Developmental Psychology

Area Faculty

Tanya Broesch
Jeremy Carpendale
Michelle Kline


Associate Faculty

Mark Blair
Grace Iarocci
Robert Ley
Tim Racine
Urs Ribary
Kathleen Slaney


Note: Students interested in applying to the developmental area may indicate as potential supervisor(s) faculty members from either the area faculty or associate faculty listed above.

We currently have three core members in the developmental area: Tanya Broesch, Jeremy Carpendale, and Michelle Kline. We have a strong research presence in the developmental science community, and as a group we excel in the area of social, moral, and cross-cultural development. Each of our three faculty members is strongly connected to the discipline, giving international invited talks, and publishing in well-read venues.

Broesch is a leading researcher in the field of culture and development, and is currently running a SSHRC-funded multi-site project with international collaborators on socialization practices across cultures. Broesch’s work has highlighted the role of cultural context in development across the world, including at her current research site in Vanuatu.

Kline has published groundbreaking work on the evolution and development of teaching, and on the life history of social transmission. She runs a long-term fieldsite in the Fijian Islands. In addition, Dr. Kline and Dr. Broesch are collaborating to launch community-based laboratories in off-campus locations in the Vancouver area.

Carpendale has co-authored two books with a third in press, edited several more, and published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He is a leader in developmental psychology and is well-recognized world-wide as a top expert in children’s early development. In 2018, he published the textbook The Development of Children’s Thinking: Its Social and Communicative Foundations.

In combination, we investigate timely and critical research questions that push the field of Developmental Psychology forward in three major ways, including:  (1) the use of multiple methods in controlled and “field” settings, (2) the expansion of the field’s reach, to include a greater diversity of participants and researchers, (3) the importance of examining experience and context in balance with controlled experimental studies. We welcome graduate student and post-doctoral researcher applications that correspond to these core strengths.

See also: Child-Clinical Specialization Stream

For more detailed information click on individual faculty members in the list above.