A faculty member in psychology with specializations in child development and educational psychology between 1985 and 2016, Dr. McDevitt received her Ph.D. and M.A. in child development from Stanford University’s Psychological Studies in Education program. She also received an Ed.S. in educational evaluation from Stanford University, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, for which she spent a year studying at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
She has served UNC in various capacities, including teaching courses in child psychology, human development, educational psychology, program evaluation, and research methods; advisement of graduate students; administration and university governance; and research and grant writing. Her research focuses on child development, families, and teacher education and is published in Child Development, Learning and Individual Differences, Child Study Journal, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Youth and Society, and Science Education, among others. Her book, Child Development and Education, with co-author Jeanne Ormrod and published by Pearson, is now in preparation for its seventh edition. She has gained extensive practical experience with children, including raising two children and working as an early childhood teacher of toddlers and preschool children, early childhood special education teacher and volunteer in school and community settings.
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