This graduate course is required for predoctoral and postdoctoral students on fellowship with the Center for Developmental Science and is open to graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in any discipline within our sister training institutions (Duke, Meredith College, NCCU, NCSU, UNC-Greensboro).  Given high demand, students must seek instructor permission to register and may be required to submit a statement of interest prior to registration.

  • The goal of this course is to increase students’ familiarity with how a Developmental Science framework shapes our understanding of the given topic of a semester.  Course readings and speakers are guided by a theme and set of guiding questions that provide points of integration for students across the semester.
  • Class time is divided between class meetings with the instructor and a larger seminar meeting in which a given speaker presents their work addressing the theme of the semester.  Speakers also attend part of the class meeting to engage in a more intimate discussion of their work and professional development.  On balance, about half of speakers in a given semester are local and half arrive from other US destinations.
  • More information about the speaker series, part of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development hosted by the Center for Developmental Science, is available at the Center’s website.

Though the content and format of this course may vary across semesters, see Psy 781 syllabus for a sample syllabus.