About

The Clinical Child Psychology Program was established 1991 as a clinical training program with an emphasis in the specialty area of clinical child and adolescent psychology. In 2001, the Program was independently accredited by the American Psychological Association as a clinical psychology doctoral program with a child emphasis. The Commission on Accreditation most recently awarded the CCPP accreditation in July of 2008 for a full 7 years.* This interdepartmental program involves the resources of faculty in the Departments of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program includes a core of 5 faculty members with specialty interests in clinical child and pediatric psychology.  The functioning of the core faculty is supplemented by affiliated faculty in the two departments and by adjunct faculty who provide clinical and research supervision. 

Since the first students entered the program in 1992, we have produced more than 70 graduates who contribute to the clinical research literature, provide psychological services to children, youth, and families, and teach and supervise in hospitals, universities, and mental health centers. Our graduates are recognized leaders in their respective settings and in the field generally.

Consistent with our traditions of excellence, the CCPP is a frequently lauded program that is cited in the training literature as a model program in the field of clinical psychology. Our program is recognized for excellent recruitment, selectivity, diversity, retention, and outcomes. Because of this, the program has received numerous accolades for its contributions to mental health promotion, for its contributions to the empirical literature, and for its successful recruitment and retention of a diverse student body.

As one of a select few clinical programs in the country specializing in children, adolescents, and families, students in the CCPP receive training from a core faculty with interests specific to developmental issues in psychology and benefit from diverse clinical and research opportunities with youth and families. The program's reputation and ability to provide uniquely focused training have consistently placed students at top internship sites and leading positions following graduation. Of equal importance, beyond the rigorous training and abundant opportunities, the program prides itself on maintaining a supportive and collegial atmosphere.


Many thanks to CCPP Graduate Dr. Rodney McNeal for providing the semi-annual Adult Psychopathology workshop for CCPP students this past weekend. Dr. McNeal is a long-time supporter of the program-- having established the Jerry and Willie McNeal Student Award for Outstanding Teaching. Thanks, Rodney for all that you do for the program!
KU Goldwater Scholar to research Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s diseases Ryan Limbocker, KU’s 56th Goldwater Scholar, plans to focus his research at KU on such neurodegenerative disorders as Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases (see more at http://bit.ly/1nIP2bL). Limbocker, a senior majoring in chemistry, is from Overland Park, Kansas, and plans to pursue a doctorate in analytical chemistry. The Goldwater Scholarships are the nation’s premier undergraduate awards to honor academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
APA Accreditation

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org 
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation