Faculty/Student Research Opportunities

Different research opportunities, independent studies, and internships are available at the CDC. We welcome faculty and students from any department to participate and conduct research with young children and their families. Faculty sponsors are required as well as approval from the Executive Director of the CDC. Please contact dterordedoyle@rollins.edu


Students in the Lab

Students in the Lab

Students participate in observational research, learn child development theory, and practice while interacting with children of diverse abilities.

Ongoing Research Projects

Narrative Project

The Narrative Project is led by Dr. Alice Davidson, psychology professor at Rollins College. Dr. Davidson has been studying children’s narrative for 13 years. Rollins students work with Dr. Davidson to study the way that young children make meaning out of their personal emotional and conflict experiences through the stories they tell, as well as to examine the significance of these stories for children’s adjustment.

Please contact Dr. Davidson at adavidson@rollins.edu if you are interested in doing research on children’s narratives. 


Philosophy with Young Children.  

Students from Dr. Erik Kenyon's Philosophy with Children class will conduct philosophical discussions with children ages 3-5 during short small group meetings throughout the semester.  The emphasis is on helping undergraduate students learn philosophical perspectives and understanding how young children become deep thinkers at an early age.

Please contact Dr. Erik Kenyon at ekenyon@rollins.edu

Spring 2018 Special Courses and Projects

Writing for and With Young Children

The Writing project is led by Dr. Matthew Forsythe, english professor at Rollins College.  Dr. Forsythe's students will create books with children supporting literacy development through narrative and illustratration activities.

Taking Care

Dr. Amy Armenia, sociology professor and Dr. Sharon Carnahan, psychology professor, will explore the nature of caring for specific populations including young children.  Students will be observing teachers and conducting interviews on the nature of caring for young children and supporting families.

Art History

Dr. Mackenzie Moon-Ryan, professor in Art history, will visit the Cornell Family Musuem with children exploring the art collection for style, shape and color.

Child Development & Student Research Center
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2760
Winter Park, FL 32789