Impact scholarship and your career with a PhD in Developmental Psychology.

Prepare to investigate, apply, and teach innovative concepts in human development as a researcher, faculty member, administrator, or consultant. Walden’s doctoral program in developmental psychology includes coursework in sound psychology research methods, and how to view contemporary issues impacting mental health and human development across the life span through the lens of your results.

Why Pursue Your Online PhD in Developmental Psychology with Walden

  • Elevate your career. Prepare for thought-leadership roles in a broad variety of workplace settings as you deepen your expertise in developmental psychology.
  • Gain contemporary skills. Our globally relevant curriculum explores today’s most pressing issues through a multicultural lens, and examines their impact on human development across the lifespan.
  • Claim your niche. Align your studies to your personal and professional goals: Choose the General Program or one of seven specializations and master your knowledge in an area of human development that interests you most.
  • Learn from leaders. Each of our PhD in Developmental Psychology faculty members is a scholar-practitioner with a doctoral degree and demonstrated experience in their respective fields.

 

Two Paths to Your Degree

Track I: If you’ve already earned a master’s degree in psychology or developmental psychology, this track is for you.

Track II: If you are entering with a bachelor’s degree, or hold a master’s degree in a discipline other than psychology, choose this program track.

Choose the Specialization That’s Right for You

Child and Adolescent Development

Gain practical skills—backed by relevant research in child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health issues—to help children and adolescents overcome challenges such as bullying or obesity, and promote their well-being in a variety of settings.

Track I   Track II

Solidify Your Professional Identity

Blending relevant theories with practical skills, Walden’s doctoral program in developmental psychology equips you to impact the field as an expert developmental psychologist. Learn to apply your knowledge of human behavior, informed by foundational and original research, toward promoting positive social change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a variety of settings.

Meet Your Program Director

Dr. Sreeroopa SarkarDr. Sreeroopa Sarkar

Dr. Sreeroopa Sarkar has contributed her expertise to Walden’s postgraduate psychology programs for more than 14 years. A published researcher in the areas of mental health in school settings, mental health and gender, and human development, she regularly presents at national and international conferences.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s PhD in Developmental Psychology program, you will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize developmental psychology theory and research in the physical, cognitive, emotional, health, social, and cultural aspects of human lifespan development.
  • Evaluate how key issues and seminal works within the field apply to human development across the lifespan—including physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural aspects.
  • Produce independent scholarly research utilizing basic and advanced research methods.
  • Apply theory and research to the practice of developmental psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply results of evidence-based developmental psychology research in various institutions and organizations concerned with issues impacting human development.
  • Describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations (including, but not limited to, race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability) from a developmental psychology perspective.
  • Apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) in developmental psychology research, practice, and professional settings.
  • Discuss how social and political issues, policies, and events impact the field of developmental psychology.
  • Engage in professional activities related to developmental psychology that promote positive social change.
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We’re Here to Help You Thrive

At Walden, you can complete your PhD in Developmental Psychology degree while maintaining your work, family, and life commitments. And, we’re behind you at every step—with world-class, personalized support, including 24/7 technical assistance, peer mentoring, dissertation support, and more. Why wait? Start your application today, and take the first important step toward advancing your career.

Career Outlook

Across the country and around the world, people of all ages face unprecedented challenges that require sophisticated expertise to address. With a PhD in Developmental Psychology, you can help shape the future of the field—and its application to society’s most pressing issues.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, job prospects in the field of psychology are best for those who hold a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.1 Together with the fact that employment opportunities in postsecondary education are expected to grow by 11% between now and 20282—outpacing average growth for all other occupations—a doctorate in developmental psychology can open new career opportunities.

A PhD in Developmental Psychology can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  • College professor
  • Nonprofit program administrator
  • Early childhood education consultant
  • Policy researcher

A PhD in Developmental Psychology can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Educational services
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers. National job growth estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

3Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.

Note on Licensure:
The PhD in Developmental Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional

 

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