The Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) programs at the Pitt School of Education emphasize the correlation between research and practice in the promotion of positive outcomes in human development for children, youth, and families.

By completing our ADP programs, you will become an expert in applying knowledge of child development and evidence-based practices to address real-world problems in real-world settings. You will also become an expert in interdisciplinary collaboration as you design, implement, and evaluate innovative intervention programs.

There are many employment opportunities in the field. There is a growing need for trained professionals at community-based mental health agencies, K-12 schools, healthcare settings, and out-of-school settings. At the doctoral level, employment opportunities exist at universities, research organizations, and government agencies.

Undergraduate Programs

Accelerated Bachelor of Science - Master of Education in Applied Developmental Psychology

Accelerated Bachelor of Science - Master of Education in Applied Developmental Psychology

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This undergraduate major in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) develops the theoretical knowledge and real-world experience needed for work with children, youth and families within community programs, educational sites and other human service fields.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology

Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology

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The MS in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) builds the skills you’ll need to address the diverse needs of children, youth, and families across multiple settings, including community-based organizations, schools, hospitals, advocacy organizations, residential treatment programs, out-of-school programs and service agencies.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Developmental Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Developmental Psychology

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The PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) program trains students to become world-class research scientists studying human development. ADP faculty and students engage in applied research using a variety of methods and approaches, including in-depth observation, longitudinal modeling, and experimental designs. ​