VCU Psychology Department

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Developmental Psychology

The Applied Developmental Psychology Program at Virginia Commonwealth University fosters scholarship, teaching, and outreach to our community with the goal of understanding developmental processes across the lifespan. We emphasize research and applied skills in human development with a special emphasis on development in its social context. We prepare doctoral-level students for university or college teaching and research settings or for professional work in applied settings such as primary prevention, early intervention, or youth support.

This Web site is designed to provide information about our program to students and colleagues interested in Developmental Psychology. We appreciate your interest in our program and hope that you will find the information to be useful. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Mission Statement: The Developmental Division is dedicated to training Developmental Psychologists who will conduct research, teach, and apply developmental science in ways that are scientifically sound, ethical, and sensitive to the needs and diversity of a wide range of individuals, families, and communities.

How to Apply

General information about graduate study at VCU can be obtained from the VCU Graduate School web site. Application for graduate study in psychology with an emphasis in developmental psychology should be initiated online from the VCU Graduate School admissions page. Please note that there is not a separate application for the program or department.

Deadline for applications to the Developmental program is December 1. We plan to bring in new students in Fall 2016. The following faculty members are accepting applications for new graduate students: Drs. Wendy Kliewer, Terri Sullivan, and Marcia Winter. Please look at each faculty member’s description of research interests and consider how your interests make a match. You are encouraged to name at least one, and preferably two, faculty whose interests are a good match for you.

Some Developmental faculty admit students into the Clinical program. Please contact individual faculty members about this possibility. These applicants should apply to Clinical but indicate that they have an interest in being mentored by a faculty member in the Developmental program. Students may apply to BOTH programs if desired.

Contact Information

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Terri Sullivan, Director of the Developmental Division.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Developmental Division
806 West Franklin Street
P.O. Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018