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The core faculty members in the developmental program (W. Craig, S. Fitneva, T. Hollenstein, B. Kelley, V. Kuhlmeier, M. Sabbagh) have basic research interests in language, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Please see the Developmental Research page to find out more about specific research projects happening in the core labs of the developmental program.

Each of our program members also have research interests that extend beyond the traditional borders of Developmental Psychology into areas such as Animal Cognition, Neuroscience, Psycholinguistics, Psychophysiology, and Applied Developmental Psychology (e.g., autism, bullying, developmental disorders, child eyewitness). To this end, each of our faculty members collaborate with researchers in programs outside of Developmental Psychology including members from Clinical (K. Harkness, P. Minnes), Social (J. Jacobson, R. Lindsay), BBCS (K. Munhall, N. Troje), and the Center for Neuroscience. Students in the Developmental Program are actively encouraged to take part in and initiate these cross-disciplinary collaborations at the Masters and Ph.D. level.


Wendy Craig , Ph.D.

(York) Professor


aggression, bullying, victimization, dating violence, sexual harassment, romantic relationships, peer relationships.


Stanka Fitneva, Ph.D.

(Cornell) Associate Professor


socio-cognitive development, esp. children's information seeking and trust; social and cognitive mechanisms in language learning and language processing; evidentiality; cross-cultural studies of cognitive development; language and thought; phonology and early language development; memory development; eyetracking methods.


Tom Hollenstein, Ph.D.

(Toronto) Associate Professor


adolescent emotional development, dynamic systems approaches, developmental psychopathology, observational research, parent-child interactions, flexibility/rigidity, developmental transitions, psychophysiology.


Elizabeth Kelley, Ph.D.

(Connecticut) Associate Professor


autism, language development, social cognitive development, atypical development, brain development, developmental cognitive neuroscience, neurodevelopmental disorders.


Valerie Kuhlmeier, Ph.D.

(Ohio State) Associate Professor


Canada Research Chair
infant and primate cognition, theory of mind, animacy/inanimacy distinctions, symbolic representations of space, tool use.


Darwin Muir, Ph.D.

(Eastern Michigan) Professor Emeritus


infant cognition, perceptual development, social perception, mother-child interaction.


Mark Sabbagh, Ph.D.

(Oregon) Professor


theory of mind, semantic development, executive functioning, cross-cultural psychology, cognitive neuroscience, Autism.

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