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Catholic University of America
The study of developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America (CUA) has a long and rich history. It can be traced back to the 1920s, when a “center” was established to assist families whose children were experiencing educational or psychological problems. At that time, (Rev.) Thomas Verner Moore, a pioneering cognitive psychologist, was the departmental chairperson and saw the study of development as a theoretical as well as a practical tool for improving lives. One of his students, (Rev.) Paul Furfey, did his PhD dissertation on the topic of assessing children. He used a qualitative, holistic approach that was designed to situate each individual youth in a well-rounded sociological and psychological context. Furfey, who was a founding member of the Society for Research on Child Development, was, as was his mentor Moore, a priest. Later in the 1930s, Furfey refocused his work on bridging social science with social activism ...