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Developmental Psychology, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program 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

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

Tuition

2015-2016 $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall only, Dec. 1

Requirements Summary:

Most successful applicants have an undergraduate major in psychology or sociology, but students of high ability may be admitted regardless of undergraduate background. All applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

Assessment

Learning Outcomes for the PhD Program in Human Development

  • Make an ongoing and substantial contribution to the discipline by demonstrating accomplishments in research
  • Demonstrate advanced research skills
  • Demonstrate good citizenship in the academic community in the areas of research, teaching, service, and leadership
  • Demonstrate ethical and responsible conduct of research


Indicators and Evaluation Plan for the PhD Program in Human Development

Learning Outcome and Indicators

Evaluation Plan

Make an ongoing and substantial contribution to the discipline by demonstrating accomplishments in research

  • -  Journal articles
  • - Other publications
  • - Conference presentations
  • - Proposals submitted
  • - Fellowships and awards
  • - Initial job placement

Track overall graduate student research productivity by aggregating data from the required annual student reports to the Graduate Review Committee

 

Phase in a survey of initial and 5 year job placements (full implementation is not expected within until 3-4 years from now)

Demonstrate advanced research skills

  • -  Synthesize existing knowledge and critically evaluate existing work
  • - Acquire state-of-the-art knowledge of research methodologies and other technical skills
  • - Develop strong writing skills for communicating in the discipline
  • - Demonstrate ability to translate research to practice, programs, or policy

Track completion of substantive courses, methodological training, and degree milestones by aggregating data from the required annual student reports to the Graduate Review Committee

 

Survey A-exam practices in the department; survey over a 3-4 year period

Demonstrate good citizenship in the academic community in the areas of:

  • - Research
  • - Teaching
  • - Service
  • - Academic leadership skills

Track teaching and research evaluations, academic citizenship activities, and external professional activities by aggregating data from the required annual student reports to the Graduate Review Committee

Demonstrate ethical and responsible conduct of research

Track completion of responsible conduct of research and other research compliance programs