Applied Developmental Science (Ph.D.)


If you have an interest in conducting research into human development and issues that affect health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities, the Ph.D. program in Applied Developmental Science is a good fit for you. You will be trained in lifespan human development theory and how to translate research into programs and practices that help prevent social and public health problems. The Ph.D. program will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including academia, advocacy organizations, and governmental and human services agencies.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Developmental Science

Thematic Research Areas

  • Adult development and aging
  • Cultural context and diversity
  • Emotion, regulation, and relational processes
  • Risk, resilience, and relational processes
  • Treatment, intervention, and prevention science

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

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