Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology

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Center for the Study of Lifespan Development

Overview and Mission

The Western Kentucky University Center for the Study of Lifespan Development was established in April 2005 to coordinate, support, and further develop the research, education, and outreach activites of Western faculty working in some area of lifespan development. The mission of the Center is to promote the understanding of developmental processes and the discovery and application of research-based solutions to problems of human development.


Center-affiliated faculty are currently engaged in basic, applied, and translational research in neurodevelopment, infant cognition, social and emotional development, moral development, gifted and talented education, parenting relationships, body image and eating disorders, cognitive aging, aging and perception, and aging and mobility. More detailed information about these research projects can be found on the Center faculty web pages.

Education and Training

The research activities of center faculty provide research training opportunities for M.A. students, especially those in the Clinical Psychology and Psychological Science concentrations within the MA program, and student engagement opportunities for undergraduate students.


 Last Modified 11/7/13