About our Program

What is applied developmental psychology?

Applied Developmental Psychology is fundamentally concerned with studying developmental processes from the vantage point of solving real-world problems or studying development in contexts.  It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic background, economic and social opportunity, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities, and settings (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings).


What we do

Every day, Mason faculty and students help solve pressing problems, illuminate important issues, and shape conversations.  We work to answer questions of relevance through research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.  One of our goals is to train students to teach and do research on basic and applied issues in development. 

Students are provided with intensive instruction in development, broader psychology, and research statistics; as well as rich lab-based mentorship, and rigorous research training. Graduates of our program are prepared to do applied work and research in developmental psychology.


Learn more about our graduate programs in Applied Developmental Psychology.