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PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology

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Please pass on to interested students the information below highlighting the PhD program in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).


We are seeking highly motivated doctoral students who will contribute to our mission of discovery, knowledge dissemination, education, creativity, and application of groundbreaking solutions in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Our department has 28 full-time faculty who train students to discover basic principles of psychological development and to apply them in interdisciplinary, applied contexts. Some of our research foci include developmental disabilities, child and adolescent health, successful aging, applied cognition, and injury prevention. 


Key aspects of the program:


·      We are student-centered, research-focused, and collaborative. Our graduate students work directly with faculty on cutting-edge research and have many opportunities for training in a variety of research, teaching, and applied assistantships.

·      We offer competitive funding packages.  All students receive 5-year funded research or teaching assistantships ($26,000 stipend), plus full tuition support and health insurance.

·      We prepare students for careers in developmental psychology. Our weekly Lifespan Developmental seminars promote professional development and strategic career planning.

·      For those interested in teaching at a college level, a certificate is available through the UAB NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

·      For those interested in research careers, there are multiple training programs at UAB to gain specialized expertise.

·      Students can apply for departmental travel awards to present research at national and international conferences.


For the 2nd consecutive year, UAB has ranked as the #1 young U.S. University in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  UAB houses the third largest academic medical center in the country leading to a multitude of research opportunities and collaborations spanning schools, colleges and interdisciplinary research centers. UAB ranks 20th in the nation for obtaining NIH funding (>$300 million), and 31st in total federal research funding (15th among public institutions).  


Our Psychology department has a long history of being nationally ranked by the National Science Foundation in federally funded Research & Development expenditures, and is home to several of UAB’s research centers, established research programs, laboratories, and teaching and training sites.


For more information about a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology please visit: https://www.uab.edu/cas/psychology/graduate/lifespan-developmental


The deadline for applications is November 30. Applications are available at http://www.uab.edu/graduate.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify one or more faculty members with whom they share research interests.



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