Developmental & Learning Sciences

Welcome to the Developmental & Learning Sciences specialization in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!

Students in DLS attain proficiency in three areas: 1) Social and Emotional Development, 2) Cognition, Learning, and Instruction, and 3) Educational Neuroscience. Our faculty and students conduct innovative and collaborative research and benefit from many local and university partnerships, including those with school districts, the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior, the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, the Center for Instructional Innovation, and the Bullying Research Network.

Developmental & Learning Sciences is flexible and interdisciplinary in that students are able to customize their academic focus and research experiences to fit their educational and career goals. Most graduate students are funded through teaching or research assistantships and later secure positions in university settings, at research and consulting groups, or at state and federal government agencies.

We offer masters and doctoral degrees to students interested in a wide range of issues, with emphasis in the three strands shown below.

Degrees Offered

Masters Comprehensive Exam Related Links


Developmental & Learning Sciences applications are considered three times a year:

  • January 15th (early consideration for starting the following Fall)
  • May 1st (for starting the following Fall)
  • October 1st (for starting the following Spring)
DLS Director

Dr. Kathy Rudasill
Educational Psychology
221 TEAC
(402) 472-2455

Developmental & Learning Sciences Faculty

Eric Buhs Associate Professor

Full Eric Buhs bio

Roger Bruning Velma Warren Hodder Professor

Full Roger Bruning bio
Dr. Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark Assistant Professor

Full Carrie Clark bio

Christy Horn Co- Director, Center for Instructional Innovation

Full Christy Horn bio

Kenneth Kiewra Professor

Full Kenneth Kiewra bio

Meredith Martin Assistant Professor

Full Meredith Martin bio

Kathleen Rudasill Susan J. Rosowski Professor

Full Kathleen Rudasill bio

Duane Shell Research Professor

Full Duane Shell bio

Hideo Suzuki Assistant Professor

Full Hideo Suzuki bio

Alexandra Twyman Assistant Professor

Full Alexandra Twyman bio

Laurie Bellows Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Professor of Practice, NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ADVISEES