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.
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.
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.