Child Clinical Concentration

pretendplayThe Child Clinical Concentration

This concentration is designed for students interested in an academic and clinical career focusing on children and families. Child Clinical Psychology is both a basic and an applied psychological specialty that involves the study, diagnosis, and treatment of children and their families. The activities of the child clinical psychologist build upon the competencies of the general clinical psychologist, and include:

1) conducting research that addresses basic and applied topics in child development, developmental psychopathology, and family functioning

2) developing and implementing interventions that target cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relational problems in children and families

3) providing assessments and evaluations of children with suspected developmental delays, learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, and social-emotional difficulties

4) consulting with families, schools, health care providers, and service agencies

5) teaching and supervising students.

Because these diverse activities require specialty training, students who anticipate pursuing a career in child clinical psychology are encouraged to complete the concentration.

Students who are accepted into the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut may pursue a supplementary course of study in child clinical psychology in addition to completing all clinical psychology requirements. Students who pursue the concentration complete academic courses in child development, developmental psychopathology, child psychopathology, child and family interaction, and interventions with children and families. These courses are offered in the Clinical Division and Developmental Division in the Departments of Psychology, as well as in the Human Development and Family Studies Department. In addition, students will complete at least two years of clinical experience specifically related to children and/or families. Finally, it is expected that most students will become involved in research projects that relate to developmental psychopathology, normative child development, or family functioning.

The academic coursework and clinical requirements for the concentration are described here.

Faculty involved in this concentration are listed here.