Welcome to ChAD!
Our programs in Child and Adolescent Development provide a well-rounded curriculum that incorporates theory, research, policy, and practice. The course of study includes: a command of various theories and milestones of human development; an appreciation of the influences of parents, peers, teachers, social institutions, and other socializing agents on all domains of development throughout childhood and adolescence; an appreciation of the importance of issues of equity including the special considerations relevant to cultural and ethnic diversity; an awareness of effects of different child-rearing practices or conditions on the fulfillment of development promise (e.g., parenting styles, day care, divorce, child abuse); and understanding of individual differences (e.g., learning styles, differing abilities) and how to accommodate them; and a sensitivity to the commonalties and diversities in people of all ages.
Congratulations Dr. Cara Maffini on your promotion to Associate Professor! Dr. Maffini's research encompasses intersections of culture, mental health, and trauma particularly among adolescents and emerging adults with a focus on underserved populations. She has three main lines of research: (a) understanding psychosocial, cultural, and developmental protective and risk factors associated with trauma (e.g., violence, victimization, and campus safety); (b) examining refugee experiences and intergenerational transmission of trauma; and (c) examining bicultural and biracial experiences and identity development. Grounded in her training in counseling psychology, Cara's research serves to inform campus and community-based intervention and prevention programs.
Congratulations Dr. Nadia Sorkhabi on your promotion to Full Professor! Dr. Sorkhabi studies how parenting patterns and specific parenting practices affect parent-child conflict, adolescent disclosure, and developmental outcomes such as academic achievement, self-concept, mental health, and social competence of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. A central aspect of her research is to study different cultures and understudied ethnic groups in the United States. Dr. Sorkhabi also studies cultural similarities and differences in moral reasoning of adolescents, emerging adults, and adults about justice, care, and human rights.
Undergraduate Advisement Appointments
Undegraduate students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment at least once a semester via Spartan Connect. Please follow the on-screen instructions to schedule an appointment in LCOE Faculty Office SH 216 for ChAD Advising. These appointments are available from the first week of classes through the last week of instruction in the fall and spring semesters.
If you need advisement assistance during the breaks between semesters or over the summer, go to the ChAD Office (SH 201) or call the department office (408) 924-3718.
Graduate Advisement Appointments
Graduate students are encouraged to meet with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Nadia Sorkhabi. Please email her at email@example.com to request for an appointment. General questions about the ChAD Graduate MA program can be found here.
Part-Time Faculty Employment
The Department of Child & Adolescent Development (ChAD) at San Jose State University is often seeking qualified lecturers to teach ChAD courses during the fall and spring semesters. We are particularly interested in staffing the following courses: Contemporary Parenting, Risk and Resilience; Social and Emotional Development; Child and Adolescent Motivation; and Contextual Influences on Cognitive Development. See the SJSU catalog for brief descriptions of these courses (see catalog descriptions).
If you hold an MA, Ph.D., or Ed.D. in Child Development, Psychology, Education, or a related field, email your CV along with a note indicating which of the courses we offer you are prepared to teach to Emily Slusser, Department Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org