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David Schultz, Ph.D., M.Div.

Associate Professor

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Contact Information:


Office:        Math/Psychology 338

Phone:       410.455.2414

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 402

Phone:       410.455.8183

Website:    Social Development Lab, Goals Program,Home Visiting Training and Certificate Program.


Ph.D. – University of Delaware, 2000

Area of Study:

Social development in infancy and early childhood.

Research Interests:

Dr. Schultz focuses on social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood and prevention programs that support this development. He’s particularly interested in social and emotional competence and intelligence in young children and how that influences their interactions with others. He’s additionally interested in the evaluation of family support programs that support infant and toddlers’ development.

Courses Taught:

Child Developmental Psychology (PSYC 200)

Aggression & Antisocial Behavior (PSYC 342)

The Development of Aggressive and Disruptive Behaviors (PSYC 400)

Social Development (PSYC 781)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES: Accepting new ADP graduate students for Fall 2018.

Dr. Schultz’ graduate students play critical roles in his ongoing projects.This includes working as research assistants on the UMBC Home Visiting Training and Certificate Program and team managers for studies assessing young children’s social and emotional intelligence and thinking patterns.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Undergraduate opportunities available.

Each semester Dr. Schultz typically has 5-15 undergraduate research assistants on his intervention and evaluation team.If interested in joining his team in the upcoming semester, send him an e-mail ( during the pre-registration period.



Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Applied Developmental Psychology


Selected Publications:

Schultz, D., & Vanderwalde, H. (2012). Parenting Young Children. In James A. Bank (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. SAGE Publications.

Schultz, D., Ambike, A., Stapleton, L. M., Domitrovich, C. E., Schaeffer, C. M., & Bartels, B. (2010). Development of a questionnaire assessing teacher perceived support for and attitudes about social and emotional learning. Early Education & Development, 21, 865-885.

Schultz, D., Logie, S., Ambike, A., Bohner, K., Stapleton, L., Vanderwalde, H., Min, C., & Betkowski, J. A. (2010). The development and validation of a video-based assessment of young children’s social information processing. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 601-613.

Schultz, D., Izard, C. E., Stapleton, L. M., Buckingham, S., & Bear, G. A. (2009). Children’s social status as a function of emotionality and attention control. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30, 169-181.

Schultz, D., Ambike, A., Buckingham-Howes, S., & Cheah, C. S. L. (2008). Experimental analysis of preschool playmate preferences as a function of smiles and sex. Infant and Child Development, 17, 503-507.

Schultz, D., Izard, C. E., & Bear, G. A (2004). Children’s emotion processing: Relations to emotionality and aggression. Development & Psychopathology, 16, 371-387.