Lifespan Developmental Psychology

The UAB Lifespan Developmental Ph.D. program focuses on a lifespan approach of human development that is founded in a multidisciplinary setting. Using a lifespan perspective, our graduate program trains students to discover basic principles of psychological development and apply them in interdisciplinary contexts.

Interdisciplinary Research

An elderly test subject using a driving simulator. Our research foci include:

  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Applied Cognition
  • Health Disparities
  • Successful Aging
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Parent and Peer Influences
  • Neighborhood Effects
  • Bio-psycho-social Pathways
  • Injury Prevention
  • Post-injury Care and Recovery

Graduates of the program have secured academic positions as post-doctoral fellows and instructors, and some have moved into industry. Learn more about research in the Department of Psychology.

Applied Training

Students and faculty conduct socially relevant action research in a variety of settings across campus and surrounding community. Examples include:

Expert Faculty

Our department culture emphasizes collaborative research. Faculty are committed to growing and establishing new areas of research, giving our students the opportunity to work in a challenging and exciting environment. They are dedicated to rigorous research, excellence in teaching, and strong, supportive mentorship of students. Our faculty have received national recognition for their scholarship and for their practical contributions to promoting healthy development across the lifespan. Scientific outputs from our faculty have led to policy changes, new research tools, novel programs, and technological breakthroughs.


We invite you to explore our website to see what this program can offer you. If you have specific questions, contact the director or the graduate programs manager.

Dr. Despina Stavrinos


Despina Stavrinos

Associate Professor
Director, Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program
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Terri Roberson


Terri M. Roberson

Graduate Programs Manager
Phone: (205) 934-8723
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