The clinical child psychology training concentration is designed to prepare doctoral students for careers as scientists and scientist-practitioners in the areas of clinical child and adolescent psychology and pediatric psychology.

Students enrolled in this concentration will complete specialized coursework geared toward children, adolescents, and their families. In addition to formal coursework, students in the clinical child concentration will have the opportunity to pursue specific research, didactic, and practicum experiences with children and adolescents.

a child's hand pointing at an illustration in a bookA major focus of the clinical child concentration is to teach students how to conduct research examining the effectiveness of interventions and assessment instruments in clinical populations. This concentration emphasizes an understanding of developmental psychopathology and its role in child and adolescent intervention, assessment, and research.

In addition to working with the core faculty, students will also be trained by practicing clinical child psychologists and pediatricians working as adjunct faculty members in our training concentration. There are diverse assessment and treatment practicum training opportunities for students enrolled in the clinical child psychology concentration.

Coordinator: Dr. Randy Salekin

Practicum Training Opportunities

  • UA Psychology Clinic – outpatient diagnosis and treatment clinic
  • UA Autism Spectrum Disorders Research Clinic – outpatient diagnosis and treatment clinic
  • Brewer Porch Children’s Center – outpatient and residential treatment facility
  • University Medical Center ADHD Clinic – outpatient diagnosis and treatment clinic
  • University Medical Center High Risk Clinic – outpatient birth to five follow-up clinic
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic – outpatient assessment

Optional Specialization in Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychology

Students interested in crossover training with the psychology and law concentration can choose to take an additional 5 credit hours of coursework in the area of child and adolescent forensic assessment and treatment and complete a specialized practicum.

Cross-Discipline Research and Training

In addition to the standard clinical child curriculum, students can gain additional experiences by taking course of conducting research related to other areas in psychology. Crossover training with the developmental science concentration is encouraged.