Founded in Concepción in the Biobío region, the Universidad del Desarrollo was established in 1989 in order to expand educational options for young people and adults in the area. Later it expanded to Santiago, and currently has undergraduate and graduate programs, extension and training programs, and research centers.


Developmental promoting factors such as biological, psychological, and sociocultural variables are the focus of interest of our program. In this context, it is expected that students in our doctoral program in Human Development Science and Psychopathology participate in research projects that address one or more dimensions of human development.


Research Lines

Parenting and child development from 0 to 5

We research the ways mothers and fathers participate in their small kids’ life and their influence in children´s development.

Sensitivity to stress and deviated development paths

We are interested in comprehend the psychobiological components of sensitivity to stress, including cognitive, affective and developmental aspects.

Neurobiological basis of cognition and emotion

Our research goal is oriented to understand the neural mechanism that underlie the recognition and processing of emotional information as a key factor of cognitive process regulation.

Subjectivity and metacognition across the lifespan

Metacognition is the skill of accessing and reporting individual mental contents.



From the perspective of the interpersonal mind (interpersonal mind perspective), the normal and deviant developmental paths unfold according to a multilevel perspective which encompass a wide range of disciplines, from molecular biology to sociocultural processes and from (basic research) to applied sciences. Thus, the doctoral program in Developmental Science and Psychopathology curriculum is structured according to this multilevel perspective. Students will receive training in themes that range from biological aspects of behavior to the understanding of broad sociocultural processes, The main focus is on the interpersonal aspect of the organization of mental processes, studied from the perspective of lifespan development.

The curriculum is structured in 4 areas

  1. Basic Coursework: lectures addressing the main themes related to human development and psychopathology. 
  2. Courses supporting the thesis Project: lectures oriented to deepen the understanding of core contents associated with the research lines of the academics involved in the doctoral program, that directly contribute to the development of the students dissertation. Similarly, other courses oriented to strengthen the research skills of the students are considered, theses courses involve the participation of students in ongoing research projects from CARE faculty.
  3. Teaching: compulsory course oriented to develop in students the necessary skills to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, either under supervision or independently.
  4. Dissertation: high density credit courses involved in the development of students dissertation.

The doctoral program is expected to be completed within 4 years (minimum semesters, maximum 10 semesters), and includes a coursework component that covers the core areas of the program, courses supporting the dissertation development, and courses oriented to develop teaching skills in the students.

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More information

Karen Castet Álvarez
Coordinadora CARE y DCDP

(56) 2 23279426

Doctoral Program website