University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Psychology in Education

Psychology in Education programs are designed to meet the needs of graduate students looking to serve in academic and research capacities.

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Psychology in Education

Much like the left and right halves of the brain, the Department of Psychology in Education (PSYED) focuses on the vital and interdependent connection between research and practice by offering students two program tracks with various degree options: one in Applied Developmental Psychology (more practice based) and Research Methodology (more research based).

Applied Developmental Psychology helps students gain the expertise for recognizing how the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs directly correspond with the progression of children, youth, and their families. Through the bachelor of science (BS) degree, ADP prepares students for graduate school in such fields as education, psychology, and social work. The master's degree (MS) prepares students for roles as program administrators and child development specialists. The doctoral degree (PhD) program prepares students for academic, policy, and research positions in universities, public and private research organizations, and government agencies.

Meanwhile, the Research Methodology program trains professionals in the areas of measurement, research design, and statistical methods. Students in this high-demand field learn that to effectively answer a research question depends on the measurement and statistical procedure quality, and knowledge of how to interpret the results. The master's degree (MEd) prepares personnel for positions in testing and research. Graduates receiving a doctoral degree (PhD) serve in academic and research capacities in universities, government agencies, public and private research, and testing centers.   

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Psychology in Education
5930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: (412) 624-7230
FAX: (412) 624-7231

Latest News

PhD Student Christina Kelsey Zigler Published in the "British Journal of Dermatology"

Published on 11/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

PhD research methodology student Christina Kelsey Zigler was published in the British Journal of Dermatology in an article that validated a way to measure skin thickness in pediatric-localized scleroderma patients--a disease involving the chronic hardening and tightening of the skin and connective t... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Co-Writes Paper for "Early Childhood Research Quarterly"

Published on 11/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless co-wrote a new paper in Early Childhood Research Quarterly on two distinct pathways to the way that children develop self-regulation skills. Wanless, who teaches in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, wrote the article with the late Associate Professor ... Read More...

Send in Nominations for School of Education 2016 Alumni Awards

Published on 11/3/2015 6:00:00 AM

We are seeking nominations for the School of Education’s 2016 Alumni Awards. Through this program, we honor the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Ed... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Discusses Racial Identity and New Childhood Group for WESA-NPR

Published on 10/28/2015 6:00:00 AM

Shannon Wanless, an assistant professor in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, was interviewed on 90.5FM WESA-NPR about a new early childhood collaborative group between the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as parents and teachers, to learn how to better fos... Read More...

School of Education Joins Other Pitt Schools for Graduate School Week from November 2-5

Published on 10/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, several participating graduate schools throughout the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a Graduate School Week on Monday, November 2, through Thursday, November 5, 2015. The School of Education, along with various other graduate schools at Pitt, ... Read More...

School of Education Sponsors New Pitt Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies

Published on 10/15/2015 11:32:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh opened the new Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies in September, which is housed within the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. The School of Education and Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School will partner with the School of Medicine (C... Read More...

Associate Professor Tanner Wallace Awarded Grant from National Science Foundation for $593,278

Published on 9/18/2015 6:00:00 AM

Tanner Wallace, an associate professor of Applied Developmental Psychology, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $593,278. Wallace, who is also a faculty fellow for the School of Education Center for Urban Education, is co-principal investigator on the grant, which is ... Read More...

Department Chair Suzanne Lane Co-Edits "Handbook of Test Development"

Published on 8/24/2015 6:00:00 AM

Psychology in Education Department Chair and Professor Suzanne Lane co-edited the book Handbook of Test Development . Published by Routledge and co-edited by Mark Raymond and Thomas Haladyna, the book will be released on September 25, 2015. The second edition of the Handbook of Test Development pro... Read More...

Assistant Professor Shannon Wanless Co-Edited Double Issue of "Early Education and Development" Journal

Published on 8/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Shannon Wanless, an assistant professor in the Applied Developmental Psychology program, co-edited a newly published double issue of the Early Education and Development journal, with Professor Megan McClelland from Oregon State University. The focus of both issues is self-regulation across differen... Read More...

School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...
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