PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology

About The Program

Fordham University's program in applied developmental psychology has received national recognition for research excellence and for its leadership in establishing national guidelines for graduate education in applied developmental science. Students are exposed to foundations and application of developmental theories and research methods to understand and enhance human development across the lifespan in real-world settings. Students engage in research with the faculty, gaining considerable experience conducting fieldwork relevant to assessment, research ethics, program development, program evaluation, and social policy. Through courses, research apprenticeships, and field placements, students in the applied developmental psychology program at Fordham have the opportunity to develop specific competencies in one of three ADP concentrations.

Fordham's program integrates rigorous research in developmental psychology conducted in both laboratory and applied settings with program and policy issues. Students acquire the skills to contribute to the continuum of basic, applied, and prevention science to advance programs and policies affecting individuals, their families, and communities. Faculty research and student areas of study are diverse, including descriptive, explanatory, and intervention research on: cognitive and social development within the ecology of family, school, and neighborhood; developmental psychopathology; development in the context of race, ethnicity, and culture; successful aging; and development and health. ADP students gain essential skills in statistical analysis of data from cross-sectional and longitudinal designs through close collaboration with Fordham’s renowned psychometrics program.

Recent Achievements

  • Francesca Falzarano and Christina Rucinski recently published a blog post for the Society for Research in Child Development about ADP's practicum and developmental psychology's real life applications.
  • Jillian Minahan and Dr. Karen Siedlecki were just awarded the Psi Chi Eastern Regional Research Award for their research examining the relationship between age and physical health and subjective well-being in an adult sample, which will be presented at the EPA convention being held in New York, NY from March 3rd-5th, 2016.
  • Sheena Jeswani was just awarded the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grants-in-Aid, which includes $1,000 for research on racial disparities in nocturnal blood pressure dipping.
  • Sheena Jeswani, the student representative for Fordham University's Psychology Department, was awarded the Association for Psychological Science Spring Rally Week's 1st place prize for the most number of new members to register for the 2015 Convention (May 21-24) in New York City
  • Dr. Joshua Brown has been elected to serve as one of the five senior representatives on the Steering Committee of the University-Based Child and Family Policy (CFP) Consortium. View more on our Blog.
  • Amid national discourse on race, recent ADP graduate Sara Douglass' dissertation on ethnic putdowns receives press. S-R-A, Fordham Notes.
  • Human trafficking research of current ADP student Stefanie Vuotto featured in Huffington Post, NY Times, and Inside Fordham.
  • Award-winning psychologist and ADP graduate Scyatta Wallace reflects on her tenure at Fordham and the cycle of empowerment.

Dr. Lindsay Till Hoyt (ADP) featured in FNN segment on sleep