Dr. Patricia Alexander, Professor  (palexand@umd.edu)
Domain-specific learning; Espistemic beliefs; Text-based learning; Interplay of knowledge, strategies, and motivation in academic development.

Dr. Donald J. Bolger, Assistant Professor (djbolger@umd.edu)​​​​​​​
How the brain learns to read; Sources of reading skill and impairment; How children learn the meaning of words.

Dr. Lucas Bulter, Assistant Professor (lpbutler@umd.edu) ​​​​​​​
Social learning, social cognition, and cognitive development in early childhood. How children's early learning is fundamentally shaped by the social context in which it occurs.

Dr. Kevin Dunbar, I-STEM Professor (kndunbar@umd.edu)​​​​​​​
Thinking, Reasoning, and problem solving in complex domains such as science; Analogical Reasoning, Causal Reasoning, Inductive, Deductive, and Distributed Reasoning; Gender and science; Brain mechanisms or reasoning; Development of Scientific Thinking.

Kelly Mix, Professor & Chair (kmix@umd.edu)​​​​​​​
Development of mathematics and number concepts; Early childhood; Symbol-referent mappings; Spatial skills and mathematics; Elementary mathematics instruction.

Dr. Richard W. Prather, Assistant Professor (prather1@umd.edu)​​​​​​​
Children's development with a focus on cognitive development involved in learning mathematics; Research involves lab and classroom based behavioral studies, along with computational modeling of the neural basis of behavior.

Dr. Geetha Ramani, Associate Professor (gramani@umd.edu) ​​​​​​​
Influence of social interactions on young children's cognitive development; Learning through cooperative play and activities; Early mathematics and problem-solving skills; Development and correlates of peer cooperation.

Dr. Kenneth Rubin, Professor (krubin@umd.edu) ​​​​​​​
Social development; Peer interactions, relationships, and groups; Parenting and parentchild relationships; Social Withdrawal; Developmental psychopathology; Culture and cross-cultural comparisons.

Dr. Min Wang, Professor (minwang@umd.edu)​​​​​​​
Language and reading acquisition; cross language and writing system comparisons; second language/bilingual literacy development.

Dr. Kathryn Wentzel, Professor (wentzel@umd.edu) ​​​​​​​
Adolescent social development ; motivation and self-regulation; interpersonal relationships and school adjustment; students' relationships with teachers and peers Dr. Allan Wigfield, Professor Development and socialization of motivation and self-concept; Gender differences; Achievement motivation; Self-regulation and learning; Motivation for literacy.

Dr. Allan Wigfield, Professor (awigfiel@umd.edu) ​​​​​​​
Development and socialization of motivation and self-concept; Gender differences; Achievement motivation; Self-regulation and learning; Motivation for literacy.