Department Chair & Professor
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Florida
Dr. Derek Montgomery received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His doctoral dissertation at Florida earned the APA Division 7 Dissertation Award. He has been at Bradley since 1993.
Courses taught by Dr. Montgomery include Principles of Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Honors Research, and Cognitive Development.
Dr. Montgomery’s research primarily involves understanding how preschool and kindergarten children learn to self-regulate their behavior. Representative work can be found at Infant and Child Development and at Developmental Review.
Student research assistants gain experience testing and assessing young children, developing testing material, coding and interpreting data, reading pertinent research literature, and presenting research at conferences. Basic research skills are applicable to a wide variety of careers and pursuits. Students who have worked with Dr. Montgomery over the years have pursued master’s and doctoral degrees across a range of disciplines and professions. These areas of study include school psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive science, medical school, social psychology, sport psychology, epidemiology, and legal psychology.
In addition to serving on college and university committees, Dr. Montgomery is departmental chairperson. Dr. Montgomery serves his discipline by reviewing manuscripts for many developmental psychology journals.