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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.

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.