Resources for Current Students

Ph.D. Concentration in Developmental Psychology


UConn developmental psychology is highly collaborative. As a result, our graduate students work with colleagues across the Department, the University, and the State of Connecticut. Developmental psychology advisors have research laboratories at the UConn Storrs and Waterbury campuses. Many developmental psychology graduate students work closely with faculty in clinical psychology; perception, action, and cognition; and social psychology. We also encourage graduate students to collaborate with researchers in other UConn departments and institutions. Examples include:

Research Communities

UConn psychological sciences Ph.D. students concentrating in developmental psychology can get involved in several research communities at the University where they can explore their interests and meet researchers in other fields.

Brain Imaging Research Center

The Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) is a vibrant hub for multi-disciplinary research on the Storrs campus. The Center facilitates scientific discovery and theoretical innovation in cognitive neuroscience and other fields by providing access to state-of-the-art equipment and technical training. Additionally, the Center provides educational and research opportunities for UConn’s graduate students and disseminates scientific knowledge to communities at UConn and beyond.

Cognitive Science Program

The Cognitive Science Program (CogSci) studies how intelligent beings (including people, animals and machines) perceive, act, know, and think. It explores the process and content of thought as observed in individuals, distributed through communities, manifested in the structure and meaning of language, modeled by algorithms, and contemplated by philosophies of mind.

Graduate Training Programs

Ph.D. students in the Department of Psychological Sciences can participate in interdisciplinary graduate training programs, including:

Learn more about graduate training programs.

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) serves as both a beacon and incubator for research across the brain and cognitive sciences at UConn and beyond. Many developmental students and faculty are affiliated with IBACS. They offer many funding opportunities, including summer funding for graduate students, undergraduates, and seed funding for faculty.

Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy

The Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks in the areas of health behavior and behavior change.

Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication — Connecticut

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication – Connecticut (CNC-CT) is funded by a National Institutes of Health T32 training grant and offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships that:

  • provide targeted training in the cognitive neuroscience of communication disorders;
  • foster more meaningful connections between trainees and the clinical populations they study;
  • prepare this generation of trainees with professional tools to conduct and disseminate impactful research.

Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning

The Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning (ECOM) research group brings together researchers, faculty, and students from disciplines including philosophy, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and biology through its regular meetings, speaker series, workshops, and conferences.