Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
University of Michigan
Lois Wladis Hoffman & John W. Hagen
The Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan has been among those at the forefront of developmental research since the 1940s. The social and behavioral sciences have had distinguished histories at Michigan, both in terms of individual departments and in the establishing of collaborations and joint efforts that cross traditional departmental boundaries. Thus, when the department decided to establish a program in developmental psychology, the climate and the components were already in place to ensure success for the new endeavor. The developmental program formally began in 1965, but the contributions of the university to the field preceded that date by more than 20 years. Many of the pioneers in developmental psychology obtained their training at Michigan, most often in social psychology. Urie Bronfenbrenner received his PhD at Michigan in 1942 and returned as an assistant professor after serving in World War II. The students at Michigan in psychology during ...