The Learning and Development Research Group, directed by Dr. Jenna Finch at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is seeking applicants for the Ph.D. program in Developmental Psychology to begin in Fall 2020.


Dr. Finch explores how contextual factors influence children’s early development. Her lab, the Learning and Development Research group, is engaged in several studies examining the development of children’s executive functions and motivation in preschool and elementary school settings. Students will be part of a supportive and growing research team with many opportunities to publish peer-reviewed journal articles and present work at national conferences. Please see her faculty webpage and lab website for more information.

Dr. Finch is a core faculty member of the Department of Psychology, a faculty affiliate of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, and a member of the Nebraska Academy of Early Childhood Research.


Applicants interested in working with Dr. Finch should contact her directly at .


Why apply to UNL?

  • All admitted students are supported through research assistantships and teaching assistantships.
  • Students will receive interdisciplinary training including opportunities to work with developmental faculty in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  • The Developmental Psychology program is small, allowing for individualized attention and support as students progress through the program.
  • Departmental strengths in both research training and teaching excellence prepare students well for careers in academia and non-academic jobs in consulting, policy-work, and at research think-tanks.
  • Lincoln is a vibrant Big Ten college town with a low cost-of-living, great schools, and friendly, community-minded residents.

Click here for more information on how to apply to the Doctoral Program in Psychology at UNL. Applications are due December 15.