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Lynch School of Education

Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

doctor of philosophy (ph.d.)

Coordinator: Dr. Marina Vasilyeva, Campion Hall 239A, 617.552.6018, email

All members of the staff situate their teaching, research and service within the mission of the Lynch School, which is to improve human well-being through teaching, research, and service.

We prepare undergraduate and graduate students to serve diverse populations in a variety of professional roles as teachers and researchers in colleges and universities and as researchers and leaders in applied settings, including schools, government agencies, and health and human services organizations.

In line with accreditation standards and with our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program.

Upon completion of the PhD program, graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and theories in the field of child development
  • Critically evaluate existing research and integrate research findings across studies
  • Analyze applied and theoretical issues related to child development from different theoretical perspectives and based on prior research findings
  • Develop research questions reflecting basic and applied issues in the areas of education, social policy and human/community development
  • Use appropriate methodology to design empirical studies addressing research questions
  • Use a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques for analyzing data
  • Communicate research findings clearly and accurately in publications and presentations for both professional and lay audiences
  • Teach courses in the field at the college and graduate level

The focus of the Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology Program is development and learning in sociocultural context. Areas of program expertise within the study of child development and child functioning include cognitive development and social development from the preschool years through adolescence. We also have expertise on adult functioning in community settings. Development is examined, in both research and curriculum, across multiple, interactive contexts or levels. These levels include:

Individual Functioning
• Basic Processes
• Individual Differences
• Developmental Disabilities
• Biological Bases of Behavior

Interpersonal Processes
• Family Relationships
• Peer Relationships
• Parenting

Community, Cultural, and Public Policy
• Schools & Learning Environments
• Poverty
• Race and Ethnicity
• Gender

Information for Prospective Applicants

  • The Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology (ADEP) doctoral program considers applicants who have completed either BA/BS or MA degree.
  • Applicants are required to take GRE.  International applicants those native language is not English are also required to take TOEFL.
  • Applicants are encouraged to indicate in their application the name(s) of specific ADEP faculty member(s) with whom they are interested in working during doctoral training.