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.
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1991 )
Children's thinking and learning processes
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of Washington, 1976)
Social and economic stress; Life course development; Family interaction processes; Family research methods
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2002)
Longitudinal data analysis techniques, conceptualizing developmental processes, motivational development
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2002)
- (Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977 )
Child abuse, children's memory and eyewitness testimony
- (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
- (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.
- (36 Professor, Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1995)
Socialization, emotion regulation, prosocial development, psychopathology
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1999)
Children's knowledge about thinking and emotion, early psychological understanding
- (Professor, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, Psychology 1991)
Research involves the origins and early development of mental abilities in infancy.
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1998)
Development of symbolic representation; developmental neuroscience; neurodevelopmental disorders
- (Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995)
Personality and self esteem development, self and emotion, interpersonal perception
- (Professor, Ph.D., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1975 )
Autism and other developmental disorders and treating patients with developmental disabilities, especially young children
- (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.
Department of Psychiatry and Center for Neuroscience: neurobiology of memory, hippocampal function
Department of Psychiatry: infant sleep disorders
Human and Community Development: child abuse, psychological assessment
Human and Community Development: adolescent health
Human and Community Development: children's daily lives
Pediatrics: at-risk infants, child development
Human and Community Development: biology of behavior early play
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy,
Anthropology: primate sociobiology; female reproductive strategies
Department of Psychiatry: attention deficit disorder
Human and Community Development: individual differences in cognition
and MIND Institute: Joint Attention Schoolof Education
Human and Community Development : Adolescent peer relationships; bullying
: educational psychology, promoting educational success Schoolof Education
Pediatrics: child abuse and neglect, cultural and gender issues in child maltreatment
: child socialization Schoolof Education