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, Ph.D., Yale University
Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Cauffman, Elizabeth, Ph.D., Temple University
Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Charles, Susan, Ph.D., University of Southern California
Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Chen, Chuansheng, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Cross-cultural psychology, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Guerra, Nancy, Ed.D., Harvard University
Youth development, Violence prevention

Heckhausen, Jutta, Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
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, Ph.D. Cornell University
narrative development; children’s autobiographical memory; sociocontextual influences on children’s narrative, memory, and well-being; children’s eyewitness abilities

Lukowski, Angela, Ph.D., The University of Minnesota
Memory development in infancy and early childhood; individual differences in long-term memory in infancy; the impact of early nutrition on development

Odgers, Candice, Ph.D. University of Virginia
Developmental and quantitative psychology; social inequalities and child health; new technologies and adolescent development

Quas, Jodi, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony