Human Development and Social Intervention

Program Contacts

  • Erika Jackson is the academic adviser and first point of contact. She is available to answer your questions regarding program registration, course scheduling, the pass/fail option, dropping/adding courses, pre-registration advisement, and any other concerns you have!  
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  • Contact information for APSY faculty, as well as all faculty research interests, can be found on our faculty page
  • Contact information for administrators and faculty in and outside of the department can be found within the NYU Directory

The advising record lists all program requirements; you should keep a copy handy at all times to track your progress. 

Human Development and Social Intervention Registration Planner

Human Development and Social Intervention Advising Record

Course Sequence

First Semester (12 units)

APSY-GE 2105 Culture, Context, and Psychology             

APSY-GE 2140 Measurement: Classical Test Theory             

APSY-GE 2271 Survey of Developmental Psychology             

APSY-GE 2837 Project Research Seminar I                         

APSTA-GE 2086 Basic Statistics II                                   

Second Semester (12 units)

APSY-GE 2838 Project Research Seminar II                        

APSY-GE 2173 Evaluation Methodology in Behavioral Sciences I  

APSY-GE 2094 Development and Prevention Sciences            


Third Semester (12 units)

APSTA-GE 2003 Intermediate Quantitative Methods or Elective1            




Fourth Semester (6 units)

APSY-GE 2077 Grant Writing and Grant Management for Social Sciences           

APSY-GE 2279 Risk and Resilience                                   

Additional Program Requirements

APSY-GE 2335 HDSI Integrative Seminar (0 units): Thesis

On campus research (to be completed each semester) 

APSY-GE 2686 Special Topics in Research (0 units): Off-campus research (to be completed in the summer between the first and second year OR during the final semester) 

1Electives are to be selected from approved areas of study and with advisement

Students who plan to complete the program on a part-time basis must meet with the academic adviser to create a plan.  Similarly, international students who need to take language courses should also meet with the academic adviser to assess whether any changes to the first semester should be made.  

Area of Study

Students should choose an area of study by the end of their first semester.  Students take three or four courses in one area of study.  The three areas of study from which students can choose are Human Development, Methodology, and Health.  If a student has a specific interest that reaches beyond these three areas, the student may propose a unique area of study.

This area of study should help define a question for the student’s thesis or capstone, as well as provide support for the thesis.  When choosing an area of study, students should consider the courses offered by the Department of Applied Psychology and other related departments.  Students should consider how the area of specialization relates to their research.  Once students know which area of study they would like to pursue, they will write a short statement describing their goals and will list at least six courses that support this area, allowing for flexibility if the desired course is not offered or available. 

Sample Electives Within the Established Areas of Specialization*

Developmental Psychology

APSY-GE 2115 Psychological Research in Infancy

APSY-GE 2184 Temperament-Based Intervention

APSY-GE 2345 Academic Achievement Gaps: Socio-Psychological Dynamics

APSY-GE 2270 Intervention and Prevention in Early Childhood Contexts

APSY-GE 2527 Development of Immigrant Origin Youth

APSY-GE 2528 Transition to Adulthood in Immigrant Origin Populations

APSY-GE 2832 Child Development and Social Policy


APSY-GE 2008 Sexual Decision-Making and Risk-Taking in Adolescence

APSY-GE 2022 Health and Human Development

APSY-GE 2038 Abnormal Psychology

GPH-GU 2343 HIV/AIDS Public Health Promotion

APSY-GE 2691 Drug Use, Abuse, and Addiction: Biopsychosocial Perspectives

PUHE-GE 2317 Global Issues in Public Health

PUHE-GE 2355 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health


APSY-GE 2141 Measurement: Modern Test Theory

APSY-GE 2222 Cross-Cultural Research Methods: An Introduction 

APSY-GE 2825 Understanding and Measuring Social Contexts for Development

RESCH-GE 2012 Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methods

RESCH-GE 2140 Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry

RESCH-GE 2142 Interview and Observation

RESCH-GE 2143 Participatory Action Research

*These lists are by no means comprehensive.  Students may seek relevant electives in other departments/schools within NYU. 

Students typically register for 12 units per semester, with the exception of the final semester, which has only two courses (6 units).  Full-time students take a minimum of 12 units per semester.  

Most summer classes offered by the Department of Applied Psychology run during four three-week sessions.  Students are limited to taking one course per session but may take as many as four courses over the summer, if necessary.  However, HDSI students rarely take summer classes.

The winter session takes place during three weeks in January, prior to the start of the spring semester.  Students are limited to taking one course per winter session.  Tuition and fees for the winter session course are applied toward the spring semester. Students may register for a winter course when they register for spring classes.  

Students who are required to take a minimum of 12 units to remain eligible for scholarships but who have fewer than 12 units remaining in their final semester should contact the academic adviser for instructions to avoid having the scholarship canceled.

Students who are taking 6-11 units in a semester are considered part-time and still meet financial aid eligibility.  If visas or other reasons require a student to be half time or full time, students may be granted equivalency.  Equivalency may be granted only for visas, student loans, student loan deferral, TAP and Veterans’ Benefits requirements.  For more information about this, please review the full policy at  It is important to understand that students only receive aid for the number of credits for which they are registered, regardless of equivalency status.

First Semester Coursework

Students will register for the following courses in the first semester:

APSY-GE 2105 Culture, Context, and Psychology (3 units)            

APSY-GE 2140 Measurement: Classical Test Theory (3 units)            

APSY-GE 2271 Survey of Developmental Psychology (3 units)            

APSY-GE 2837 Project Research Seminar I (0 units)                        

RESCH-GE 2086 Basic Statistics II (3 units)

In addition to the academic adviser, you are encouraged to develop a professional relationship with a faculty member with whom you have shared research interests and who will ultimately work with you as your thesis mentor. The faculty mentor is available to discuss broader academic, research, and professional issues.  Over the summer, you are encouraged to read through the faculty research interests posted here.  Feel free to reach out to faculty members with whom you have a shared research interest and inquire whether they are taking on new students for their research teams.  Ideally, you will be set up with a research team at the start of the semester, but don't worry if that does not happen!  Not all faculty are available via email throughout the summer, so if you don't hear back from someone with whom you especially want to work, try again in September. 

Students are required to participate in research labs each semester they are matriculated in the program.  Students participate in research on-campus during the fall and spring semesters.  In the summer before the start of the program, students should familiarize themselves with faculty research interests and begin reaching out to faculty members to inquire whether their research teams are open to new students.  Once students have obtained a position in a lab, they are expected to spend 10-12 hours per week in the research lab during the full semester.  

APSY-GE 2837 Project Research Seminar I and APSY-GE 2838 Project Research Seminar II are designed to support students with the research component of the program.  Project Research Seminar I takes place in the first semester and meets 6-8 times.  Though this course is 0 units, students will receive a letter grade.  Project Research Seminar II, which is a three-credit course, takes place in the second semester and also meets for 6-8 class sessions.  Combined, the two courses have 15 class sessions over two semesters.

To provide students with a greater breadth of research experience, students also participate in an off-campus research externship during the summer between the first and second years or in their final semester.  Students must work 10 hours per week over 15 weeks.  Students will meet as a cohort three times over the summer (or spring semester, for those students completing the externship during the fourth semester).  Students will register for APSY-GE 2686 Special Topics in Research for 0 units for the summer/semester during which they plan to take their externship.

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