Human Development

About the Program

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The primary goal of the doctoral program in Human Development is to educate students in the theories, methods, and research that provide the basis for expanding knowledge and understanding of human development from an interdisciplinary perspective. Consistent with this goal, the program has a tripartite emphasis: - It incorporates study in three domains of human development: biological, social-emotional, and cognitive; - It organizes the study of human development across the lifespan from conception to death; and - It emphasizes the context within which human development takes place, including cultural institutions such as families, schools, and hospitals; the environmental conditions related to nutrition, health, and disease; and the social and legal policies that affect development. The degree prepares students for university teaching, research, administration of programs, consultation, program development, etc., in a variety of settings including those in education, medicine, mental health, public health, social services, government, etc.

Degree Type
Interdisciplinary Graduate Group
Degrees Offered
Ph.D. Plan A
Lead Dean

College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies


Admissions and Fellowship Information

Admission Deadlines
Priority: Dec 15, 2021
Space Available: Mar 1, 2022
Internal Fellowship Deadlines
Prospective Student Fellowship: Dec 15, 2021
Continuing Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2022

Program Contact Information

Primary Program Contacts

Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Kimberly Berardi
(530) 754-4109 | kyberardi@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Program Chair

Graduate Group Chair
Amanda Guyer
(530) 297-4445 | aeguyer@ucdavis.edu

Additional Contacts

Program Contacts

Advisor: Primary Contact
Amanda Guyer
Human Ecology
(530) 297-4445 | aeguyer@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Paul Hastings
Psychology
(530) 754-4538 | pdhastings@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: Admissions Only
Adrienne Nishina
Human Ecology
(530) 752-7003 | anishina@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Lenna Ontai
Anr Human Ecology
(530) 752-6410 | lontai@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Kali Trzesniewski
Anr Human Ecology
ktrz@ucdavis.edu