Accepting Applications Now!
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
The Ph.D. Specialization in Educational Psychology is a mentorship model that prepares graduates to be researchers who apply the scientific method to real-world educational problems.
Primary goals are to:
- Engage students in cutting-edge collaborative research
- Provide a solid foundation that enables students to integrate theory, research, and practice and fosters a commitment to excellence in research and scholarship
- Help students acquire a deep understanding of human development and learning for the preparation of future educational professionals in all contexts
Faculty Research Interests
- Dr. Darlene DeMarie, Associate Professor: Memory development; children’s photography as a way to represent experiences; schools’ missions and achievement reflected in children’s photographs; early childhood curriculum, the impact of a preschool music program on children’s cognitive development, child care.
- Dr. Sarah Kiefer, Associate Professor: Academic and social motivation, how it develops over time, and how it impacts early adolescents’ adjustment in elementary and middle school; the role of peers and contextual influences on adolescent motivation; help-seeking beliefs and behaviors in the classroom.
- Dr. Lisa López, Associate Professor: Bilingual language and literacy development in young children; phonological awareness and cross-language transfer; school readiness development in young Latino children; parent involvement in young children’s education; cultural factors in the attitudes and expectations of immigrant parents towards education; home and classroom experiences on academic achievement in Head Start.
- Dr. Tony Tan, Associate Professor: The post-adoption social and emotional adjustment of children adopted from China; the development of ethnic identity of Chinese adoptees.
Program website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/psf/EP/index.htm
Online application: http://www.grad.usf.edu/
Contact: Dr. Sarah Kiefer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (813) 974-0155