Developmental Psychology

Research in the area of developmental psychology focuses on the development of individuals across the life course as well as on the effects of the social, physical, and cultural contexts in which development takes place. Current research interests include child care and its effects on child development, transitions across the life course, the effects of divorce and custody arrangements, work and family, adaptive aging, culture and adolescent psychosocial development, relations between cognitive and emotional development, emotion regulation, and the development of health behavior during childhood and adolescence.


Borelli, Jessica Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Cauffman, Elizabeth Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Charles, Susan Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Chen, Chuansheng Cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Goldberg, Wendy Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Granger, Doug Interactions between behavior, stress hormones, and immune function and their relations to developmental psychopathology

Greenberger, Ellen Developmental Psychology, Social and Cultural Influences on Adolescent and Young Adult Development, Family Relationships and Consequences Throughout the Lifespan

Guerra, Nancy Youth development, Violence prevention

Heckhausen, Jutta Life-span developmental psychology, motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults, control and health, cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior

Klemfuss, Zoe narrative development; children’s autobiographical memory; sociocontextual influences on children’s narrative, memory, and well-being; children’s eyewitness abilities

Levine, Linda Bias in predicted and remembered emotional experience; effects of emotions on memory and decision making; emotion regulation in adults and children

Lukowski, Angela Memory development in infancy and early childhood; individual differences in long-term memory in infancy; the impact of early nutrition on development

Odgers, Candice developmental and quantitative psychology; social inequalities and child health; new technologies and adolescent development

Quas, Jodi Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks