Adult Development & Aging

Adult Development & Aging Doctor of Philosphy Program

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The Ph.D. program in Adult Development and Aging is offered jointly with the University of Akron Department of Psychology. Drawing on the resources of both universities, the program prepares students for careers as researchers and scholars in a variety of settings, including higher education, medical centers, government agencies, and research institutes.

Students are trained as researchers who have expertise in social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of adulthood and aging, and who convey existing knowledge through teaching.

Students also generate new knowledge through basic and applied research and become involved with communities in addressing social issues related to aging. The program gives students the opportunity to work with multiple faculty across two different universities, offering broad exposure to the ever-growing areas of basic and applied aging research.



  • Research and dissertation opportunities aligned with faculty research interests

  • Opportunities for conference presentations/publications

  • Student funding (tuition waivers and assistantships for research and/or teaching)

  • Resources of Cleveland State University and The University of Akron

  • Affiliations with Cleveland-area medical and research institutions