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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 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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Assistant Professor California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, California 09/22/2022
The Department of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2023. The area of developmental specialty is open, but preference will be given to scholars who will expand departmental expertise and contribute to the departments mission to prepare undergraduate students broadly for careers working with children, adolescents, and/or families from diversebackgrounds. ... More
Assistant/Associate Professor in College of Education - Early Childhood Education The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 09/22/2022
Description The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education - Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks applicants for the position of assistant or associate professor with a specialization in Early Childhood Education to begin in Fall 2023. The department is committed to an intellectually diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We are seeking candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, ... More
Student Success Coordinator(s) Christopher Newport University Newport News, Virginia 09/21/2022
Working Title Student Success Coordinator(s) Position Number FA374 FLSA Exempt Appointment Type Full Time Sensitive Position ... More
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Fielding Graduate University Remote, US 09/19/2022
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Location: Remote Reports to: Dean, School of Psychology Position: Part-time FLSA Status: Exempt Applications will not be considered complete unless a Resume/CV, cover letter, and teaching philosophy/approach are uploaded. ... More
Assistant Professor in Behavior Analysis, Department of Psychology, West Virginia University West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia US 09/19/2022
The Department of Psychology at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Behavior Analysis starting August 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. The successful candidate will contribute to our ABAI-accredited doctoral program in Behavior Analysis by conducting basic, applied, or translational research supported by external grants, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and coordinating student research and ... More
Tenure-track Position in Psychology Berea College Berea, Kentucky US 09/19/2022
Berea College seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Psychology to begin Fall 2023. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, but any candidate who holds a related degree or is nearing completion of their degree that demonstrates an interest in and ability to teach Abnormal Psychology will be considered. We are additionally interested in candidates that can contribute to areas such as Neuropsychology, Social, and Health Psychology. The ... More
Instructor The University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina US 09/18/2022
Advertised Job SummaryThe Department of Psychology is seeking multiple full-time Professional Faculty to join our vibrant, innovative and expanding Department. Our vision is to advance knowledge and solve real-world problems to improve health and well-being through high quality and impactful teaching. The broad research foci of the department include child and family, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, quantitative psychology, school psychology, and clinical community psychology ... More
Assistant Professor Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida US 09/16/2022
The Department of Psychology at Florida State University invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, with a start date of August 2023. Candidates with doctoral degrees in all areas of human Cognitive Neuroscience (broadly construed) who use fMRI will be considered to add to our growing neuroimaging group. Candidates must have a strong publication record, high potential for external grant ... More
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