray4@tulane.edu): Early childhood social-emotional development, stress and trauma, parenting.

Bonnie K. Nastasi, Ph.D., Professor (bnastasi@tulane.edu): School—based mental health programming; child rights; mixed methods research

Stacy Overstreet, Ph.D., Professor and Chair (soverst@tulane.edu): Stress and trauma, resilience, school-based mental health


Inviting graduate applications for The Mathematics, Reasoning, and Learning Lab

The Mathematics, Reasoning, and Learning Lab (MRLab) at Rutgers University – Newark, directed by Dr. Miriam Rosenberg-Lee, is recruiting graduate students for the Fall of 2018.

The MRLab studies the brain basis of academic learning in order to understand why some individuals struggle to learn mathematical information, while others succeed easily. We use outside-the-scanner training with functional neuroimaging to track the brain changes that accompany real-world learning, and use this information to improve and refine instruction. We study a variety of populations, including children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, as well as adults.

Graduate students in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University – Newark typically receive funding for five years of study, which includes tuition waivers and stipends through a mix of fellowships and assistantships. For more information about applying to our graduate program overall, please visit our webpage: http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/department-psychology/graduate-training-developmental-psychology. Or contact Dr. Rosenberg-Lee at miriam.rosenberglee@rutgers.edu. Applications are due on December 1, 2017.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a top-ranked public research university, offering more than 100 graduate academic programs in 16 graduate and professional schools on three campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/Piscataway. The Newark campus is located in the heart of New Jersey’s largest city and is an easy 25-minute train ride from downtown Manhattan.

KSU Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Educational Psychology

KSU Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Educational Psychology

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology at Kent State University is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 admissions! Students will be part of a cutting-edge program that will train researchers in advanced research methodology, quantitative analysis, and instrumentation while students develop expertise in cognition, learning, and development. The research-intensive interdisciplinary doctoral program is a joint program between the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Psychological Sciences. Through this training program, students acquire the skills needed to produce rigorous research that advances knowledge, enhances learning, and improves educational outcomes. Applications are due January 5th. For more information about the program please contact Brad Morris (bmorri20@kent.edu).


Faculty accepting students for the Fall 2018 academic year:

Dr. Karrie Godwin’s Child Development Lab is looking to accept a new doctoral student in the Fall of 2018.  Dr. Godwin’s research focuses on the the development of attention regulation and executive function and how these factors influence children’s learning outcomes. Ongoing projects in the lab include investigation of how learning environments and instructional materials can be optimized to promote attention and learning. Dr. Godwin also studies how children’s language development influences children’s ability to reason about categories. The new Ph.D. student will be working with Dr. Godwin on a project examining attention allocation in beginning readers. This is a fully funded position. For more information, please contact Karrie Godwin (kgodwin1@kent.edu).


Dr. Bradley J. Morris is looking to accept a doctoral student for Fall 2018. Dr. Morris’s research focuses on (1) scientific and mathematical reasoning and (2) motivation. The goal of his research program is to identify the mechanisms underlying children’s reasoning (e.g., strategy acquisition and selection) and motivation (e.g., responses to failure) using a variety of experimental methods (e.g., eye tracking, electrodermal activity). For more information, please contact Brad Morris (bmorri20@kent.edu).


Kent State University is located in Northeast Ohio. There is plenty to see and do in downtown Kent. Attractions include restaurants, coffee shops, specialty shops, a yoga studio, bars, as well as live music venues. There are also plenty of outdoor recreation activities nearby including opportunities to hike and bike on hundreds of miles of trails as well as access to water sports including kayaking or canoeing along the Cuyahoga River and Mogadore Reservoir. Kent is an hour south of Cleveland where you will find world-class museums, a vibrant theater district, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sporting venues, an exciting restaurant scene, and a fantastic indoor market featuring over 100 vendors. Come check out the buckeye state!

UNC doctoral student recruitment!

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/

PhD Fellowships at the MPI

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences is once again recruiting three candidates for its coveted IMPRS Fellowships. The Fellowships are intended to encourage interdisciplinary language research that takes advantage of the high concentration of top-rated expertise and facilities available in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Each PhD position is funded for four years with a preferred start date of September 1, 2018. Theapplication deadline is January 2, 2018 (midnight CET).

The IMPRS is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University: the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities ranging from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques to a virtual reality lab, and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.

We aim to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of the language sciences. Broad questions addressed by students of the IMPRS include:

  • What is the architecture of the language system?
  • How is language represented in the brain?
  • What is the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental communication disorders?
  • Why is the human brain capable of learning and processing diverse languages?

The working language of the research school is English. Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2018) in a relevant field. If you have a background in (psycho)linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, molecular biology or genetics, computer science, or artificial intelligence, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area.

PhD students receive a monthly gross salary starting at approx. €2,300 to cover living costs in Nijmegen. Salaries are in accordance with the German wage agreement for public servants (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst, TVöD) set under a 50% contract at salary group level E13-1 plus a Gewinnungszulage(allowance) of approx. €400 per month.

Through the IMPRS, you will earn a PhD degree from the Radboud University. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Please send queries with “IMPRS 2018 application” in the subject line to imprs@mpi.nl


The online application system can be accessed here until January 2, 2018 (midnight CET). Please consult the list of potential supervisors for more information on research possibilities. You are required to select at least two researchers.

Finalists will each be asked to develop a research proposal in consultation with their proposed potential supervisors. They will then be invited to present their proposal at the MPI to a mixed panel of experts and non-experts. Proposals promoting interdisciplinary research are most preferred. Accordingly, applicants are strongly advised to consider a combination of researchers based at the MPI and its partner institutes (CLS, Donders Institute) as potential supervisors. Successful applicants will have full access to facilities and resources at the MPICLS andDonders Institute to carry out their research.


We aim to notify short-listed candidates by the end of January of Skype interviews planned in early February. Finalists will then be invited for interviews at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics planned in March. However, this schedule is subject to change.

Lab Manager Position at the University of Maryland

General Description:

The Social and Moral Development Laboratory at the University of Maryland, supervised by Professor Melanie Killen, is recruiting a lab manager.  The lab manager will be responsible for overseeing research projects on topics related to morality, the development of fairness and equality concepts, prejudice and bias in childhood, intergroup friendships, mental state knowledge in the context of morality and intergroup relationships, and peer-based social inclusion and exclusion.


Data recruitment (contacting school administrators for participation agreements, obtaining consent forms, and managing compensations for school participants), data collection (administering protocols to children and adolescents), coordination of communication with the lab team, instrument development, submission of IRB protocol forms, management of the lab and the lab website, coordination with the university lab preschool research staff, and general maintenance of the lab, and assistance with execution of research projects.  The lab manager will work closely with the P.I., graduate students, and undergraduate research assistants.

This position is a great opportunity for recent college graduates who would like full-time research experience prior to enrolling in a graduate program in developmental psychology, developmental science or related fields.  Collaborative research opportunities with the P.I. and the research team are part of this position.  University of Maryland is 25 minutes from Washington, D.C., affording research, educational, and cultural opportunities.


  • B.A. or B.S. in psychology, human development, or a related field
  • Background in child development, developmental psychology, or related fields
  • Interest in an organizational position with responsibilities
  • Experience working with schools and/or teachers
  • Desire to learn about the topics studied by the lab group
  • Familiarity with research software (e.g., SPSS, Excel, Power Point, Qualtrics)

If interested, please submit the following to moraldevelopment@gmail.com

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter detailing interest in the position and previous research experience
  3. Unofficial academic transcripts
  4. Contact information for three professional references

The position is currently open, and review of applications will begin immediately.  Start date is January 15, 2018, or sooner.For questions about the position, send an email to Professor Melanie Killen at mkillen@umd.edu.

Accepting applicants to Developmental Brain Sciences PhD Program at UMB

The Developmental and Brain Sciences PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is currently accepting applications! Review of applications will begin immediately, and a full review can only be ensured if an application is received by December 15th.

The PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston is focused on understanding cognition, perception, and behavior when underlying neural and hormonal mechanisms are developing. It is an intensive, developmentally-focused, research-based program using both human and animal models. Core faculty engage in research ranging from cognitive development and psychophysics to neuroendocrinology and behavioral genetics. Students may follow a Cognitive Neuroscience specialization investigating functional changes in perceptual and cognitive abilities or a Behavioral Neuroscience specialization investigating neural and hormonal correlates of behavior. All DBS students receive rigorous core training in methods (dry and wet lab skills, advanced statistical methods, computational tools like MATLAB) and work in labs using multiple levels of investigation including psychophysical and neuropsychological evaluation, functional brain imaging (NIRS, ERP), and neuropharmacological, molecular/cellular, and genetic/epigenetic methods. New lab spaces for the program are now housed in the Integrated Sciences Building, part of our campus on the Columbia Point peninsula. This location is just a few miles south of downtown, neighbors metro Boston’s other world-class research universities, and offers wonderful views of the city and Boston Harbor. Applicants will likely have a BS and significant research experience. We especially encourage members of underrepresented populations in neuroscience to apply.

For more information or to apply, please visit dbs.psych.umb.edu.

DBS Core Faculty:

Jane AdamsNeurobehavioral teratology

Erik BlaserVisual Psychophysics

Vivian CiaramitaroSensory development and attention

Tiffany DonaldsonBehavioral psychopharmacology

Richard HunterNeuroendocrinology and Epigenetics

Zsuzsa KaldyCognitive Development

(Emeritus) Celia Moore, Developmental Psychobiology

Jin Ho ParkBehavioral neuroendocrinology

Mohinish ShuklaLanguage and cognition

Ed TronickNeurobehavioral and social-emotional development

Susan ZupBehavioral Neuroendocrinology


PhD position in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University

Dear Colleagues,

I’m accepting applications for a PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies for the fall of 2018.  Broadly, my program of research focuses on early developmental trajectories of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  More specific research topics include: relationships between physiology and behavior, variability within the autism spectrum, early intervention, community engagement, and sensory symptoms.

Interested applicants can find information here: http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/hdfs/students/graduate/application_info.htmlPotential students are also welcome to contact me directly at carolyn-mccormick@purdue.edu.

Carolyn E.B. McCormick, PhD

Lab manager position, University of Maryland

We have an immediate opening for a lab manager/research assistant for the FluencyBank project, which is conducting a longitudinal study of fluency and language development in preschool children. This project is multi-year, and the position is renewable for 3 years.

Applicant must be fluent Spanish-English bilingual.  Job responsibilities include: experimental assessment of preschool participants, participant recruitment, tracking of participant data and transcription, organizing and assisting with weekly lab meetings.

The position, at either full- or half-time level conveys benefits. Salary is flexible depending upon the applicant’s qualifications; minimum commitment is 20 hrs/week. FTE salary for candidate with UG or BA qualifications ~$25,000-$30K/yr or equivalent base for part-time work. Graduate student candidate can receive University GA position, ~$21,000 and associated tuition benefits.
Interested candidates should send CV and unofficial transcript to nratner@umd.edu

University of Miami Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program

The Developmental Psychology doctoral program at the University of Miami invites applications for Fall 2018. The deadline is December 1st. Students are typically fully funded and receive excellent training for careers in research and teaching. Our program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of children’s cognitive, language, social, and emotional development in typically-developing, atypically-developing, and at-risk populations. Our developmental studies often include bilingual children and children from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The outstanding faculty in our program are committed to graduate training and mentorship.

 Please see the attached flier and visit us at www.psy.miami.edu/graduate/child-division/developmental for more information about our faculty and research.