Although training within the area of Developmental Psychology has a long history at Georgia State University, the Developmental Psychology Program was established by the Psychology Department in the Fall of 1998 and is a relatively small, personalized program.
Faculty and Faculty Interests
Faculty members include Lauren Adamson, Roger Bakeman, Marsha G. Clarkson, Gwen Frishkoff, Chris Henrich, Gabriel Kuperminc, Şeyda Özçalışkan, Mary Ann Romski, Rose Sevcik, Scott Weaver, and Rebecca Williamson (Romski has a joint appointment between the Psychology and Communication Departments). In addition, developmental faculty and students frequently collaborate with faculty in related programs within the department and with faculty in other programs in the university with allied teaching and research interests. The research of faculty in the program focuses on normative development as well as aspects of atypical development. Areas of particular interest to the core developmental faculty include typical and atypical development of communication and language, primarily in infancy and early school years, and incorporates genetic, neuropsychological, perceptual, cognitive, communicative, methodological, and social context concerns. A focus on academic performance and achievement of elementary and secondary school age children also is represented. All students are associated with a particular faculty member's laboratory and have the option of changing laboratories as their educational needs and interests develop.
For further information about the interests of the developmental faculty, see Faculty Interests (Developmental).
The Developmental Program occupies part of the seventh floor of the Urban Life Building. The space includes faculty and graduate student offices and a small library housing developmentally focused books and journals. Laboratory space on the same floor includes observation and testing rooms with one-way mirrors, video recording equipment, equipment (including computer hardware and software) for viewing and coding videotaped material, two sound-deadened, sound-attenuated rooms for the conduct of studies of auditory perception, augmentative communication systems for language intervention studies, and computers for data analysis. All graduate students have access to a departmental computer lab that houses networked personal computers, with site-licensed statistical packages, email, and office productivity software.