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Developmental Psychologists study the cognitive, social and physiological development that occurs throughout a lifetime.  Developmental psychology focuses on the interaction between psychological processes and physical development.

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Developmental Psychologists can specialize in behavior during infancy, childhood, adolescence, or in the older adult.  Some Developmental Psychologists study specific developmental disabilities, their effects and treatment.  As a result of an aging population, there is more research studying ways to help elderly people remain as independent as possible.

What are the Responsibilities for Someone Working in Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychologists specialize in cognitive, physiological and social development during any stage of human development. They also work with patients with developmental disabilities. Their areas of expertise include age-related behavior and changes, abnormal developmental changes, as well as emotional development. Developmental Psychologists may also specialize in a specific period of human development, such as childhood, adolescence, middle age, or geriatrics.

Developmental Psychologists conduct research to investigate whether behavioral problems are related to genetics or social domains. They focus both on patterns of change and individual variations of patterns. They recognize that there are typical

paths of development common to most people but also individual paths that shape each person. Developmental Psychologists provide developmental intervention via research and apply it in healthcare and human services settings.

Where do Professionals in Developmental Psychology Work?

Developmental Psychologists work in many settings. They work directly with patients and indirectly in research settings. Developmental Psychologists work in areas of child abuse and abuse prevention. They also work as pregnancy educators and resource providers, in child-care settings and adoption agencies, and with early childhood education providers. Developmental Psychologists work at welfare agencies and agencies for missing and exploited children. They work at senior care facilities. They study patients in mental health care and educational settings.   

Developmental Psychologists often remain in academic environments where they conduct research with other mental health professionals. Many work in hospitals where they collaborate with medical professionals. Government agencies employ Developmental Psychologists to provide local communities with assessment and treatment services.

What Skills are Required in Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychologists possess active learning, listening and observational skills. They must be socially perceptive, being aware of clients’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do. They should have strong research and teamworking skills. Developmental Psychologists need strong critical thinking skills, using logic and reason to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, and be able to consider alternative solutions and approaches to problems. They must utilize complex problem solving skills to seek, identify and review new information. They must be active instructors, capable and willing to teach others. Developmental Psychologists need strong knowledge of psychological theory and a solid understanding of human behavior and performance. They should possess management skills with the ability to lead a team and manage data for academic review.  

How Much Money Can You Make in Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychologists earn an average annual salary of $79,000 but depending on their education level, area of interest, years of service, and location, that figure can rise significantly to an average of $129,500 per year. A Developmental Psychologist working at a hospital can earn up to $86,500 per year while one working in ambulatory healthcare services can earn $79,500 per year. A career in a government agency can earn $96,500 in annual salary. Developmental Psychologists working in elementary and secondary schools can expect to earn an average annual salary of $75,500. 

 

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Pediatric Psychologist - Development Institute Providence Children's Health Portland, Oregon US 01/14/2022
Providence Children's Development Institute is seeking a full-time Pediatric Psychologist to join an established and respected program that is dedicated to providing care for patients with special needs and developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder. You will be responsible for conducting cognitive and behavioral assessments, participating in complex team evaluations and providing support to children and their families. Work with a strong interdisciplinary team including developmental ... More
Quantitative Foundation Bicentennial Professorship of Education University of Virginia, School of Medicine Charlottesville, Virginia US 10/13/2021
The University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) seeks a distinguished scholar at the rank of associate or full professor (tenure-eligible) whose expertise will substantially advance the School and University's mission and vision for research and training related to autism. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of preeminence in school-based autism research (K-12) and have a proven track record of research and scholarship that is synergistic and complementary ... More
Department Faculty, Clinical PsyD The Chicago School Washington, Dist. Columbia US 01/24/2022
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC, is seeking exceptional applicants for an open rank faculty position in our APA-accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral (Psy.D.) program. Successful candidates will join a diverse and cohesive faculty of outstanding practitioner-scholars. Applicants must have a commitment to graduate instruction, training effective clinicians, supervising student research, academic advisement, and involvement ... More
Early Intervention Clinician UCP of Western Massachusetts North Adams, Massachusetts 12/14/2021
Overview:As part of the UCP affiliate network, UCP of Western Massachusetts offers a variety of community programs and services for persons with disabilities and other similar service needs, including Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Individual and Family Support, and Adult Family Care. UCP has two offices in the Berkshires, located in Pittsfield and North Adams. Learn more athttp://ucpwma.org/ ... More
Behavioral Health Provider MAMMOTH HOSPITAL Mammoth Lakes, California US 12/08/2021
We are looking for a compassionate and collaborative Behavioral Health Providerto join our growing behavioral health team. Our Behavioral Health clinic is attached to our Hospital which is a progressive, patient-centered, and quality driven 17-bed Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic with advanced technology, modern facilities, and superb medical staff. We are a financially sound, award winning District Hospital with over 400 talented team members serving ... More
Phyiscal Therapist I UofL Health, Frazier Rehab Institute Louisville, Kentucky US 01/04/2022
Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, KY, part of the University of Louisville Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Physical Therapist to join the Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program team. The Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program, www.victoryoverparalysis.org/pediatrics-about-us/, ... More
Phyiscal Therapist I UofL Health, Frazier Rehab Institute Louisville, Kentucky US 01/04/2022
Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, KY, part of the University of Louisville Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Physical Therapist to join the Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program team. The Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program, www.victoryoverparalysis.org/pediatrics-about-us/, ... More
Phyiscal Therapist I UofL Health, Frazier Rehab Institute Louisville, Kentucky US 01/04/2022
Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, KY, part of the University of Louisville Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Physical Therapist to join the Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program team. The Pediatric NeuroRecovery Program, www.victoryoverparalysis.org/pediatrics-about-us/, ... More
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