The Developmental Science Doctoral Program (DSP)<> in the Department of Psychology at FIU uniquely integrates basic and applied developmental science within an international, multicultural urban context. Leading to a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Science, the program has outstanding faculty and a diverse, committed student body dedicated to pioneering new directions in the study of the nature and basis of change across development. We are seeking outstanding graduate students to start Fall 2020. Application Deadline is December 1, 2019 Students interested in applying should contact possible faculty mentors (Lorraine Bahrick<>, Anthony Dick<>, Robert Lickliter<>, Eliza Nelson<>, Shannon Pruden<>, and Bethany Reeb-Sutherland<>). Visit<> for more information. Questions? Contact Shannon Pruden, Developmental Science Program Director, <>
We have several active federal grants and are seeking to fund several new students on graduate research assistant lines.
TRAINING · FIU’s DSP trains doctoral students for scientific careers in academic or other research settings. · FIU is one of the nation’s largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions offering diverse training opportunities available across multiple species, developmental stages, behavioral domains, and measures. · Students have the opportunity to engage with well-established scientists from other institutions through colloquia series. RESEARCH · FIU is classified as a Carnegie Foundation “highest research activity” doctoral university. · FIU’s Department of Psychology is ranked 9th in the nation for psychology research expenditures. · State-of-the-art research facilities are available through collaboration with the Center for Imaging Sciences and the Center for Children and Families. FACULTY · Faculty members work closely with students to equip them with skills needed to function as an academic or research psychologist. · Faculty are highly productive, with an outstanding record of external funding and publications, and are internationally recognized for their research. STUDENTS · Students receive a monthly stipend and full tuition remission. · Students receive guidance in obtaining highly competitive graduate fellowships. · Professional development panels and activities help students prepare for a research career.
Lorraine Bahrick (
Development of attention, perception, language, and social functioning in infants and children of typical and atypical development.
Anthony Dick (
Developmental cognitive neuroscience of language and executive function using MRI.
Robert Lickliter (
Behavioral embryology, prenatal contributions to postnatal perceptual, social, and memory development using bobwhite quail.
Eliza Nelson (
Motor skill development and language outcomes in children; laterality and social cognition in nonhuman primates. Shannon Pruden ( Individual and sex differences in child and adult spatial ability, with emphasis on examining role of language, cognitive, neurobiological, and affective factors. Bethany Reeb-Sutherland ( Individual differences in social-emotional development using brain and behavioral measures.