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.
Prepare for thought-leadership roles in a broad variety of workplace settings as you deepen your expertise in developmental psychology.
Our globally relevant curriculum explores today’s most pressing issues through a multicultural lens, and examines their impact on human development across the lifespan.
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.
Each of our PhD in Developmental Psychology faculty members is a scholar-practitioner with a doctoral degree and demonstrated experience in their respective fields.
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
Sreeroopa SarkarProgram Director
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.Read Sreeroopa's Bio
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 life span development.
- Evaluate how key issues and seminal works within the field apply to human development across the life span—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.
What's the Career Impact of Earning a PhD in Developmental Psychology?
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 9% between now and 20292—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.