Applied Child Concentration

CONTACT: Geoffrey Goodman, Ph.D., ABPP, Coordinator of Applied Child Concentration

Clinical psychologists who work in educational settings use their specialized training to help insure that every child learns in a supportive environment. They individualize their services to the unique needs of each child and each situation and, along with community-based providers, collaborate and offer consultation to teachers, parents, and administrators about a child's learning and behavior problems.

Students in the clinical psychology doctoral program who select the Applied Child concentration are interested in developing expertise in working in school settings with parents, teachers, special education personnel, principals, Committees on Special Education (CSEs), and children to facilitate the learning and well-being of children in these settings. Clinical psychologists working in educational settings assess and treat children with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, including children diagnosed with mental retardation, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, learning disabilities (i.e., reading, writing, mathematics), and pervasive developmental disorders.

The Applied Child concentration offers a wide array of externship opportunities to practice school psychology in school and clinical settings. The core elective courses with the Applied Child concentration are Consultation in Multicultural Educational Settings (3 credits) and Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions in Educational Settings (3 credits). Monthly concentration meetings invite experts in the field to discuss their experiences of practicing school psychology in school and clinical settings. Recent Applied Child concentration meeting titles:

"The Intergenerational Impact of a Rural Community Library on Young Children's Learning Readiness Skills in a Ugandan Village"; "School-Based Mental Health Practice"; "It Takes More Than a Village: School, Family, and the Natural Environment as Containing Environments in Children's Lives"


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