Developmental Psychology

Development Within Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts

Our program is distinguished by research that integrates individual, interpersonal, and cultural processes of development. Our faculty study these developmental processes in diverse communities and institutions, including families, friends, peer groups, schools, and children’s museums.

Graduates of our program have accepted faculty positions at such institutions as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Toronto, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Boston College, University of Delaware, University of Wisconsin, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Surrey (England), and Technical University of Berlin; applied research positions at Educational Training and Research, and Stanford Research Institute; and postdoctoral positions at UCLA and Harvard.   

Faculty research programs investigate these topics:

Contexts for learning, academic, and scientific achievement, and career identities of cultural minorities and women, including social policy and educational practice [Azmitia, Hwang, Leaper, Menendez, Rogoff]

Conversations, narratives, and memory sharing as contexts for language, cognitive, and gender development, and the development of personal and social identities [Akhtar, Azmitia, Callanan, Hwang, Leaper, Menendez, Rogoff]

Infants’ and children's cognitive and language development through observation, overhearing, and exploration [Akhtar, Callanan, Hwang, Menendez, Rogoff, Wang]

Moral and emotional development [Dahl]

Learning and participation structures in informal settings such as museums, families, peer groups, and communities [Azmitia, Callanan, Dahl, Leaper, Menendez, Rogoff]

Development of social biases based on race, language, accent, and other social categories in early childhood and how to combat these biases and create a more equitable society. [Hwang]

The nature of culture and development: Interdisciplinary theories and research methods that link qualitative and quantitative approaches [Azmitia, Manago, Menendez, Rogoff]

Technology as a cultural tool for the development of children, adolescents, and emerging adults [Azmitia, Manago, Menendez, Rogoff, Wang]

Faculty Members Focusing on Developmental Psychology 

Nameera Akhtar

Margarita Azmitia

Maureen A. Callanan

Audun Dahl

Hyesung Grace Hwang

Campbell Leaper

Adriana Manago

David Menendez (as of July 1, 2023)

Barbara Rogoff

Su-hua Wang

Emeriti Faculty

Catherine R. Cooper

Per Gjerde

Avril Thorne