Developmental Program Overview

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In the Developmental Psychology Program at Queen's, we study cognitive and social development across the first two decades of life. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, innovative research, provide the best possible training for students, and share our knowledge through publications, media, and community outreach.  

Our graduate student training includes:

  • A bi-weekly Developmental Psychology Proseminar, consisting of professional development sessions  (e.g., grant writing, work/life balance, attending a scientific conference, knowledge translation, etc.) and student and faculty presentations of ongoing research 

  • A coherent, developmental psychology curriculum with courses focusing on theory and cutting-edge research within two main themes: cognitive and social development 

  • Courses on statistical analysis that promote the development of skills that are in high demand in the academic and non-academic sectors

  • Hands-on training in a collaborative research environment and the opportunity to gain teaching skills for higher education.

  • Opportunities for connecting with government agencies and the business sector through the Mitacs program 

Our past graduates have found employment as professionals in the following areas:           

  • Research/Teaching: Colleges and Universities, Medical Centres, Government              

  • Applied/Consulting: Policy Making, Law, Marketing, Health, Child Welfare Agencies, Education: Curriculum & Content, Education: Children’s Museums, Science Writing, Toy Development, Public Relations

Our faculty and research labs


Contact the Developmental program chair:
Stanka Fitneva, PhD

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