Although there is no developmental psychology program, per se, at CU Boulder, several of the labs across different departmental program areas address issues relating to development. The following is a list of faculty currently doing developmentally related work and a brief overview of their research.
Marie T. Banich, Professor
Developmental interests: Neural and cognitive bases of the development of executive function in adolescence; Disruptions of executive function in adolescence in populations such as individuals with substance dependence or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Angela Bryan, Professor
Developmental interests: Risky behavior during adolescence including unsafe sexual behavior, alcohol use, drug use, and the confluence of sexual risk and substance use; neurocognitive and genetic underpinnings of adolescent risky decision-making and risk-taking.
Eliana Colunga, Associate Professor
Developmental interests: I work with children ranging between 12 months and 4 years of age. I combine computational modeling (mostly connectionist networks) and empirical methods with children and adults to study language and cognitive development.
Naomi P. Friedman, Assistant Professor
Developmental interests: Stability and change in executive function abilities and relations between adolescent executive function abilities and developmental behavior problems and psychopathology. I work with a large longitudinal twin study that spans ages 1 to 30 years, so much of my work incorporates growth models of cognitive and behavioral development across a broad age range.
John K. Hewitt, Professor
Developmental interests: Uses cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of twins and families to study behavioral development, and genetic and environmental influences on behavior, personality, and health. Recent research focuses on the development of: behavior problems in childhood and adolescence; of vulnerability to drug use, abuse, and dependence; and of their relationship to executive cognitive functions.
Yuko Munakata, Professor
Developmental interests: Cognitive development from infancy through childhood, particularly in the domains of working memory, inhibition, and other executive functions, investigated through behavioral studies (including pupillometry), neural network models, and a variety of cognitive neuroscience methods.
Richard K. Olson, Professor
Developmental Interests: Reading and related cognitive skills development from preschool through adulthood. Identical and fraternal twins are used to explore the genetic and environmental etiology of these skills. Computers are used to explore remedial methods for improving reading and related cognitive skills in children who are failing in reading.
Randall O'Reilly, Professor
Developmental interests: Neural network models of learning and development, focusing on the prefrontal cortex/basal ganglia system and hippocampus, and sensory-motor learning in embodied cognitive systems that provides the foundation for more abstract cognitive functions.
Soo Rhee, Professor
Developmental interests: Prospective, longitudinal, genetically informative studies examining early risk and protective factors for antisocial behavior and substance use/substance use disorders.
Scott Vrieze, Assistant Professor
Developmental interests: Onset and course of externalizing psychopathology, substance use, and substance dependence.
Erik Willcutt, Professor
Developmental interests: The development of an optimal nosology of mental disorders across the lifespan, with a specific focus on childhood disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and other psychopathology that frequently co-occurs with ADHD and LD.