The Positive Development Lab


The Psychology Department is accepting applications for the Human Development PhD, as well as the Clinical PhD, Applied-Experimental PhD, and Masters in Psychological Science programs for Fall 2022!

Dr. Degnan will be interviewing, and possibly accepting, a PhD student in the Human Development or Clinical PhD programs. She also mentors MA students in our Psychological Sciences Master's program. You are welcome to apply to work with her in any program, particularly if you can demonstrate a clear fit to the Positive Development Lab and the Children, Families, and Cultures specialization, specifically.

Our Psychology graduate programs offer a personalized approach within a supportive environment. The faculty work hard to mentor you towards your specific professional goals.

Spread the word and send in your applications!

Feel free to contact Dr. Degnan ( with any questions.

Undergraduates interested in research experience?

Catholic University students can volunteer (1-3 hrs per week) or register for Research Apprenticeship credit (Psy 493: 4-5 hrs per week per credit) during each academic session.

Email Dr. Degnan ( a resume and a brief description of why you're interested in the PDL.

Master's students interested in research experience?

MA students can volunteer (1-3 hrs per week) or register for MA Research Apprenticeship credit (Psy 593: 4-5 hrs per week per credit). Mentorship can include involvement in PDL research projects, directing Topic Papers, or directing Thesis Projects.

Contact Dr. Degnan ASAP with a CV and why you're interested in the PDL.

Congratulations to all of our 2021 Seniors!

Bridget, Adrian, & Aleksandra

Congratulations to our Master's graduates!

Tram Nguyen

We will miss you all - Please keep in touch!!!

Did you know the Psychology Department at Catholic University is over 125 years old?

Check out our rich history in Psychological Science here.