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Developmental Trauma

Through understanding human development, you can improve the lives of people affected by developmental trauma.

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In this graduate program, you will learn about the scientific and applied aspects of complex developmental trauma. You will also learn how to apply knowledge of professional behaviors, standards and ethics in developmental fields.

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Programs Offered


Sample Courses


  • Vulnerable Child: Theory
  • Advanced Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Experimental Design
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Special Admission Requirements


Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Graduate Application Requirements

Our Faculty


With focused expertise in early childhood development and infancy, our faculty has strong connections with research scientists and other staff members at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development here on the TCU campus. Meet our faculty.

What Sets Us Apart


Our program in child development is closely associated with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. This institute strives to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect and/or trauma.

Career Prospects


With your degree, you can work in occupations involving child mental health, public policy, education, health care, social work or other human services careers.