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    UC Davis is a premier research institution. The Psychology Department contains five major "areas": Developmental, Perception-Cognition, Biological Psychology, Quantitative and Social-Personality. Boundaries between the areas are fluid and students are encouraged to take seminars in all five.

    The developmental area is a research-oriented graduate program focused on development throughout life and its applications. Faculty are prominent in their fields, skilled at mentoring students, and professionally active, involving their students in exciting and cutting-edge research programs. The wide range of faculty expertise facilitates research in many different areas of study, emphasizing close faculty-student collaboration, and interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Research topics include issues in developmental neuroscience in typical and atypical populations, symbolic representation in infants and children, children's psychological understanding and theory of mind, memory development (e.g., trauma and memory development, eyewitness testimony, metamemory), language development, emotional processes (e.g., emotion regulation, emotion understanding), social development (e.g., parent-child attachment, self esteem, conscience and moral development, prosocial behavior), public policy and child development (e.g., divorce, child maltreatment, welfare), and more. Faculty conduct experimental and longitudinal research, as well as research in field settings. Basic and applied research is encouraged. State-of-the-art instruction in quantitative methods for developmental scientists is also provided. Additional training opportunities are available through the multidisciplinary Human Development Graduate Group and faculty in the Department of Human and Community Development and the MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute.

    The city of Davis and the surrounding areas offer rich intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The University sponsors a number of cultural events, including world-class performances, distinguished speakers, free summer concerts, and innovative exhibits at galleries and museums. The campus is located about 15 miles from Sacramento (the state capital), roughly 50 miles from the beautiful Napa and Sonoma valleys (wine country), 72 miles from the cosmopolitan Bay Area (Berkeley and San Francisco), and about 150 miles from such spectacular resort and wilderness areas as Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Northern California, including Davis, is known for its outstanding quality of life.



              Zhe Chen's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1991 )
    Children's thinking and learning processes
              Rand Conger's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1976)
    Social and economic stress; Life course development; Family interaction processes; Family research methods
              Emilio Ferrer's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2002)
    Longitudinal data analysis techniques, conceptualizing developmental processes, motivational development
              Simona Ghetti's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2002)
    Memory development
              Gail Goodman's website
    (Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977 )
    Child abuse, children's memory and eyewitness testimony
              Katharine Graf Estes's website
    (Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007)
    Investigates how infants learn from statistical regularities in the language they hear and the nature of what they learn
              Amanda Guyer's website
    (Associate Professor, Ph.D., Yale University, 2003)
    Behavioral and neural function in typical and atypical development, developmental psychopathology, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral inhibition, social-emotional cue processing, interplay between fear and reward response systems.
              Paul Hastings's website
    (36 Professor, Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1995)
    Socialization, emotion regulation, prosocial development, psychopathology
              Kristin Lagattuta's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1999)
    Children's knowledge about thinking and emotion, early psychological understanding
              Lisa Oakes's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, Psychology 1991)
    Research involves the origins and early development of mental abilities in infancy.
              Susan Rivera's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1998)
    Development of symbolic representation; developmental neuroscience; neurodevelopmental disorders
              Richard Robins's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995)
    Personality and self esteem development, self and emotion, interpersonal perception
              Sally Rogers's website
    (Professor, Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975 )
    Autism and other developmental disorders and treating patients with developmental disabilities, especially young children
              Ross Thompson's website
    (Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan 1981)
    Early social and personality development; relational influences on emotion understanding, conscience development, emotional regulation, and self-understanding; developmental science and public policy

    *Faculty in the Developmental area of Psychology who also have primary appointments in other departments.


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