Our working thesis is that cutting-edge research in developmental science needs to be grounded in a profound understanding of both “what” develops and “how” development occurs. We aim to understand development from a “whole child” perspective—integrating research across multiple domains (e.g., biological, perceptual, cognitive, affective/emotional, and contextual) and examining the influence of their interactions across development.
Our multidisciplinary Developmental Science program focuses on integrative and translational research that uses a diverse range of methodologies, including: behavioral, clinical, neuroscience, and applied techniques. We have collaborative relationships with the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, the Center for Research on Families, the Rudd Adoption Research Program, and have recently expanded our Healthy Development Initiative in Springfield, MA. Our program also leads the broader, cross-department and college Developmental Science Initiative (DSI).
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Developmental Science Seminar Series: Spring 2021 Schedule
Laboratories within the Developmental Science area include:
- The Cognition Across Development Lab, directed by Tara Mandalaywala
- The Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience Lab, directed by Jonkoo Park
- The Early Academic Development Lab, directed by David Arnold
- The Individual Differences in Development Lab, directed by Kirby Deater-Deckard
- The Infant Cognition Lab, directed by Erik Cheries
- The Learning Lab, directed by Jennifer McDermott
- The Family Relationships, Affective Science, & Minority Health (FAM) Lab, directed by Evelyn Mercado
- The Neuro Learning & Performance Lab, directed by Youngbin Kwak
- The Somneuro Lab, directed by Rebecca Spencer
- The Richardson Lab, directed by Heather Richardson
- The Developmental Milestones Lab, directed by Ashley Woodman
All of these labs include graduate students in Developmental Science, and some also include graduate students in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program.