Training in developmental psychology at the University of Kansas is both interdisciplinary and collaborative. Housed in the Department of Psychology, the Developmental emphasis profits significantly from a large array of affiliated faculty in other academic units such as Speech and Hearing Sciences, the School of Education, and doctoral programs in Clinical Child Psychology, Child Language, Gerontology, and Neuroscience. The developmental emphasis is also substantively linked to the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, the Kansas Center for Research on Developmental Disabilities/Mental Retardation, and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience of Communicative Disorders. Because of its broad collaborative nature, many of the Psychology faculty associated with the Developmental emphasis have affiliations with more than one entity on campus. This breadth provides students with vast multi-disciplinary training opportunities.
Continuing a long and prominent tradition of developmental science at the University of Kansas, the Developmental Psychology emphasis provides students with multidisciplinary exposure and experiences that will train them to conduct cutting-edge research on developmental phenomena across the life span. The training program includes a number of concentrations, including cognitive, social, evolutionary, language, and quantitative. Students work with their faculty mentor to customize a concentration that best suits the needs of the student and the expertise of the available faculty. The program is appropriate for students who wish to be trained in the context of the traditional divisions of psychology (e.g., cognitive-developmental, social-developmental, quantitative-developmental) as well as those whose interests may not fall squarely within traditional divisions of psychology.