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Child psychology focuses on behavioral development from the prenatal period to maturity in the areas of cognition, ethology, genetics, language, learning, perception, and social behavior. The Institute of Child Development offers a B.A., B.S. and a minor, through the College of Liberal Arts, in the #1 ranked developmental psychology program in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2018).

Why choose child psychology?

Working with a familyDegrees that lead to meaningful careers

Our degree options not only prepare students for advanced degrees in fields such as psychology, social work, occupational therapy, medical school, and law school, but also for careers that make lasting impacts on the lives of children. From health careers to non-profit organizations to business fields, our alumni have made substantial impacts on the community around them.

Explore career paths with a child psychology degree.

Explore our degree options.

Directed Research ExperienceResearch opportunities

Research opportunities that connect you with some of the leading researchers in topics such as: adversity, trauma, maltreatment, and stress; cognitive development; language development; executive functioning; learning; neuroscience; and social-emotional development to help prepare you for an advanced degree or future in research.

Explore research opportunities in the Institute of Child Development.

Lauren Hindt working with childrenVolunteer and internship opportunities

Volunteer and internship opportunities that connect in-class topics and concepts to real-world situations and develop your skills in working with children, providing you with an education to prepare you for a future career working with or on behalf of children.

Explore field study opportunities.

Kaitlin Oakley on a Study Abroad ExperienceLearning abroad opportunities

Learning abroad opportunities that expand your horizons and allow you to experience child development across cultures through classes and internships in places such as Denmark, London and Australia, providing you with an opportunity to build cultural competencies to prepare you for a career in a global economy.

Explore learning abroad opportunities in child psychology.

CPSO members participating in Relay for LifeChild Psychology Student Organization

A student organization that connects you with current students and provides opportunities to engage with the campus and surrounding community.

Explore the Child Psychology Student Organization (CPSO).

ICD facultyLearn from award-winning faculty

Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field of child development and are the recipients of prestigious awards that include:

Two Regents professorships, Two McKnight University Professorships, Irving B. Harris Professorship, William Harris Professorship, Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professorship, Membership of the Academy of Science

Learn more about our faculty.

Student receives the Anne Pick awardScholarships

Scholarships that provide financial support for you to pursue your passions as you continue your education.

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Want to see more? Check out what students are saying about directed research, field study, learning abroad, and their careers after graduation.


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