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The Ph.D. in ISHD requires 16 courses. The program prepares graduates for careers as university professors and researchers. Significant graduate-level preparation in human development or a master’s degree is recommended but not required for admission. Core areas of focus include developmental psychology, cognitive development, development in cultural contexts, and research design and analysis courses. Each doctoral student’s program of study is tailored to their own research interests in consultation with their academic mentor. If appropriate, students may choose to take courses with affiliated faculty in other departments such as sociology, psychology, pediatrics, or public health, in accordance with the student’s own emerging research interests.
The goal of the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (ISHD) doctoral program is to provide students with a strong foundation in developmental theory and research from interdisciplinary and life-span perspectives. The program offers opportunities for students to explore social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of human development from infancy to adulthood. Students learn about the processes of developmental growth and change in educational and sociocultural contexts. Students receive training for high quality research in human development using rigorous methodologies through participating in research projects with faculty mentors and coursework. In addition, students are encouraged to engage in collaborative research with faculty and students across areas and departments.
EDUC 667 Introductory Statistics for Educational Research
EDUC 680 Evaluation of Policies, Programs, and Projects
EDUC 682 Qualitative Modes of Inquiry
EDUC 764 Cognitive Processes
EDUC 767 Regression and Analysis of Variance
EDUC 860 Proseminar in ISHD
EDUC 880 Complex, Multilevel, and Longitudinal Research Models
EDUC 881 Applied Multivariate Statistics
EDUC 960 Advanced Research in Human Learning and Development
Xinyin Chen, Ph.D., Professor
University of Waterloo
Suzanne Fegley, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
Douglas A. Frye, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Elizabeth Mackenzie, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania
The Ph.D. in ISHD prepares students with a foundation in developmental theory and research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Doctoral students customize their program of study based on their research interests, working in consultation with an academic mentor. Graduates typically go on to pursue careers as university professors and researchers.