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What is a Developmental Psychologists?

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 Developmental Psychologists 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 typically make around $75,000 a year but depending on their education level, area of interest, years of service, and location, that figure can vary significantly. Developmental psychologists working in Maryland make between $59,000 and $78,000 yet their counterparts in Washington make $75,000-$100,000 a year.

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INTERCONNECTED MINDS DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 02/01/2023
INTERCONNECTED MINDS DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIALocation: Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaOpen Date: Oct 26, 2022Deadline: The School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania intends to make multiple appointments across departments over the next few years as part of a thematic cluster focused ... More
Associate Program Officer The Spencer Foundation Chicago, Illinois 01/31/2023
Associate Program Officer The Spencer Foundation seeks to hire an Associate Program Officer to work with Foundation staff to implement goals in the major programmatic areas. The Associate Program Officer will report to the Senior Vice President. The appointment entails a four-year non-renewable contract. Primary responsibilities include: Working with Foundation staff on grantmaking, including: Reviewing grant proposals ... More
Associate Program Officer The Spencer Foundation Chicago, Illinois 01/31/2023
The Spencer Foundation seeks to hire an Associate Program Officer to work with Foundation staff to implement goals in the major programmatic areas. The Associate Program Officer will report to the Senior Vice President. The appointment entails a four-year non-renewable contract. Primary responsibilities include: Working with Foundation staff on grantmaking, including: Reviewing grant proposals and facilitating external reviews. Providing ... More
Visiting Lecturer in Psychology TCU School of Medicine Texas 01/31/2023
Application Deadline Open until filled Position Details This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person. The Department of Psychology seeks two full-time visiting lecturers for the 2023-2024 academic year. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or closely related field and experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Area of expertise is open but the ideal candidate will have experience teaching introductory psychology ... More
Associate Program Officer The Spencer Foundation Chicago, Illinois 01/30/2023
Associate Program Officer The Spencer Foundation seeks to hire an Associate Program Officer to work with Foundation staff to implement goals in the major programmatic areas. The Associate Program Officer will report to the Senior Vice President. The appointment entails a four-year non-renewable contract. Primary responsibilities include: Working with Foundation staff on grantmaking, including: ... More
Parent Infant Early Childhood Training Professionals University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 01/30/2023
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, has multiple opportunities for a Training Specialist, Senior Training Specialist, Lead Training Specialist, or Training Manager for the Institutes Parent, Infant, and Early Childhood (PIEC) Team. These positions are responsible for all functions related to training and technical assistance for supporting PIEC efforts throughout the state of Maryland. ... More
Research Administrator, Department of Surgery Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 01/26/2023
Research Operations ManagerOverview: Dr. Thomson, Director of Research at the Injury and Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) at VCU, is accepting applications for a Research Operations Manager. IVPP Research Lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms behind violence and to develop/evaluate intervention and prevention approaches for injury and violence prevention. This includes evaluation research of interventions for firearm-related violence, intimate partner ... More
Visiting Assistant Professor Indiana University Indiana 01/26/2023
Position SummaryVisiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University-BloomingtonWe seek to fill one position for a visiting assistant professor to teach undergraduate courses in the area of either Developmental Psychology or Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The candidate will also contribute to general introductory courses in our psychology or neuroscience majors. This will be a 1-year appointment, renewable ... More
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