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 with the necessary knowledge, skills, and training to work with children, adolescents, young adults and their families, 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 a range of mental health issues and challenges such as depression, anxiety, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, or coping with life changes such as parental divorce or death. They conduct formal diagnostic assessments, provide psychotherapy and other therapeutic services, develop community based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, provide consultation, advocate for policy 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 childhood depression and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, ADHD and other learning disorders, LGBTQ youth mental health, trauma, family systems, and multicultural treatment models.