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Graduate Education at the Child Study Center

The Child Study Center (CSC) has a strong tradition of providing valuable research training for its graduate students. U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn State’s Developmental program #5 in the country. Graduate-level researchers at the CSC have access to a variety of research experiences including work with clinical populations, community-based research, and translational and intervention research. Many graduate students are involved in several research projects, broadening their exposure and experiences and providing them with opportunities to form ties with potential collaborators from many fields of research. Through grants and endowments, the Child Study Center is able to offer its graduate researchers support as they progress through their academic careers. The CSC provides funding for student travel and other expenses associated with attendance at conferences where they can present and receive feedback on their work and meet other researchers. Additionally, graduate students can receive support for expenses related to their individual dissertation research.


The CSC has multiple resources for its graduate students.

Graduate Student Spotlights

Michael Sanders

My hope is to research contextual and risk factors of aggression and social difficulties, so we can inform intervention designs and use that information to promote positive adjustment for high-risk kids.