Located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, the Psychology Department’s Clinical Science Program in Child and Adolescent Psychology is located with the FIU Center for Children and Families in an interdisciplinary center focused on clinical research in child and adolescent mental health, in the Academic Health Sciences Building (AHC 1). The physical facilities and resources of the Program and Centers cover 11,000 square feet, with 10 testing and clinical treatment rooms (with observational windows and wired for sound and video) ranging in size from individual testing rooms to very large group playrooms, two medical examination rooms, waiting rooms for parents and children, a journal library with a large collection of assessment and treatment materials and treatment manuals, two conference rooms, two large, cubicle-equipped (each with a phone and networked computer) bullpen rooms for research staff and students, and 29 offices for faculty and staff, equipped with telephones and networked computers. A large number of current statistical software packages are available to researchers, and on-site statistical consultation is available.
Staff of the program and centers includes three secretarial-administrative staff, nine Ph.D. level faculty, one M.D. level faculty, 15-20 graduate trainees in clinical child psychology, 6-10 postdoctoral fellows and medical residents, 6-10 full-time research associates, and numerous undergraduate trainees. Faculty from departments and schools across the university are affiliated with the program. Collaborators, including clinical child graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, conduct both large- and small-scale research and clinical activities with children and families to develop and implement prevention, intervention and dissemination activities across the externalizing (ADHD, aggression, risky behaviors) and internalizing (anxiety, mood disorders) dimensions of child and adolescent psychopathology.
The diversity of Miami’s population and the size of Miami-Dade and Broward school districts (500,000 children) provide ample potential for research recruitment and clinical training. The program has extensive relationships within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, primary care physicians and Miami Children’s Hospital, and with mental health facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, affording opportunities to conduct activities not only on-site but also in community, school, and mental health settings across the South Florida community.