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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

PhD in Developmental Psychology


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Doctoral education in Developmental Psychology is the next logical, broad specialization that Walden’s School of Psychology offers.  Students interested in human growth and development across the lifespan are provided a doctoral level education in the PhD in Developmental Psychology program. The focus of the PhD in Developmental Psychology program will be on topics including the cognitive, physical, emotional, social, health, and cultural aspects of human development across the lifespan. Students will develop the professional skills needed for nonclinical academic, research, or professional careers. In the PhD in Developmental Psychology program, eight specializations offer students the opportunity to focus their studies: (1) General; (2) Administration and Leadership; (3) Child and Adolescent Development; (4) Health and Human Development; (5) International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology; (6) Research; (7)Teaching; and (8) Self-designed specialization. The doctoral program includes more research- and teaching-focused courses to add to the more practice-focused MS in Developmental Psychology program. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in developmental psychology to promote positive social change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities through teaching, research, and practice.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the PhD in Developmental Psychology program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize developmental psychology theory and research in the physical, cognitive, emotional, health, social, and cultural aspects of human lifespan development.
  2. Articulate the history of developmental psychology and how the specialty of developmental psychology is unique.
  3. Develop an identity as a developmental psychologist.
  4. Evaluate how key issues and seminal works within the field of developmental psychology (including the areas of the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of human development) apply to human development across the lifespan.
  5. Produce independent scholarly research utilizing basic and advanced research methods.
  6. Apply theory and research in the practice of a developmental psychologist.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply results of evidence-based developmental psychology research in various institutions and organizations concerned with issues impacting human development.
  8. 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.
  9. Apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) in developmental psychology research practice and work settings.
  10. Discuss how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of developmental psychology.
  11. Engage in professional activities related to developmental psychology that promote positive social change.

Degree Requirements


  • 110 total quarter cr.
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses(62 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Four 4-day residencies

Core Curriculum


Note on Licensure


The PhD in Developmental Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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