PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology (HDFS) @ Pennsylvania State University
Doctoral Courses Completed
Partial list below:
HDFS 501 Issues in Human Development
HDFS 503 Human Development Interventions
HDFS 504 Consultation in Human Development Interventions
Faculty Link: Prof Dr Mark Greenberg (PhD in Developmental Psychology)
HDFS 522 Risk & Resilience
Faculty Link: Prof Dr Doug Coatsworth (PhD in Clinical Psychology & Child Development)
HDFS 506 Program Evaluation
Faculty Link: Prof Dr Ed Smith
HDFS 508 School-Based Interventions
Faculty Link: Prof Dr Scott Gest (PhD in Developmental-Clinical Psychology)
HDFS 539 Adolescent Development Seminar
Faculty Link: Prof Dr Jen Maggs (PhD in Developmental Psychology)
YFE 535 Youth Civic Development
HDFS 525 Family Relations Theory
Faculty Link: Prof Dr Ann Crouter (PhD in HDFS, Cornell University)
Penn State's HDFS - Top-5 in the US
Most of our faculty hold Ph.D.s in Psychology, and we have strong collaborative ties to the Psychology Department here at Penn State. Earning a Ph.D. in HDFS is generally considered equivalent to a degree in Psychology, and a large number of our graduates go on to hold faculty positions in Psychology Departments.
What is Applied Developmental Psychology?
Applied Developmental Psychology (also known as Applied Developmental Science or Human Development and Family Studies) focuses on how knowledge and research regarding human development can be used to help solve real world problems.
It focuses on the use of developmental theory and research to promote positive developmental outcomes in individuals, families, and communities.
The program emphasizes developmental methodology and research on development within changing social, cultural, and historical contexts across the life-span.
Students are trained on how to use science-based knowledge for many practical applications to promote healthy behavioral, social, cognitive, emotional, and biological development in persons of all ages. These applications include developing and administering assessment procedures that measure important developmental processes or important contextual influences on these processes (e.g., family environment, teaching strategies, cultural standards), designing and implementing interventions that promote optimal development with a particular emphasis on the prevention of developmental disorders, and disseminating information that promotes healthy development to the public, to professionals, and to policy makers.
Penn State's HDFS Ranking in the US
Overall Comparison: #1 (of 48) HDFS programs across the US
Adolescent Development: #1 (of Top-5) programs across the US
Child Development: #2 (of Top-5) programs across the US
Family Science: #1 (of Top-5) programs across the US
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