Tradition, Vision, Mission
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.*
Since the first students entered the program in 1992, we have produced more than 65 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.
Our vision for the field is one in which research and service for children, youths, and their families are performed by psychologists with appropriate specialty training, which fully incorporates a developmental perspective. We believe that adequate training in clinical child psychology at the university program level provides both didactics and clinical experiences with child and adolescent populations to the level of proficiency, which cannot be attained through one or two courses or a handful of clinical contacts.1 Correspondingly, the CCPP's training model is one in which developmental science is at the heart of all courses, research projects, and clinical experiences.The mission of the program is to develop leaders in the research, dissemination, and practice of clinical science for children, youths, and their families. The field of psychological science is changing rapidly, with advances in our understanding, assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of a range of conditions. Our goal is to train the professionals who are at the forefront of these advances in research, dissemination, education, and service.