Developmental Psychology

Graduate Courses

Psychology (CSP) 557 - Seminar in Interpersonal Development

P. Davies
Takes a developmental psychopathology perspective in exploring the linkages between adaptive and maladaptive interpersonal relations and children's development over the first two decades of life. Examples of topics include family relations and psychopathology (e.g., depression, alcoholism), quality of peer relationships, friendships, adolescent romantic relationships, and the interplay among these relationship domains.

Psychology (CSP) 560 - Family Processes in Childhood

P. Davies
Covers the developmental psychopathology of family relationships with a specific focus on how parent-child, interparental, sibling, and whole family relationships play a role in the development of children's psychological adjustment and maladjustment. Current directions in empirical research, theory, methodology, and their interplay are emphasized.

Psychology (CSP) 562 - Developmental Research Methods

P. Davies
The goal of this course is to address the nature of different developmental methods and designs and their application to different programs of research, especially as they pertain to central disciplinary issues of stability and change in development. Course curriculum covers characteristics of measurement and methodology (e.g., questionnaires, interviews, observations, developmental assessments), research design (e.g., experiments, quasi-experiments, naturalistic and field research), and analytic models (e.g., multivariate, developmental).

Psychology (CSP) 563 - Adolescent Development

J. Smetana
This course focuses on adolescence as a developmental period.  Theory and research focusing on the biological (hormonal and brain maturational) and social-emotional changes of adolescence are considered.  Development is examined in the context of parent, peer, and romantic relationships, in schools, and in terms of different developmental processes (autonomy, identity, etc.).  The risks and opportunities of adolescence also are considered.

Psychology (CSP) 566 - Neurobiological Foundations of Behavior

L. Bennetto
This course provides a graduate level introduction to brain-behavior relationships. Topics covered include historical and theoretical concepts in neuropsychology, the organization and function of the nervous system, the evolution of the human brain, neural development and plasticity, genetic and environmental influences on brain development, and basic cortical and subcortical functions and the disorders that result from neurological damage.

Psychology (CSP) 569 - Developmental Theory and Research

J. Smetana
This course focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of developmental psychology and its implications for current directions in research. The interplay between developmental philosophy, theory, research, and application are addressed, particularly as they apply to current theoretical and research directions in developmental psychology.

Psychology (CSP) 575 - Psychopathology

S. Toth
This course examines psychopathology of childhood and adulthood from a developmental perspective that encompasses the study of both normal and abnormal development. Topics covered include:  taxonomic, definitional, and epidemiological issues; mental retardation; autism; child maltreatment; affective disorders; schizophrenia; resilience; and ethical considerations in conducting research.

Psychology (CSP) 583 - Moral Development

J. Smetana
The purpose of this seminar is to examine major theoretical and empirical approaches to moral development. We will examine and contrast major theories of moral and prosocial development, including psychoanalytic theories (primarily Freud), cognitive-developmental theories (Piaget, Kohlberg, Turiel, and Eisenberg), and socialization theories. We will consider research methods and empirical findings within each approach and discuss the applicability of theories cross-culturally. The primary focus of the course is on psychological approaches to moral development, but we will also consider philosophical and applied (e.g., educational) issues.