University of Florida | Department of Psychology

Graduate Information

About the Program:

The PhD in Developmental Psychology encompasses the lifespan, from prenatal through late adulthood. The program involves collaborative and independent research activities, professional training, and teaching activities. The objective is to train and educate Ph.D. students towards careers in academic or applied research and teaching. Research training begins in the first term of graduate school. Each student works most closely with a single faculty member designated as their major advisor. Other faculty are available for co-mentoring and collaborative research.

Developmental PhD Requirements

For the PhD, students in the Developmental program must complete all the Departmental Graduate Requirements as well as all the Developmental Program Requirements and must be in compliance with the Graduate School Regulations.

The program’s primary emphasis is on research. However, students also gain experience in teaching as a requirement of the Ph.D. program. Further, professional experience is a critical component of our graduate training.