Research and graduate training in developmental psychology is a major focus of the faculty in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior. Faculty research focuses on the development of individuals across the life course as well as on the effects of the social, physical, and cultural contexts in which development takes place. Current research interests include child care and its effects on child development, transitions across the life course, the effects of divorce and custody arrangements, work and family, adaptive aging, culture and adolescent psychosocial development, relations between cognitive and emotional development, emotion regulation, and the development of health behavior during childhood and adolescence. The Developmental faculty and doctoral students share strong interests in problem-oriented research relevant to the improvement of individual and societal functioning.


Borelli, Jessica, Ph.D., Yale University
Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Cauffman, Elizabeth E., Ph.D., Temple University
Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Charles, Susan T., Ph.D., University of Southern California
Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Chen, Chuansheng, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Cross-cultural psychology, socialization of achievement, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Goldberg, Wendy A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Heckhausen, Jutta, Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Life-span developmental psychology, motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults, control and health, cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior

Levine, Linda J., Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Relations between cognitive and emotional development, how emotions influence attention and memory, the development of children's strategies for coping with negative emotions

Lukowski, Angela, Ph.D., The University of Minnesota
Memory development in infancy and early childhood; individual differences in long-term memory in infancy; the impact of early nutrition on development

Novaco, Raymond W., Ph.D., Indiana University
Anger, stress, violence, cognitive-behavioral interventions

Quas, Jodi, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony

Rook, Karen, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks