Ph.D. Positions @ USC

The program examines diverse developmental processes that include culture and context, language, cognition, emotion, social functioning in the family and peer group, developmental psychopathology, and neurodevelopment. As an interdisciplinary program, students are able to take courses and collaborate with faculty from the Brain and Cognitive Science, Social Psychology, Clinical Science, and Quantitative Methods and Computational Psychology areas as well as other colleges across USC.

The program provides five years of full funding, that includes tuition and an annual stipend, as well as health and dental insurance. Students are typically provided two years of fellowship to allow them to focus full time on their studies, and three years of support as a teaching or research assistant.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the department's admission website. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2021.

For more information about a specific laboratory, please visit the PI’s website (see below). The following PIs are accepting students for Fall 2022:

  • Toben Mintz: Language acquisition in infants and toddlers, computational modeling
  • Henrike Moll: Development of social cognition in infancy and early childhood
  • Santiago Morales: Development of emotion and emotion regulation by integrating psychophysiological, neuroimaging, and behavioral measures 
  • David Schwartz: Peer relationship problems in childhood and adolescence, including bullying, social rejection, friendlessness, and popularity/unpopularity. Associations between social media use and school adjustment
  • Professional development
  • Post-graduation