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PhD in Developmental Psychology

Faculty Research

Our research is conducted in laboratories at New York University and the homes, daycares, schools, hospitals, neighborhoods, and community settings of the multi-ethnic and richly diverse city of New York. Additionally, international research is a cornerstone of the program, with faculty and students engaged in studying developmental processes and contextual influences across countries such as China, India, South Africa, Korea and Peru. We work closely with our affiliated global faculty at. NYU Shanghai and NYU Abu Dhabi campuses.

Areas of Research Focus

  • The intersections of biology, culture, context, and human development
  • Individual, family, school and community influences on development
  • Cognitive, language, emotional and social development in infants, young children, and adolescents, including research on at-risk and international populations
  • The cascading influences of developmental skills across domains and time
  • Children's learning, academic achievement, and attitudes toward school
  • Identity development among children and adolescents from diverse cultural communities

Program faculty also direct or co-direct affiliated institutes and centers at NYU, including:

Faculty Publications

To find out more about a faculty member’s research, please visit their NYU Scholars page by clicking on the professor’s name below.

Student Research

Students participate in the research team of a faculty member of the Developmental Psychology Program (or another Applied Psychology faculty, by program approval), beginning the first semester of the first year. Students are expected to allocate half of their time (at least 20 hours per week) to this research team throughout their graduate career. Students are free to transition to another team or divide their time among two research teams during their doctoral training. Students are encouraged to have a secondary research mentor over the course of their study to acquire expertise across multiple areas and to publish with several faculty members.