Developmental Psychology


Developmental psychology, also known as human development, is the scientific study of systematic psychological changes that occur in human beings over the course of the life span. Originally concerned with infants and children, the field has expanded to include adolescence and adult development, aging, and the entire life span. This field examines change across a broad range of topics including motor skills and other psycho-physiological processes; cognitive development involving areas such as problem solving, moral understanding, and conceptual understanding; language acquisition; social, personality, and emotional development; and self-concept and identity formation.


Developmental Psychology program allows you to study psychological processes from a developmental perspective. This program also is design to enable students to develop a better understanding of human development.


Within our psychology graduate program, you can pursue specialties including, but not  limited to the following areas:

  • cognitive-developmental psychology,
  • social-emotional developmental psychology,
  • atypical development (e.g., autism, impulse control disorders, juvenile delinquency, speech and social anxiety)


Compulsory subjects (24 units)

Code Courses title
SKPP6013 Applied Research Methods and Quantitative Techniques
SKPP6023 Test, Measurements and Psychological Assessment
SKPP6033 Individual Assessment
SKPN6013 Lifespan Cognitive Processess
SKPN6023 Social and Personality Development
SKPN6033 Cognitive Assessment of Infants and Preschool Children
SKPN6043 Adolescents at Risk:  Prevention, Intervention and Treatment
SKPN6053 Psychology of Adults and the Elderly
Code Courses title
SKPN6063 Gender and Human Development
SKPN6073 Management of Psychological Services
SKPN6083 Skills in Consultation
Code Courses title
SKPN6099 Practicum: Human Development Psychology
SKPN6199 Master Thesis: Psychology of Human Development

Total: 42 units


Dr. Siti Marziah Zakaria

Programme Coordinator

Senior Lecturer

 03 8921 5236


Developmental psychology, marriage quality, women empowerment and well-being


Dr. Abdul Rahman Ahmad Badayai

 03 8921 3179


Early Intervention Program (Developmental Delays among Children), Developmental Assets of At-Risk Adolescents/ Youth (school dropout, violence and aggression, teen suicide, pornography and early teenage pregnancy, substance use and abuse), Resilience and Coping Mechanisms, Parenting and Healthy Socio-Emotional Development among Children, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) among Refugees


Dr. Suzana Mohd Hoesni


Senior Lecturer

 03 8921 3628


Developmental Psychology focussing on close and interpersonal relationships, marriage and love, positive psychology and death


Dr. Nor Azzatunnisak Mohd Khatib



 03 8921 3921


Developmental psychology focuses on empowering self and social connectedness aspects of children and adolescents, subjective well-being (happiness, quality of life & emotions), positive psychology.