The University of Louisville is seeking talented and motivated students interested in Developmental Science to apply to our Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program. We are committed to inclusiveness, diversity, and equity and seek to select the most qualified students from a diverse applicant pool. We encourage all qualified students to apply!


Students admitted to the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program receive training in one or more of the following areas: development, cognition, neuroscience, vision, and hearing.


What makes our program special for students?


  • All students admitted to our program receive year-round financial support (including $22,000/yr. stipend, tuition, and health insurance) in the form of assistantships or fellowships!
  • Students receive one-on-one mentorship and research training from our faculty throughout the program!
  • Students can begin training July 1st for the Fall start date!
  • Our program is research-focused and includes a flexible curriculum that can be adapted to meet the needs of each student!
  • Our program is designed to support to students who want careers in higher education, non-profits, or industry!
  • Our program and university are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness!
  • Louisville is a great place to live!


The following five lab groups are seeking applicants interested in development:


Knowledge in Development (KID) Lab is co-directed by Drs. Judith Danovitch and Nicholaus Noles. The KID Lab studies a diverse set of questions related to children’s social-cognitive development, including the influence of technology on children’s learning, the development of economic behaviors, how children evaluate their knowledge and the knowledge of others, and the relationship between labeling, categorization, and induction.


Infant Cognition Lab, directed by Dr. Cara Cashon, studies infant cognition and perception, focusing on topics such as face and emotion perception, parent-infant interaction, motor development and cognition, language development, and causal perception in typically-developing babies and in infants and toddlers with Williams syndrome.


Parent-Child Interaction and Language Learning Laboratory, directed by Dr. Maria Kondaurova, investigates how characteristics of parent-child interaction shape the development of language skills in infants and children with and without hearing loss. Dr. Kondaurova’s research makes use of a variety of behavior techniques, including filming play and reading sessions, and the analysis of speech perception and production data. 


Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory (CogMem) Lab is directed by Dr. Nicholas Hindy. Students in the CogMem Lab use fMRI brain imaging of children as well as adults to ask questions about how we remember and why we forget.


Neurodevelopmental Sciences Lab, directed by Dr. Carolyn Mervis, studies cognitive, linguistic, and social development in Williams syndrome, 7q11.23 duplication syndrome, and Down syndrome.


Learning and Performance Lab, directed by Dr. Marci DeCaro, studies how research in cognitive psychology can be applied to K-12 and undergraduate classroom learning. 


Application Deadline: December 1st (for Fall 2020)


Application Information:

We take a holistic approach in reviewing prospective student applications. We consider all aspects of a student’s application in determining admissions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to us! We encourage students from underrepresented minority groups to apply to our program. 


For more information:

Please visit our website or email Program Director, Cara Cashon (). If you are a student attending CDS in Louisville and would like a lab tour while you are here, email us!