Educational Neuroscience Ph.D. program, University of Alabama

The University of Alabama invites applications for its unique interdisciplinary educational neuroscience Ph.D. concentration. As part of the Educational Psychology Ph.D. program, the concentration emphasizes the cognitive, affective, and neural mechanisms of learning as well as exploration of educational implications in one or more domains (e.g., math learning and numerical cognition, science education, reading and literacy, second language learning and bilingualism, morality education, learning disorders). Faculty in the educational neuroscience concentration use behavioral methods (eyetracking) and neuroimaging techniques (EEG, fMRI, fNIRS) to examine the neural bases of learning in populations varying in age, expertise, and diagnosis. The educational neuroscience concentration is highly collaborative; faculty and students routinely work together to conduct innovative research spanning their content and methodological expertise, resulting in an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment.

Additional information concerning the UA’s educational neuroscience Ph.D. concentration can be found at the following website:

Faculty (*actively recruiting for 2018-2019):

*Dr. Laura Morett (lmorett at<mailto:lmorett at>): Neurobiology of language, embodied cognition, second language acquisition, autism spectrum disorders, developmental cognitive neuroscience. Lab website:<;

*Dr. Audrey Michal (almichal at<mailto:almichal at>): Visuospatial processing, STEM learning, data visualizations, diagrams, cognitive neuroscience, scientific reasoning. Lab website:<;

*Dr. Hyemin Han (hyemin.han at<mailto:hyemin.han at>): Educational neuroscience, social neuroscience, social development, positive psychology, computational simulation, educational intervention. Lab website:<;

Dr. Lisa Hsin (lisa.b.hsin at<mailto:lisa.b.hsin at>): Cognitive/sociocognitive development, bilingualism, adolescent literacy, language acquisition, psycholinguistics. Lab website:<;

Dr. Firat Soylu (fsoylu at<mailto:fsoylu at>): Educational neuroscience, numerical cognition, STEM learning, embodied cognition, learning design. Lab website:<;

Dr. Steve Thoma (sthoma at<mailto:%E2%80%8Bsthoma at>): Moral judgement development, personality and social development, neuropsychology of moral reasoning and decision making. Lab website:<;

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the websites of faculty members listed above to learn more about their research and to contact them via email with inquiries. For general questions about the Educational Psychology Ph.D. program and admission requirements, prospective students may contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Steve Thoma (sthoma at<mailto:sthoma at>).

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, a city of approximately 100,000 residents in western Alabama. Aside from hosting the winningest football team in the Southeastern Conference (Roll Tide!), Tuscaloosa offers a low cost of living and Southern hospitality and charm complemented by a vibrant downtown with a variety of restaurants and family-owned shops, a farmer’s market, an outdoor amphitheater, and a folk art center and festival. Proximity to several state parks and forests and the Gulf Shore provide numerous possibilities for outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, trail running, spelunking, fishing, and camping. Nearby cities include Birmingham (< 1 hr.), Atlanta (3 hrs.), Chattanooga (3 hrs.), Nashville (3.5 hrs.), Memphis (4 hrs.), and Knoxville (4 hrs.).

Review of applications for fall 2018 admission will begin on January 15 and will continue until April 15. For best consideration for fellowships and graduate assistantships, please apply by January 21. Applications are accepted online via the following website:



Fully funded PhD student position in developmental psychology/autism research/ (infant) twin research (Sweden)

We are looking for talented and motivated candidates for a competitively-salaried 4-year PhD position that will be 100% financed by Uppsala University, Sweden. Our research program focuses on understanding early development in infants with emerging autism spectrum disorder. This exciting PhD opportunity will centre on analyses of a unique set of existing datasets that combine longitudinal studies of infants at risk for autism with twin studies of putative autism markers/endophenotypes in infancy and childhood. The PhD student should have relevant experience in computer programming for data analysis.We seek a responsible, dedicated person who will strive towards independence and excellence and is interested in building a research career. More information is available here: Candidates should contact Dr Terje Falck-Ytter, for additional information.

PhD program in Developmental and Brain Sciences at UMass Boston

Dear Colleagues:

The Developmental and Brain Sciences PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is currently accepting applications! Review of applications will begin 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 Core Faculty:

Jane AdamsNeurobehavioral teratology

Erik BlaserVisual Psychophysics

Vivian CiaramitaroSensory development and attention

Tiffany DonaldsonBehavioral psychopharmacology

Richard HunterNeuroendocrinology and Epigenetics

Zsuzsa KaldyCognitive Development

Jin Ho ParkBehavioral neuroendocrinology

Mohinish ShuklaLanguage and cognition

Ed TronickNeurobehavioral and social-emotional development

Susan ZupBehavioral Neuroendocrinology

PhD Program at UCI’s Department of Cognitive Sciences

PhD Program at UCI’s Department of Cognitive Sciences:

Faculty in the cognitive development cluster in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California Irvine (UCI) will be recruiting graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Sciences starting Fall 2018. UCI CogSci is a highly unique, interdisciplinary department with faculty who conduct research across a wide range of areas, including cognitive and conceptual development, social cognition, linguistics, decision-making, memory, philosophy, and neuroscience. Faculty research employs a variety of methods, including behavioral, neuroscientific, and computational. In addition, there is a strong developmental presence in neighboring departments, including the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and the School of Education.

UCI is a public research university located in the heart of Southern California with an excellent track record of serving underrepresented populations. Successful applicants will be guaranteed full funding for five years.

Laboratories seeking students interested in cognitive development include:

The Development of Social Cognition Lab (DoSC Lab; PI: Nadia Chernyak) investigates early childhood cognition and learning. Specific topics include the development of prosocial behavior, fairness and cooperation, free will and agency beliefs, and conceptual thought.

The Computation of Language Laboratory (CoLaLab; PI: Lisa Pearl) investigates the complex system we call human language, focusing on language acquisition and information extraction from language.

The Sarnecka Cognitive Development Lab (PI: Barbara Sarnecka) conducts behavioral studies of conceptual and language development in young children, especially in numerical cognition.

Prospective students who have overlapping interests with one or more of the above faculty are encouraged to apply. Applications are due December 1st, 2017. For more information, please visit


PhD and MA programs at Brandeis

Applications are open for the PhD and MA programs in Psychology at Brandeis University. A number of us have lifespan cognitive development interests. Please forward to your exceptional students and lab staff who may be interested!

Deadlines: Dec 1 for the PhD program; the MA program has rolling admissions until May 15, but first admission offers are made to applicants who have applied by February 1.

Located in the greater Boston area (Waltham, MA), we offer graduate training in a mentorship-based research program. The PhD program offers a track in the integrated study of Brain, Body, and Behavior, funded by a NIGMS training grant. Information on our programs is available here:
Faculty are conducting research in the following areas:

Cunningham, Joseph, Undergraduate Advising Head
Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Clinical and developmental psychology, nonverbal communication, emotional development, and gender differences.

DiZio, Paul, Department Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Expertise: Human spatial orientation, posture and balance, movement control and coordination, sensory-motor adaptation, motor development, multi-sensory interactions, space perception, space flight physiology, human factors in virtual environments, motion sickness, and brain-computer interaction.

Gutchess, Angela, Graduate Program Head
Associate Professor of Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Expertise: Neural and behavioral effects of age and culture on memory and social cognition.

Gutsell, Jennifer
Assistant Professor of Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Expertise: Social and affective neuroscience, cross-group resonance, emotion and self-control, empathy and environmentalism.

Jadhav, Shantanu
Assistant Professor of Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Expertise: Neurophysiology of learning and decision making.

Katz, Donald
Professor of Psychology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Expertise: Neural dynamics of gustatory perception and learning.

Lachman, Margie
Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Life-span development, midlife, aging, sense of control, adult personality, memory, health-promoting behaviors, and intervention research to improve cognitive and physical functioning.

Lackner, James
Meshulam and Judith Riklis Professor of Physiology and of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems
Expertise: Spatial orientation, human movement control, and adaptation to unusual force environments.

Liu, Xiaodong, Masters Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Applied statistics: linear and non-linear multi-level modeling / Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), General & Generalized Linear Modeling, and longitudinal data analysis. Child development: factors (at individual, familial, communal, & cultural levels) related to child psychological adjustment (internalizing & externalizing) and school performance.

Mitchell, Teresa Vann
Lecturer in Psychology
Expertise: Effects of age and experience on development, deafness, autism spectrum disorder, eye tracking and EEG techniques.

Molinsky, Andrew L.
Professor in the Brandeis International Business School
Expertise: Emotionally demanding tasks at work, including necessary evils and cross-cultural code-switching.

Sekuler, Robert
Louis and Frances Salvage Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience
Expertise: Visual perception, cognitive processes including visual memory, navigation of complex environments, imitation of seen actions, and age-related changes in cognitive function.

Snyder, Hannah R.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Expertise:  Links between executive function, stress and psychopathology (especially anxiety and depression) in adolescents and young adults.

Wright, Ellen J.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Connections between developmental processes, aspects of gender, and emotion regulation as those processes impact depression, anxiety, and stress.

Zebrowitz, Leslie A.
Manuel Yellen Professor of Social Relations
Expertise: Social psychology, face perception, facial stereotypes (babyfaceness, attractiveness), aging and social perception.

Doctoral Program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at NC State

North Carolina State University – Graduate Program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology

We are seeking qualified applicants for our doctoral program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at North Carolina State University, and we would appreciate your assistance in bringing our program to the attention of potential students. The program as well as the Department of Psychology has an active and growing group of faculty with expertise in development across the lifespan and particular strengths in the intersections among emotion, social cognition, and everyday cognitive functioning. Students in the program obtain a strong grounding in theory, research, and methodology in Lifespan Development, and are supported through graduate research and teaching assistantships.


Lifespan Developmental Psychology Faculty:


Jason Allaire

Everyday cognitive functioning of older adults; antecedents of individual differences in basic cognitive

functioning; cognitive interventions; short-term intraindividual variability; health disparities (


Lynne Baker-Ward

Understanding the processes through which children come to interpret, remember, and share their salient personal experiences, with applications to children’s testimony; autobiographical memory and well-being (


Daniel Grühn

Emotional and cognitive development in adulthood and old age, such as empathy, well-being, emotional complexity; and historical, cultural, and biological influences on emotional development across the lifespan (


Amy Halberstadt

Emotional experience and expression as embedded within family, school, and cultural contexts; affective social competence; gender issues through the lifespan (


Thomas Hess

Social cognition and aging; motivational influences on cognition; judgment and decision-making processes in later life; aging and memory in context, including stereotype threat. (


Kelly Lynn Mulvey

Social-cognitive development; intergroup attitudes; stereotyping and prejudice; theory of mind; social exclusion; resource allocation; social justice; gender; race and ethnicity; peer group dynamics; STEM engagement for underrepresented groups (joining the faculty in January 2018)


Shevaun Neupert

Daily stressors and their associations with affect, physical health, and memory across the lifespan; socioeconomic disparities in health; statistical techniques for examining change and intraindividual variability (


We encourage our students to engage in collaborations with research labs in other programs that also have developmental interests. Affiliated faculty with developmental interests include:

Jeni Burnette — Mindsets and their role in self-regulation and goal achievement using a wide variety of research designs, ranging from interventions to basic experimental methods to longitudinal surveys (

Jing Feng—Human attention and cognition, with applications of cognitive principles to human factors; individual differences and age-related changes in attention and spatial skills, as well as the effects of cognitive training; aging and driving, driver distraction and the design of information displays (

Mary Haskett—Bidirectional relations between parenting and children’s social-emotional functioning, with a particular interest in how these relations operate within families experiencing child maltreatment (

Elan Hope — Assets-based approach to investigate identity, ideology, and behavioral factors that promote academic, civic, and psychological well-being for racially marginalized adolescents and emerging adults (

Chris Mayhorn—Memory, decision making, human-computer interaction, home medical device design (

Anne McLaughlin—Human learning and the application of training, particularly age-related changes in cognition; maintenance of cognitive abilities and the application of feedback during training (

Kate Norwalk — Social dynamics of elementary and middle school students, the impact of students’ classroom social dynamics on their social, behavioral, and academic functioning, and ways in which teachers can leverage these naturally occurring dynamics to improve classroom functioning and student outcomes. (


Interested students are encouraged to find out more about our program at:


NCSU is located in Raleigh, a dynamic city representing the eastern point of the research triangle. It is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the US:


The deadline for applications is December 1. For more information, please contact Tom Hess (

Seeking PhD Student at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute Lab, Department of Occupational Science

Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh’s laboratory at the Brain and Creativity Institute and the Division of Occupational Science at the University of Southern California is looking to take a new PhD graduate student in Occupational Science starting the Fall of 2018.  The project will focus on brain imaging and behavioral testing of children with autism, children with dyspraxia, and typical controls. This is a 5-year paid PhD graduate student position (  Individuals with experience with brain imaging (MRI/fMRI) are especially encouraged to apply. To learn more about our lab, please see: To apply, please see:

Educational Psychology and Developmental Science at the University of Maryland

Graduate PhD programs in Educational Psychology and Developmental Science at the University of Maryland.

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.


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.

Graduate students welcome at the Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University

The Applied Developmental Psychology Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA (in the fabulous Washington DC metropolitan area) is now accepting applications for graduate study (MA/PhD) for Fall 2018 admission.  Our program focuses on important social issues and applied child development topics across a variety of areas including socio-dramatic play and the arts, core-skill cognitive interventions, ethnically and linguistically diverse children, peer relationships, school readiness, bilingualism, social-emotional competence, and classroom effects on development. Graduates of our programs are well trained in research methods and statistics and become professors, applied researchers, policy makers, program evaluators, and/or work in schools/industry, or directly with children, families, teachers, practitioners, and policy makers, depending on their own goals.

We encourage interested students to apply to work with one or more of our faculty members:

Timothy W. Curby (ADP program director) ( focuses on interactions that teachers have with children as a mechanism for children’s social–emotional and academic development in early and middle childhood (

Thalia Goldstein ( investigates how engagement in dramatic pretend play and theatre enables learning of emotional control skills, empathy, and social understanding (

Olga Kornienko ( examines how peer social networks promote and constrain psychological adaptation and health in adolescence and across the lifespan with a variety of methods, including salivary bioscience (

Robert Pasnak ( studies the effects of teaching “patterning” (for example A, A, B, B, C, __) on young children’s cognitive development and academic achievement (

Adam Winsler ( researches the effects of pre-K programs, school readiness, bilingual language development, private speech, the arts and child development, and the educational trajectories of ethnically and linguistically diverse students in poverty (

Review the application process or explore our website ( for more information on our course offerings and faculty. Please feel free to reach out at any time with questions you have about our program. Application deadlines are December 1 for PhD and January 4 for MA.

We wish you the best of luck as you explore your options for pursuing graduate study at George Mason University and elsewhere.

PhD position in language acquisition (Paderborn, Germany)


Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position within an interdisciplinary project EcoGest funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation). The project aims at investigating and modeling developmental change in gestural behavior with regard to different communicative genres and individual differences in spatial cognition. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Katharina J. Rohlfing, Paderborn University (Germany), SprachSpielLabor and with the project team to carry-out longitudinal research focussing on gestural and verbal behavior of 4- and 5-year-olds. Experience in conducting empirical research on language acquisition or communication applying coding multimodal behaviors within ELAN is desirable. Methods used include behavioral observations using coding schemas and transcription tools (ELAN) and statistical analyses of the data.

The position will start from January 2017.

Closing date for applications:  10th  November, 2017.

For further details on the project, please see the project website

To apply, send an application as a PDF to