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

Professor Rich Milner and Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Ranked Among Most Influential Scholars in Education

Published on 1/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

Rich Milner Lindsay Page Rich Milner, a professor and director of the Center for Urban Education, and Lindsay Page, an assistant professor, were ranked on 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings through Education Week . This marks Milner's fourth year on the list; it is Page's first. The 20... Read More...

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang Named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science

Published on 1/13/2016 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor Ming-Te Wang has been designated a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), which is the "primary professional organization of psychology researchers." According to APS, the Rising Stars recognizes "outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stag... Read More...

Doctoral Student Christina Scanlon Appointed to the Board of the Association of Child & Youth Care Practice

Published on 1/4/2016 6:00:00 AM

Doctoral student Christina Scanlon was appointed to the board of the Association of Child & Youth Care Practice (ACYCP) at its national meeting in December. ACYCP is a membership organization of state and regional associations, child and youth care agencies, and professionals committed to improving... Read More...

Student Annie Wang and Associate Professor Christina Groark Write Article for the "International Social Work" Journal

Published on 12/3/2015 6:00:00 AM

Student Annie Wang wrote an article with Christina Groark, an associate professor and co-director of the Office of Child Development, for the International Social Work journal. Titled "Chinese collective foster care model: Description and evaluation," Wang and Groark describe the effectiveness of co... Read More...

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...

Office of Child Development Co-director Christina Groark and Student Keely O'Dell Write Article for the "Children and Youth Services Review"

Published on 11/14/2015 6:00:00 AM

Christina Groark, an associate professor and co-director of the Office of Child Development, recently wrote an article with student Keely O'Dell that was published in the Children and Youth Services Review , titled "Supporting families throughout the international special needs adoption process." Gr... 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...

Pennsylvania License Requirements for Behavior Specialists

Published on 11/2/2015 11:30:00 AM

To apply for a behavior specialist license in Pennsylvania, applicants must submit the following document . Among the requirements for the license, applicants must seek verification from colleges and universities that: The applicant has completed a masters degree (or higher) or a post-masters certif... 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...
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