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Developmental Psychology at NDSU

What Is Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychology 
is the study of changes in human thoughts, feelings, and behavior across the lifespan. Originally focused primarily on childhood, today (and here, at NDSU) developmental psychologists focus on the entire life span, including childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.

Developmental psychologists, including those at NDSU study how age is related to:

  • problem solving abilities
  • the way we perceive other people
  • language development
  • social interaction
  • coordinated behaviors (e.g., driving, eye-hand coordination)
  • and more.
Graduate Programs

Prospective graduate students interested in developmental psychology may apply to work in developmental labs (see below) in our Health/Social Psychology or Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience Ph.D. programs.

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses we offer that are related to developmental psychology include:

  • PSYC 250 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 463 - Experimental Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 471 - The Psychology of Aging
  • PSYC 473 - Child Psychopathology and Therapy

Also, the Department of Human Development and Family Science offers relevant courses including:

  • HDFS 230 - Life Span Development
  • HDFS 320 - Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development
  • HDFS 330 - Child Development
  • HDFS 340 - Adolescent Development
  • HDFS 360 - Adult Development and Aging
Developmental Psychology Faculty and Research at NDSU
FacultyResearch interest(s)
Benjamin Balas, Ph.D.High-level vision, face recognition, visual development, ERPs
Erin Conwell, Ph.D.Early childhood development
Linda Langley, Ph.D.Cognitive aging, attention, visual search, cognitive training
Wendy Troop Gordon, Ph.D.Peer relationships and developmental psychopathology
Affiliated Faculty


Research interest(s)
James E. Deal, Ph.DPersonality development in children; Relationship between individual development and family relationships
Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia, Ph.D.Family and peer influences on adolescents disordered eating attitudes and behaviors
Heather Fuller-Iglesias, Ph.D.Social relationships across the lifespan (e.g. intergenerational relationships); Psychological well-being in old age; Culture and Aging; Migration, transnationalism and acculturation; Biculturalism 
Joel Hektner, Ph.D.Aggressive children; Research methods; Prevention programs for high-risk aggressive children; Peer affiliation patterns and peer influences on children's behaviors; Family and school conditions that facilitate optimal experiences (flow) and optimal development; The Experience Sampling Method
Melissa Lunsman O'Connor, Ph.D. Examining age-related differences and changes in cognitive and functional abilities, such as driving, among healthy adults and clinical populations; quantitative methods and psychometrics; interventions for improving cognition, health, and everyday functioning; and attitudes toward dementia.
Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D.

Child, Adolescent Development, Relational and contextual influences on adolescents' and young adults' positive and problem behaviors

Rebecca Woods, Ph.D.Perception and cognition in infancy; object processing; multimodal processing
Developmental Psychology Resources

Tell me more about developmental psychology - 
APA Division 7, Developmental Psychology

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Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8622 / Fax: (701) 231-8426
Campus address: Minard Hall 232 
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2765 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Department Chair: James Council, Ph.D.
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Last Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014 9:52:35 AM