Developmental Psychology

The graduate program in Developmental Psychology prepares students for careers in academic and applied research settings. Developmental Psychology includes seven core faculty and several affiliated faculty in other areas of Psychology and related disciplines across the university including Law and Social Work.

An important question to ask, for those who are considering a Ph.D. is what kind of career opportunities will be available to me when I finish my graduate education? Some of our students choose an academic career path while others make contributions in varied types of applied settings.

Our graduates have obtained faculty positions throughout North America and we are well represented in Pacific Rim universities as a function primarily of USC’s strong international presence. Other former students, who are in the early stages of their professional development, have post-doctoral research placements. Many of our Developmental students who were not oriented toward university-based careers now work in applied settings. For example, one recent graduate is employed in a community based non-profit organization that provides educational programs for at-risk children. Another graduate of our program is applying statistics and methodological skills in working for a company that conducts educational evaluation studies.

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203