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Study Developmental Disabilities

Major in Psychology with an Emphasis in Developmental Disabilities

Address the cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges faced by individuals with developmental disabilities.

Learn how to assess and diagnose developmental disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities may have conditions such as:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

Our program covers various intervention strategies, therapies, and behavioral interventions aimed at improving quality of life. Students learn how to work with families and caregivers to provide support.

Topics unique to the Psychology with Developmental Disabilities emphasis track 

  • Educational psychology
  • Family development
  • Psychology of exceptional children
  • Behavior analysis
  • Therapeutic recreation

Psychology degree jobs in the developmental disabilities sector

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills they need to work with individuals who have developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, including:

  • Schools
  • Residential facilities
  • Community organizations

Some potential job options for psychology majors with a focus on developmental disabilities include:

  • Developmental Disabilities Specialists: help your clients improve their quality of life, develop skills, and achieve their goals. They may work in a variety of settings, including schools, residential facilities, or community organizations.
  • Behavior Analyst: develop and implement behavioral interventions that help your clients learn new skills and overcome challenging behaviors. They use techniques such as applied behavior analysis to help clients achieve their goals.
  • Case Manager: Increase your clients' access to services and resources that can support their needs. They may coordinate services such as healthcare, education, and employment to help clients achieve their goals.

Additional information
for the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Catalog – see program guides