The Rochester Center for Research on Children and Families

is an active training environment for students.

Graduate StudentsRush Rhees library

General Information: Graduate students are an integral part of the RCRCF and are housed within the Developmental Psychology PhD program at Rochester.  For more information about the University of Rochester's Developmental Psychology PhD program, please see our brochure.

Graduate students are directly mentored by either Dr. Davies or Dr. Sturge-Apple and receive extensive training on the many aspects of conducting high-quality research with families and children including multi-method assessments (survey, interview, observation, physiological, neurological) and evaluating family relationships through observational coding systems. Students also encouraged to become proficient in dissemination of research through lead roles as presenters at national conferences (e.g., SRCD, SRA, and APS) as well as co-authorship opportunities on empirical and conceptual manuscripts.  Faculty work directly with students on guiding their research through analysis, write-up, and submission. Finally, in addition to brownbags and colloquium offered in the Department of Psychology, students also attend RCRCF lab meetings where the focus is student research interests and professional development (e.g., networking, grant writing and review). Graduates from RCRCF have obtained positions as post-doctoral fellows in highly selective placements and faculty positions in top academic institutions. 

Professor Davies and Sturge-Apple are both accepting students for the Fall of 2016.

To Apply: For information about applying for graduate admission to the University of Rochester's Psychology Department, visit the
Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology department site.

Undergraduate Students

UndergradRCRCF provides opportunities for undergraduate students to directly participate in research experienceships through independent study coursework or through participation in our advanced seminar.  Students can earn up to four academic credits per semester. Students should identify a project that is of interest and contact the coordinator to set up an interview. Many of our undergraduate research assistants have been successful in obtaining a position in the field of their choice (e.g., counseling) or admittance to Masters and PhD level graduate training (e.g., Clinical and Developmental PhD, Family Therapy).  For more information about research opportunities click here.