Human Development & Psychology Division
Overview of Program
HDP faculty and students employ a variety of research designs and methodological approaches. Faculty expertise includes qualitative (e.g., clinical structured interviews), quantitative (e.g., survey research methods) and mixed methods approaches, as well as randomized experimental designs, longitudinal and intervention studies. The program has served as a model for training in applied research and the application of research to real-life settings.
- Interactions between risk and resilience across development
- Concerns with life circumstances (e.g., experiencing poverty or immigration) and personal characteristics (e.g., ability to learn a language or disability) that make individuals or groups vulnerable to variations in achievement, social, and emotional outcomes
- Relationships between single and multiple risk factors
- Processes that mediate the presence of a risk factor and later outcomes
- Developmental trajectories of children and adolescents
- Identifying protective factors that may alter or alleviate the impact of high risk
- Specific disabilities such as autism, mental health disorders, intellectual disabilities, and language disabilities
- School-based research relevant to children's and adolescents’ academic, social and motivational development
- Developing more effective learning strategies for diverse learners
- Examining structural features (e.g., racial and ethnic diversity; socioeconomic composition of the school; dual language immersion programs) that affect educational progress and attainment
- Studying process features (e.g., peer relations, instructional approaches, parental involvement in schools) that affect educational progress and attainment
What Graduates Do
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Program, U.C. San Diego
Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, University of Georgia
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Washington (Seattle)
Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Associate Professor, Special Education, Charter School of Education, California State University, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar in Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Postdoctoral Scholar in Special Education, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Research Associate, LessonLab, Santa Monica, California
Program Specialist, Pomona Unified School District, California
Consultant, Milken Foundation
Research Associate, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles
Research Associate, American Institute of Research, Washington, D.C.
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