Developmental Science

The mission of the Research Cluster in Developmental Science (RCDS) is to create, apply, and promote new knowledge in human development that could ultimately lead to evidence-based interventions. Historically, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) has had a strong emphasis on developmental science; its first developmental laboratories were established in 1973. Every year since then, hundreds of families from the surrounding communities have visited campus laboratories in developmental science to participate in research. Members of the cluster enjoy good relationships with local kindergartens, schools, hospitals, public health services, child care providers as well as government and private agencies.

The primary goals of the RCDS are to enhance training opportunities for students interested in developmental science, to encourage collaborations among researchers within and outside of the University of Toronto, and to disseminate knowledge to the scholarly community, to service providers, and to the general public.

RCDS consists of faculty members who study language, cognition, social/emotional functioning, neuropsychology, behavioural development, and health from the prenatal period to adolescence. Additional faculty affiliated with RCDS examine developmental trajectories and outcomes throughout life (e.g., later adulthood). The phenomena of development are viewed at multiple levels, from the sub-systems of genetics, neurobiology, physiology, and hormones, to those of families, schools, communities, and cultures. RCDS researchers also study questions about the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions in diverse populations of children and families in school and community settings with the goal of optimizing child development, academic outcomes, and health.

Members of the Cluster plan to establish strong ties with the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Medical Academy at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Faculty Members with Core Affiliation to RCDS

Johnson, Elizabeth
infant perception and cognition; language acquisition; speech perception; developmental psycholinguistics; early word recognition and comprehension

Kamenetsky, Stuart
social development; exceptionality in human learning, disability and giftedness; cross-cultural psychology.

Malti, Tina
social-emotional development, children's and adolescents' mental health, developmental and clinical child psychology, evidence-based interventions in school and out-of-school time settings

Schellenberg, Glenn
music and cognition; music and emotion; music and development; intelligence; developmental/cognitive psychology

Smith, Mary Lou
disorders of central nervous system in children; epilepsy; behavior and neuropsychology; long-term effects of epilepsy surgery; neurodevelopment and human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV); spatial memory.

VanderLaan, Doug
gender and sexual orientation diversity; child and adolescent mental health; alloparenting; family and peer relationships; developmental psychology; cross-cultural psychology; evolutionary psychology; clinical psychology; neuroimaging

Emeritus
Trehub, Sandra
 
Fleming, Alison
 

Affiliated Faculty Members

Andersen, Judith
biopsychosocial health psychology; severe stress, mental and physical health; trauma, psychophysiology, LGBT health, posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic illness

Chambers, Craig
cognitive science; psycholinguistics; language acquisition; spoken language comprehension

Daneman, Meredyth
cognitive psychology; reading and language comprehension skills; working memory capacity and its role in accounting for individual differences in verbal intelligence; sensory and cognitive aging

Holmes, Melissa
behavioural neuroscience; neuroendocrinology; neuroplasticity; social behaviour; social status

Monks, Ashley
sex differences, sexual development, hormones, testosterone, neuroanatomy, sexual behaviour, neuromuscular systems, kennedy disease/SBMA

Schneider, Bruce
hearing; vision; sensory and cognitive aging; speech perception; signal processing in audition and vision

News

Developmental Science Interest Group (DIG):

Visit the DIG website for more information about this area of research, about the DIG group's faculty and graduate students at all three U of T campuses, and about DIG group activities (link: http://www.psych.utoronto.ca/users/DIG/).