The Early Childhood Interaction Lab is located within the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland.  The director of the lab is Dr. Geetha Ramani.

Graduate Students

Dr. Ramani is currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2016.

Students interested in pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree, should apply to the Human Development program within the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

The Human Development Program has two specializations that students can choose, Developmental Science and Educational Psychology. Dr. Ramani is affiliated with both specializations and is accepting students in both areas. Students interested in working with Dr. Ramani or have questions about the program can contact her directly at

Human Developmental Program Specializations

Developmental Science

The Developmental Sciences specialization is designed to train students in the areas of social, cognitive, emotional, and biological aspects of human development. The goal of the program is to train students for research careers in academic or applied areas of child development; graduates have obtained positions as university professors and research scientists.

Educational Psychology

The faculty in the Educational Psychology Specialization focus on the processes involved in learning across the life span and competent functioning in educational settings. Themes include cognitive development, focusing on language, mathematics, and reading, social and academic aspects of motivation and self-regulation, and parent, teacher and peer relationships as they relate to school success. There are significant strengths in language learning, bilingualism, motivation, social influences on learning, and cognitive neuroscience of reading.