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Human Development

Field Description

The program prepares students for careers in academic life, primarily in psychology, sociology, or human development; ; in research programs of governmental agencies at various levels; and in a range of programs in community agencies and private enterprise. It does not prepare students to be clinical psychologists, school psychologists, or family life counselors.

Students develop an individual program of study and research in consultation with their Special Committee, which is chaired by a member of the members Field of Human Development but may include faculty members from other fields. All students are required to complete at least two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics and one semester of teaching. The field also requires that students complete a predoctoral research project or master's degree before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination.

All students are expected to acquire a basic background in the behavioral sciences and to master a broad base of knowledge of human development in the context of family and society. Both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degree programs require a research thesis or dissertation.

For the Ph.D. degree, two semesters of graduate-level training in statistics and some teaching experience are required. The field also requires that candidates complete a predoctoral research project before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination. The Ph.D. program ordinarily takes four years to complete.

Research facilities:
There are a number of fully equipped laboratories directed by individual faculty members who are conducting observational and experimental studies of basic processes in development. Students may also become involved in research or demonstration projects in the Family Life Development Center (child maltreatment and families under stress) and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (adulthood and aging).


Contact Information

Website: http://www.human.cornell.edu/hd/graduate/index.cfm
Email: blb5@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3181

G77 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

Developmental Psychology

  • aging and health
  • cognitive development
  • developmental psychopathology
  • ecology of human development
  • law, psychology and human development
  • social and personality development

Human Development and Family Studies

  • aging and health
  • ecology of human development
  • family studies and the life course

Faculty

Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development Research Interests: emotion-cognition interactions, facial and peripheral/central physiological expression of emotions
Charles Brainerd - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; law, psychology and human development; social and personality development Research Interests: cognitive neuroscience; memory and cognitive development; mathematical modeling; psychology and law
Anthony Burrow - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: developmental psychopathology; ecology of human development; social and personality development Research Interests: ethnic minority psychology; identity processes; development and function of purpose among youth
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development Research Interests: developmental psychology; cognitive development; word learning, spatial cognition, and the relation between language and thought in infants
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; developmental psychopathology; law, psychology and human development Research Interests: ecological model of intelligence; intellectual development; children and the law; forensic psychology
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: developmental psychopathology; social and personality development Research Interests: neurobiology of personality and psychopathology; psychobiology of temperament
Eve DeRosa - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development Research Interests: Attention and Learning, Cogntive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Rachel E Dunifon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human Development and Family Studies: ecology of human development Research Interests: child and family policy; family structure and child well-being; parent-child interactions
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: law, psychology and human development; social and personality development Research Interests: child abuse and neglect; early preventive interventions; stress and coping processes
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: social and personality development Research Interests: children's environments; environmental stress; the environment of poverty
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: cognitive development; social and personality development; social learning, with a focus on the development of speech and language
Concentrations: Human Development and Family Studies: family studies and the life course Research Interests: adolescent development and education; transition from school to career; apprenticeship; international comparison
Valerie Hans - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: law, psychology and human development Research Interests: psychology and law; social psychology; jury decision-making
Cynthia Hazan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: social and personality development Research Interests: affiliative bonding; attachment, parenting, and mating behavior; normative and individual difference processes in human social behavior
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; law, psychology and human development; social and personality development
Tamar Kushnir - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: cognitive development (early childhood); casual reasoning; social cognition/theory of mind; conceptual development/conceptual change; learning; casual modeling; computational models of learning and developmental change
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: life-span trajectories of motivation, emotion and personality; social cognition; health care choices and behaviors
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development Research Interests: first-language acquisition in various languages; universals in syntax acquisition; cognitive science
Jane Mendle - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: developmental psychopathology; social and personality development Research Interests: adolescent psychopathology; psychosocial development during puberty; behavioral genetics
Anthony D. Ong - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: social and personality development Research Interests: stress and emotions; resilience and life course development; ethnic minority mental health
Concentrations: Human Development and Family Studies: aging and health; ecology of human development; family studies and the life course Research Interests: sociology of family, aging, and the life course; social networks; family care provision to disabled elders; family conflict and abuse
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: law, psychology and human development Research Interests: psychology and law; civil procedure; environmental law
Manney C. Reid - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: ecology of human development; Human Development and Family Studies: ecology of human development; family studies and the life course Research Interests: social science and gerontology; experimental intervention research
Valerie Reyna - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; law, psychology and human development; social and personality development Research Interests: memory; judgment; decision making
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development Research Interests: fetal and infant development; early behavioral mechanisms and adaptive functions; developmental psychobiology; attention, thought, and action
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: moral psychology; metacognition; social and epistemological development; lifespan (especially adolescent) psychology; educational psychology; relational aggression
R. Nathan Spreng - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: aging and health; cognitive development; developmental psychopathology; social and personality development Research Interests: aging, cognitive neuroscience, fMRI, intrinsic connectivity networks, multivariate statistics, neuroimaging, neurology, personality and social neuroscience
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: aging and health; cognitive development; ecology of human development; social and personality development Research Interests: development of intelligence, creativity, wisdom, styles of learning and thinking, leadership, love, hate; teaching and learning; university education
Felix Thoemmes - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: Quantitative methods; causal inference; propensity scores; missing data; structural equation modeling
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: aging and health; ecology of human development; Human Development and Family Studies: aging and health; ecology of human development Research Interests: research methodology; program planning and evaluation; concept mapping and conceptual modeling; quasi-experimental research designs; implementation, quality and validity of research; evidence-based practice; multivariate statistical methods
Qi Wang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: autobiographical memory and self-concept in children and adults; emotion knowledge; cross-cultural research
Nancy M Wells - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: ecology of human development; Human Development and Family Studies: ecology of human development Research Interests: effects of environmental on health and concentration; well-being through the life course; environmental influences on diet, physical activity and obesity; influence of the natural environment on cognitive functioning and psychological well-being
Concentrations: Human Development and Family Studies: ecology of human development; family studies and the life course Research Interests: epidemiology of mental health and illness; gender, stress, and health
Concentrations: Human Development and Family Studies: family studies and the life course; Developmental Psychology: law, psychology and human development Research Interests: parental incarceration; child maltreatment; demographic techniques
Wendy Williams - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; law, psychology and human development Research Interests: development, assessment, training and societal implications of intelligence and related abilities in children and adults; interrelationship of science and policy
Vivian Zayas - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Developmental Psychology: cognitive development; social and personality development Research Interests: social cognition; relationships; attachment; self-regulation; unconscious cognition