Engage in multidisciplinary, cutting-edge scholarship

The PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) with emphasis in mental health and developmental disorders is a multidisciplinary degree that includes mental health, education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language development, and the neurosciences. Students study factors affecting infant and family well-being, including physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cross-cultural perspectives. Faculty advise, mentor, and evaluate student work based on doctoral-level standards.

Advance your career

The PhD in IECD is designed for working professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of infant and childhood development. With this degree, students can influence change in many disciplines: childcare, health education and community health work, mental-health counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, social work, special education, and speech-language pathology, among others.


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In the IECD program, students will:

  • Prepare for a career in infant mental health and developmental disabilities, using a multidisciplinary framework that includes mental health, education, occupational therapy, speech and language, and neuroscience.
  • Focus on teaching skills to understand typical and atypical child and family development.
  • Learn about parent/child relationships in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Have the opportunity to learn along with professionals from multiple disciplines who live around the world.
  • Engage in comprehensive, in-depth discussions of cutting-edge issues in areas related to child and family development.

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