Developmental Psychology

Core Faculty

Joshua Aronson

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology
Metro Center

stereotyping; self-processes in motivation and achievement; stereotype threat; social influences on learning; performance and the development of competence

Clancy Blair

Professor of Applied Psychology


self-regulation in young children; executive functioning and school readiness

Mary Brabeck

Dean Emerita; Professor of Applied Psychology



values and conceptions of the moral self; professional and feminist ethics; intellectual and ethical development; interprofessional collaboration

Gigliana Melzi
Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Undergraduate Program Director


language and early literacy development, reading readiness, Latino family engagement practices in preschoolers education and learning, teacher & classroom discourse, dual-language learners.

Cybele Raver

Vice Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs; Professor of Applied Psychology


policy contexts of welfare reform and early intervention in supporting self-regulation and school readiness among low-income children

Selcuk R. Sirin
Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Dr. Sirin's Lab

immigrant youth development; cultural mismatch; school engagement; identity negotiation; meta-analysis

Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

Professor of Applied Psychology, Developmental Psychology Program Director 


language, cognitive development, and social cognition in infancy; early influences on school readiness; infant motor development in social context; parenting of mothers and fathers; cultural views and practices

Niobe Way

Professor of Applied Psychology



social and emotional development of adolescents; social (gender and ethnic) identities; intersection of culture, context, human development