Our HDQM programs provide students with a foundation in the core concepts of human development, school and mental health counseling, and statistical methods.


Engaged scholarship meets practical problem-solving in Penn GSE’s Human Development and Quantitative Methods (HDQM) division. This vibrant division encompasses two distinct but related areas: human development and quantitative methods. Our eight degree programs provide the opportunity to specialize in human development for students primarily interested in careers in developmental research or policy-making; school and mental health counseling for students pursuing careers focused on counseling and clinical practice; and quantitative methods for scholars interested in careers in academic institutions, government, and research firms worldwide.

Degree Programs

Human Development Programs

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (ISHD), Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
More about this ProgramThe one-calendar-year M.S.Ed. in ISHD requires a total of 10 courses (typically completed in two semesters plus a summer term) in lifespan human development, cultural studies, and research methodologies. The program is designed for pre-professional training and to prepare students to advance within their careers by gaining a better understanding of human development issues.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (ISHD), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
More about this ProgramThe ISHD Ph.D. 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.


Professional Counseling Programs

Year One: Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS), M.S.Ed.
More about this ProgramThe 12-month Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), a gateway to professional training in psychology, mental health counseling, research, and school counseling, lays the groundwork for the Professional Counseling program, which you can complete with a second year of study.

Year Two: Professional Counseling (PC), M.Phil.Ed.
More about this ProgramThe one-year Professional Counseling program functions as the second year of the Counseling and Mental Health Services program. Students accepted to the PC program pursue a Master's of Philosophy in Education degree, with the option of also pursuing School Counseling certification.

School and Mental Health Counseling (SMHC), M.S.Ed.
More about this ProgramSMHC replicates the Counseling and Mental Health Services and Professional Counseling programs and is offered over the course of two years in a format suitable for students who wish to continue to work full time while pursuing a counseling degree.


Quantitative Methods Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
More about this ProgramThe Ph.D. in QM requires a minimum of 20 course units. Students who apply directly to doctoral-level study following a baccalaureate degree will enroll in the core courses described for SMART M.S.Ed. degree. In addition to the more advanced courses listed below, doctoral students will design their individual course of study in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Master of Philosophy in Education (M.Phil.Ed.)
More about this ProgramThe M.Phil.Ed. program in Quantitative Methods is designed for professionals who have already earned a relevant master's degree and wish to advance their mastery of scale development and assessment, design of randomized field trials and experiments, multivariate statistical analysis, and the production of high-quality evidence for decision-making in public and organizational policy. Emphasis is placed on mentored research. This is a 14-course-unit program, which includes the SMART degree required courses (or equivalent elsewhere) with a required comprehensive examination and an empirical research project.

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology (SMART)
More about this ProgramThe SMART Master of Science in Education degree program is designed to prepare individuals for work in research and assessment organizations that place high value on quality of evidence, statistical analysis, assessment, and psychometrics, as well as the use of technology in producing evidence and informing policy. The 10-course-unit minimum makes it possible to complete all degree requirements in one academic year or 1 academic plus 1 summer session of full-time study, though part-time study is also an option. Studies leading to this degree include coursework, a research apprenticeship, and a written general examination.




Robert F. Boruch, Ph.D., Professor

Iowa State University

Xinyin Chen, Ph.D., Professor

University of Waterloo

Wendy Chan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Northwestern University

Suzanne Fegley, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Temple University

Douglas A. Frye, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Yale University

Elizabeth Mackenzie, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor

University of Pennsylvania

Paul A. McDermott, Ph.D., Professor

Temple University

Charles Jacob, Ph.D., Lecturer

Pennsylvania State University

Michael Nakkula, Ed.D., Professor of Practice and Division Chair

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Marsha Richardson, Psy.D., Senior Lecturer

Widener University

Michael J. Rovine, Ph.D., Senior Fellow

Pennsylvania State University

Kyle Schultz, Psy.D., Lecturer


Widener University

Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D., Professor

Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Ariane Thomas, Psy.D., J.D., Lecturer

Widener University

Herbert Turner, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor


University of Pennsylvania

Timothy Victor, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor


University of Pennsylvania

Daniel A. Wagner, Ph.D., Professor

University of Michigan

Caroline Watts, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sharon Wolf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

New York University


Affiliated Faculty

Eric T. Bradlow, Ph.D.

The K.P. Chao Professor of Marketing, Statistics and Education, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania

Robert J. DeRubeis, Ph.D.

Professor in Department of Psychology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Angela Lee Duckworth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Martha J. Farah, Ph.D.

Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Manuel S. González Canché, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

John B. Jemmott III, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication and Psychiatry, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania

David S. Mandell, Sc.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research
Associate Director, Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Thomas J. Power, Ph.D.

Professor in School Psychology in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Sharon L. Thompson-Schill, Ph.D.

Christopher H. Brown Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

"The master’s program in quantitative methods at Penn GSE strengthened my skills as a researcher by providing me with tools to frame and answer research questions that otherwise seem unanswerable. Because the program is located within the Graduate School of Education, students learn within a specific context with real-world applications rather than in isolation. And opportunities for research abound—my professors invited me to participate in their research, enabling me to hone my skills while I was taking classes."

Christine Bonney

M.S.Ed. '13, Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania


Where are our students now?

Our programs are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in education, psychology, and related human services fields.

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Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Quantitative Methods

Christine P. Lee
Program Manager
(215) 898-0505

Human Development

Elizabeth Mackenzie, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(215) 898-4176

Paulina Johnson
ISHD Program Assistant
(215) 898-4610

Professional Counseling

Elizabeth Mackenzie, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(215) 898-4176

Maryetta Rowan
Counseling Program Assistant
(215) 573-6851

SMHC Executive Program

Frank Wenger
Associate Director
(215) 573-6459