Child and Adolescent Psychology

Learn more about our Emphasis in  
Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Learn more about our Emphasis in
Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Emphasis in Child and Adolescent Psychology

This emphasis within our Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program provides focused coursework, training, and mentorship that prepare students as clinical psychologists who work specifically with children and adolescents, and the issues that impact their mental health and well-being.

Child and adolescent psychologists work in a range of settings with young people struggling with mental health issues and challenges such as peer pressure, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, sexuality, or coping with life changes such as parental divorce or death. They conduct formal diagnostic tests, provide counseling and other therapeutic services, develop community based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, and more.

Through this emphasis, our students gain research- and practice-based understanding and skills related to assessment and intervention methods that are most appropriate to younger clients, as well as understanding of the broader structural and sociocultural factors that affect children and adolescents.

They are trained as practitioners with broad knowledge and specific skills in assessment, theory, research, and practice by faculty who are practicing clinicians as well as leading scholars, researchers, and educators with extensive child and adolescent experience—focusing in areas such as autism, ADHD and other learning disorders, sexual identity, eating disorders, trauma, and school violence.