The Developmental Division of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut is currently recruiting highly motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychology with a focus on child development. The core faculty members in the Developmental Division are unified by a focus on the critical role that contexts play in the processes that govern the emergence and organization of cognition and behavior during development. Our specific research interests span several areas of development, including infant perception, language development, cognitive development, socio-emotional development, developmental cognitive neuroscience and atypical development in children with complex neurobehavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia and specific language impairment. Our faculty- led laboratories highlight these research areas: ·
Dr. Marie Coppola’s Language Creation Lab focuses on the role of the learner in language development, the emergence of new (sign) languages and the relationship of language experience to cognitive development, particularly numerical cognition. http://languagecreationlab.uconn.edu/·
Dr. Kimberly Cuevas’ C.A.P. Lab investigates how underlying brain-behavior associations contribute to the development of early cognitive processes (e.g., imitation, memory, learning, executive function). http://kidcaplab.uconn.edu/·
Drs. Jim Green and Gwen Gustafson direct the Infancy Lab, which focuses on social and prelinguistic development in the first two years of life, especially the roles that changes in infants’ capabilities play in altering the caregiving environment. http://psych.uconn.edu/faculty/james-a-green/ **Not accepting new students 2016-2017** ·
Dr. Nicole Landi’s Lab studies typical and atypical language and reading development throughout the lifespan using multiple cognitive neuroscience and genetic methods. http://landi.lab.uconn.edu/ ·
Dr. Letitia Naigles’ Child Language Lab investigates the influences of environment and biology on children’s acquisition of language, comparing children learning a variety of languages as well as children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. http://cll.uconn.edu/ ·
Dr. Adam Sheya’s Lab investigates the relationship between the process of perceiving and acting and the development of learning, exploration and problem solving between late infancy and 5 years of age. http://homepages.uconn.edu/~ads13009/home.html ·
Dr. Rhiannon Smith’s Social and Emotional Development Lab investigates the impact of friendships and other peer relationships on social and emotional adjustment in childhood and adolescence. http://psych.uconn.edu/faculty/rhiannon-smith/
Our Program has strong connections with multiple interdisciplinary programs including, the NSF funded IGERT: Language Plasticity – Genes Brain Cognition & Computation program http://igert.cogsci.uconn.edu/, the Cognitive Science Programhttp://cogsci.uconn.edu/, The Center for the Ecological study of Perception and Action (CESPA) http://ione.psy.uconn.edu/, and Haskins Laboratories http://haskins.yale.edu/ . Additional Resources available to doctoral students include the new UConn Brain Imaging Research Center, a 3200 sq foot suite for imaging design acquisition and analysis that features a 3T scanner for functional and functional MRI as well as diffusion tensor imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and simultaneous EEG and MRI recording http://birc.uconn.edu/, as well as the Kids in Developmental Science (KIDS) cross disciplinary resource for community engagement and recruitment http://kids.uconn.edu/
Our program of study requires five years to complete. Typically, graduate students receive financial support for all five years in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the department admissions page for more information: http://devpsych.uconn.edu/
Applications received by December 1 will be given preferential status for financial support (Departmental and University fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships); applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed for admission until February 1.
The University of Connecticut is a top-20 public university in the U.S (US News and World Report). The Department of Psychological Sciences is routinely ranked in top 10 in U.S. grant funding and its doctoral program is ranked in the top 30 public research universities by The National Research Council. The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s graduate students are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
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