Child Study and Human Development

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development is committed to making an impact on the lives of children, youth, and families.

Graduate students in the Child Study and Human Development program at Tufts University work with children
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M.A. in Child Study and Human Development

Eliot-Pearson's master's in Child Study and Human Development provides students with a strong theoretical foundation in child development, coursework in an area of specialization, research skills, and applied opportunities and fieldwork that prepare students for a career that directly impacts the lives of children, youth and families. Our goal is to train students to use applied work to understand theory and research and to understand how theory and research should impact the lives of children and families.

After the first semester in the program, students choose whether they want to pursue the applied track or the thesis track, and whether they wish to concentrate in a specific area:

Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development

Our faculty have collaboratively built a doctoral experience that provides individually designed programs of study in the context of common milestones and shared training objectives. We subscribe to a primary-mentor-mentee model of doctoral preparation; however, doctoral students are supported by our community of scholars in various ways. Through a rigorous combination of research training, coursework and other mentored experiences, and an applied internship, students develop substantive expertise in an area of scholarship, and develop competencies in ten other areas, including foundational knowledge of the field, methods and statistics, research, professionalism, grantsmanship, publication, applied work, teaching and mentoring, dissemination, and cultural processes.

Ph.D. Program in Human Developmental Economics

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development (CSHD) and the Department of Economics are pleased to offer a joint Ph.D. in Human Developmental Economics (HDE) drawing on the strengths of the two departments and recent trends and complementary advances in both disciplines. This interdisciplinary doctoral program aims to better understand human development through the study of cultural, social, emotional, economic and behavioral interactions as they contribute to socialization and decision-making.

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M.A. in Child Study and Human Development Learning Objectives
  • Students will have knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives and knowledge base in the core domains of human development; as well as knowledge of the complexities of diverse realities and pathways towards healthy development.
  • Students will have knowledge of how research is conducted in the field of Applied Child Development.
  • Students will be informed consumers of scholarship in the field of human development; i.e. will have experience in the process of reviewing, critically evaluating empirical research, policy reports, and synthesizing extant literature on a topic.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to assume the role of a professional (e.g. as a scholar or practitioner) in the field.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of Research Practice Integration in the context of Prevention, Intervention, and Policies for children and families.
  • Students will actively engage in either research or applied work that promotes health and an asset-based approach to development among children and families.
  • Students will demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in their professional roles as well as members of the community within and outside Tufts.
Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development Learning Objectives
  • Students will have a knowledge base that reflects mastery of important areas in field of child development.
  • Students will have a knowledge base that reflects mastery of important areas in field of child development.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to assume the role of a professional in the field.
  • Students will have exposure, experience with, and develop expertise in, the conduct of research in the field of Applied Child Study and Human Development.
  • Students will gain experience in the process of reading and critically evaluating empirical research, and in preparing their own work for publication.
  • Students will gain experience in the evaluation, preparation, and submission of grant proposals.
  • Students will be actively engaged in work that promotes health and positive development among children and families.
  • Students will develop skills in communicating knowledge and supporting the intellectual growth of others through teaching and mentoring.
  • Students will demonstrate their competence in disseminating the results of their work to non-academic audiences.
  • Students will demonstrate cultural sensitivity in the conduct of research, teaching, policy work and engaging with others.

 

Faculty

Marina Bers
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Educational technology and Impact of new technologies for personal, social, and moral development
Kathleen Camara
Kathleen Camara
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Arts and children’s development and Family relationships
Eileen Crehan
Eileen Crehan
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Vermont
Neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorder, sexuality education, social perception, eye tracking, dimensional measurement of psychological symptoms
Julia Dobrow
Julie Dobrow
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Effects of media on children and Ethnic and gender representations in media
M. Ann Easterbrooks
M. Ann Easterbrooks
Professor
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Risk and resilience studies and Social and emotional development
David Henry Feldman
Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Cognitive development and Developmental and educational theory
Sasha Fleary
Sasha Fleary
Evans Family Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Texas A and M University
Pediatric psychology and Child health
Calvin Gidney
Calvin Gidney III
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Georgetown University
Linguistics and Language of African American children
Jessica Goldberg
Assistant Research Professor
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Child and family policy and Program evaluation
Sara Johnson
Sara Johnson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Connecticut
Adolescence and young adulthood, identity development, youth contribution, quantitative methods
Bruce Johnson
Lecturer
Ed.D. , Harvard University
Early childhood education and Teacher education
Richard M. Lerner
Professor
Ph.D. , City University of New York
Application of developmental science across the life span, and Personality and social development in adolescence
Tama Leventhal
Tama Leventhal
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Neighborhood influences on children, youth, and families and Social Policy
Christine McWayne
Christine M. McWayne
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Pennsylvania
Low-income, urban residing children’s school success, and Parenting and family engagement
Jayanthi Mistry
Jayanthi Mistry
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Purdue University
Cultural perspectives in child development and education and Navigating multiple cultural worlds and identities
kerri Modry-Mandell
Kerri Modry-Mandell
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , University of Arizona
Pediatric psychology, and Developmental psychopathology
Ellen Pinderhughes
Ellen E. Pinderhughes
Professor and Graduate Program Director (Ph.D.)
Ph.D. , Yale University
Adoption and foster care and Influences on family socialization processes among families with children at risk for problematic outcomes
Martha Pott
Martha Pott
Senior Lecturer, Director of the M.A. Program
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Personal, social, and emotional development and Evolutionary roots of developmental psychology
W. George Scarlett
W. George Scarlett
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Clark University
Classroom management and children’s problem behavior and Religious and spiritual development

Application Deadline


Fall: January 15 (M.A.) and December 1 (Ph.D.)

Doctorate:

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE scores
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

Masters:

> Application fee 
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE scores required

- GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates and 2016 & 2017 Tufts undergraduate alumni applying to the M.A. program only. 

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

 

For questions about the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact:

Ellen Pinderhughes (Faculty) – Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Justina Clayton – Administrative Coordinator

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

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