Adult Development and Aging Program

Doctor of Philosophy

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

Program of Study
The doctoral program in Adult Development and Aging requires 96 semester credit hours of study. Students will be required to take courses at both Cleveland State University and The University of Akron. Enrollment in and successful completion of the following courses will be required:

  • Quantitative Methods I and II
    Multivariate Statistics
    Structural Equation Modeling
    Adult Development & Aging
    Health Psychology in Later Life
    Mental Health & Aging
    Sensorimotor Processes in Adulthood
    Neuropsychology of Aging
    Social & Emotional Development in Later Life
    Cognitive Aging
    Independent Reading
    Research and Thesis

Faculty Research Interests
The program has outstanding faculty with whom students conduct their master thesis and dissertation projects. Students have the opportunity to do research with faculty at Cleveland State and The University of Akron; faculty research interests include the following:

  • Social and emotional functioning
    Aging and mental health
    Language and cognitive changes
    Biopsychological changes
    Neuropsychological functioning and cognitive disorders
    Psychosocial interventions for older adults

Visit our Faculty Profiles pages for more information about each faculty member's interests.

Refer to our Applying for Graduate Admissions page for information about admissions criteria and procedures.