skip to main content

Graduate studies in the psychology of adult development and aging

Following are data on academic programs in the state that provide a specialization in adult development and aging. Data include titles of courses and seminars offered number of faculty with a specialization in adult development and aging, psychology specializations integrated with the study of adult development and aging, administrative organization of the program, availability of assistantships and traineeships in the program, practicum and internship placement opportunities and web addresses and contact persons for the program.

Oregon State University (Department of Human Development and Family Sciences)

The Graduate Program in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Oregon State University is currently recruiting highly-qualified applicants for our fall 2014 cohort. Our research-intensive program focuses on the optimal development of individuals and families across the lifespan and in multiple contexts. This focus contributes to the success of our graduates in university teaching, research careers, and leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Our experience in cultivating this focus makes us one of the top programs in the Western United States.

We currently have 35 graduate students pursuing Master and Doctoral degrees in Human Development and Family Studies. These graduate students are chosen from all over the world to be part of our program. Ours is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for careers focusing on research and teaching. We offer innovative training in theory, empirical research, and methods for studying individuals, families, and communities. We offer a Master's Degree for students who do not yet have a master’s and who are intent on pursuing the PhD.

Research And Faculty Involvement: Research is interdisciplinary with signature themes in (a) transitions across the life course, (b) risk & resilience across the life span, & (c) developmental & family research methods.

Research emphases in child development, adult development & aging, families, rural communities, & cross-national comparisons.

Involvement in federally funded research as well as community & policy initiatives provides opportunities for students to develop and apply new knowledge.

Funding: Most students are funded through graduate research or teaching assistantships, which include tuition remission and a stipend. Others are funded through scholarships and fellowships.

IGERT: Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training: The Oregon State IGERT in Aging Sciences is an integrative traineeship, funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program aims to develop a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists with the professional skills to shape the research, products, and policies for current and future older populations.

For Applications and Deadlines contact:
Dr. Megan McClelland, Graduate Program Director
Human Development & Family Sciences
Oregon State University
Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-5102
Telephone: (541) 737-9225
Fax: (541) 737-1076

Updated February 2014

George Fox University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Clinical

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Geropsychology, Adolescence, Adulthood and Aging

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 0 Full Time, 1 Part Time

Practicum and Internship Placements: Various Health Care Centers and Hospitals across the country

Kathleen Gathercoal
Department of Psychology
George Fox University
Newberg, OR 97132
Telephone: (503) 554-2754

Portland State University (Department of Psychology)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Human Development, Work and Family, Adult Development and Aging, Adult Socialization
Life-Span Development

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 0 Full Time, 2 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Research and Teaching Assistantships available through department

Other Relevant Information and Comments: AD&D can be a specialization for graduate students within our main areas (masters and doctoral level): Applied Developmental Psy, Applied Social Psy, Community Psy, I/O Psy.

Because there is no main focus on AD&D (and only a limited number of class offerings in the department), our program may only be suitable for students who are able to design their own pathway of study in a creative way in collaboration with other departments and institutions in Portland: Institute on Aging at PSU (Gerontology, PSU School of Public Health, PSU Department of Sociology, or with Oregon Health Sciences University. In the past, most AD&D graduate students had their primary “home” at the Institute on Aging or at OHSU.

Thomas A. Kindermann, PhD
Department of Psychology
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Telephone: (503) 725-3970
Fax: (503) 725-3904

Date created: 2012

Related Resources


Program details are subject to change. Please contact programs to verify information is current.