Fielding Graduate University


PhD Infant and Early Childhood Development

The PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development* is a multidisciplinary doctoral program in mental health and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum, sensory integration, ADHD, and mood disorder (pending WSCUC approval).

Who is it For?

Designed for working professionals looking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of infant and childhood development. Students come from several core disciplines, including:
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Psychiatry
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech and language
  • Education
  • Theology
  • Chiropractic
  • Neurology
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy

What does it Offer?

Designed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, the program offers a unique link between various disciplines within a relationship-based developmental framework and also uses a common language across disciplinary boundaries so that students can deepen their understanding of each of the disciplines.

What do you Study?

Students study multiple factors affecting an infant’s and family’s well-being within a multidisciplinary framework including mental health, education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language development, and the neurosciences. The faculty teaches typical and atypical infant and family development using a curriculum that includes physiological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, social, and cross-cultural perspectives.
Jeffrey J. Guenzel, MA, LPC Chief Executive Officer, ICDL
"This PhD program is endorsed by the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL)."
-Jeffrey J. Guenzel, MA, LPC
Chief Executive Officer, ICDL

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