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.

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M.A. in Child Study and Human Development

Eliot-Pearson's master's in Applied Child Development program 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. program 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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Faculty

David Henry Feldman
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Cognitive development and Developmental and educational theory
W. George Scarlett
W. George Scarlett
Senior Lecturer, Deputy Chair
Ph.D. , Clark University
Classroom management and children’s problem behavior and Religious and spiritual development
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
Cynthia Ballenger
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Boston University
Classroom culture and Sociolinguistics
Marina Bers
Professor
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
Julia Dobrow
Julia 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
Sasha Fleary
Sasha Fleary
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
Francine Jacobs
Francine Jacobs
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Child and family policy and Program evaluation
Bruce Johnson
Lecturer
Ed.D. , Harvard University
Early childhood education and Teacher education
Sara Johnson
Sara Johnson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of Connecticut
Adolescence and young adulthood, identity development, youth contribution, quantitative methods
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
Lecturer
Ph.D. , University of Arizona
Pediatric psychology, and Developmental psychopathology
Maryanne Wolf
Maryanne Wolf
Professor
Ed.D. , Harvard University
Dyslexia, Cognitive Neurosciences, and Reading Development and Intervention

The application deadline for fall enrollment is December 15 (Ph.D.) and January 15 (M.A.).

GRE General Test scores required of all applicants. Exception: Not required for current Tufts undergraduates.

For more information, visit the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program directors:

M.A. Program
Senior Lecturer Martha Pott, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Program
Professor Tama Leventhal

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
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