The Department of Human Development focuses on behavioral and psychological development from conception through later life. Emphasis is on the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability and the contexts in which development takes place.

Explore the department's undergraduate and graduate programs.

The department has a historic dual commitment to increase knowledge of human development through rigorous research and scholarship and to disseminate this knowledge beyond the classroom to the larger community through a variety of engagement activities, including exploring the social policy implications of research-based knowledge.

The department, founded in 1925, was among the first in human development established by a university. It has consistently attracted a distinguished group of scholars from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and biology. Currently, the department has a professorial faculty of 24, holding joint teaching and research appointments or joint research and outreach responsibilities. Undergraduate majors typically number 350-400, while approximately 45 doctoral students are in residence.

Contact Information

G421, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
 Cornell University
 Ithaca, NY 14853-4401
 Phone: 607-255-7620
 Fax: 607-255-9856

G421B, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
 Phone: 607-255-0849
 E-mail: qw23@cornell.edu

169 Academic Surge B & 101A Beebe Hall 
 Phone: 607-255-2457
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173 Human Ecology Building
 Phone:607-255-7392
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G421A, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
 Phone: 607-255-0848
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G421 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall 
 Phone: 607-255-7970
 Email: dfs15@cornell.edu