Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology / Child & Adolescent Development
Walden University

Program Details

With a focus on real-world challenges, the Child and Adolescent Development specialization of this PhD in Developmental Psychology allows students to gain expertise in practical approaches to help youth in need.

Courses will discuss how to apply current theories and research of child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health issues affecting children and teens. Students will learn to help with such issues as bullying and obesity in school, community, and home contexts. Online Psychology degrees from Walden have two tracks: Track I is available to students with a master’s related to Psychology; Track II is a pathway for students with a master’s degree in another field. 
Topics explored within this major include:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Diversity in child and adolescent development and learning
  • Principles and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis for children and adolescents

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island