About Us

By specializing in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology, we join only a small number of other programs in the United States that have this specialization. Because the Department of Psychology at FIU has this singular clinical specialization, the faculty comprising the Clinical Science program are not “add on” faculty to a more general clinical science program. We are the clinical science program!

Our status as a stand alone, independent, Clinical Science specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychology is a reflection of the maturity of the field in the professional arena (e.g., board certification in the specialty through the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; the transition of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology from a Section of Division 12 to its own independent Division (53, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), with its own scientific conferences, scientific journals, books series and other publications. It also is a reflection of the cumulative body of theoretical and empirical knowledge produced over the decades regarding the development, maintenance, prevention, and treatment of clinical problems of children through the lifespan.

Drawing on this knowledge, clinical science in child and adolescent psychology necessitates a firm foundation in developmental psychology to allow for the construction of theories about the dynamic and complex interplay between the individual child and the contexts in which the child interacts (e.g., parents, family, peers, schools, community). Also critical for theory construction in this area is understanding the factors that result in child adaptation and coping, as well as maladaptation, poor coping, and psychopathology in the context of cultural diversity. Just as importantly, dynamic and complex theory construction in child and adolescent clinical science require knowledge of and expertise in modern, cutting edge, methodological and statistical approaches.

Accordingly, FIU’s training in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology aims to arm graduate students with the necessary conceptual background and knowledge of the field including skills in theory construction, methodology, and statistics. Armed with knowledge and skills in these areas, students will be well positioned to advance basic knowledge in developmental psychopathology. Students also will be well positioned to develop and evaluate scientifically informed assessment, prevention, treatment and dissemination approaches.