Area Contact: Dr. Bradford H. Pillow
Welcome! The Developmental Psychology faculty at Northern Illinois University invite you to learn more about our Doctoral training and our research.
At Northern Illinois University, our Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology is designed to prepare students for academic careers in research and teaching as developmental psychologists, or for non-academic careers in applied fields related to developmental psychology.
Through both coursework and individual mentoring, we provide students with extensive background in psychological theory and research related to cognitive and social development. This training prepares students for teaching college and university courses in developmental psychology as well as in general psychology. Financial support is available in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships.
The Developmental Psychology concentration emphasizes developmental processes during childhood, and adolescence. Special strengths include:
Students participate in research throughout their graduate careers. Toward this end, a low student-faculty ratio is maintained. Research opportunities that help students become highly competent research scientists are provided through research assistantships and independent studies as well as through the master's thesis and doctoral dissertation.