UMass Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst offers a concentration in child, adolescent, and family clinical psychology (CAF).  The CAF concentration trains graduate students for professional work as academic clinical psychologists.  Academic clinical psychologists most often contribute to the field through their work as university faculty in departments of psychology, as medical school faculty in departments of psychiatry, or within government or private social policy agencies.  To this end, the CAF concentration provides training in clinical research, assessment and program evaluation, and intervention with children, adolescents and families. All students in the clinical psychology program are required to take coursework that focuses on both adults and children.  The program addresses development across the life course, from infancy through adolescence to adulthood, with attention to the ways in which social contexts, such as family, race, ethnicity, and social class, affect individual well-being and development. Students in the CAF concentration also conduct research and take part in clinical practica that focus on children, adolescents, and families. Nine clinical faculty conduct research, teach, and/or provide clinical supervision in the CAF program: David Arnold, Harold Grotevant, Lisa Harvey, Maureen Perry-Jenkins, Christopher Overtree, Sally Powers, David Scherer, Aline Sayer, and Rebecca Stowe. Additional faculty from the clinical, developmental, and neuropsychology areas of the psychology department contribute substantively to the CAF program through offering related courses and supervising and collaborating in research activities. Core classroom courses in the CAF concentration include human development, developmental psychopathology, advanced assessment, child and adolescent treatment, and family theory and research.  Clinical practica in child, adolescent, and family therapy are conducted within the psychology department's Psychological Services Center and at community hospitals, mental health centers, and schools.  The CAF faculty maintain a strong relationship with the Center For Research On Families and the Rudd Family Foundation Endowed Chair for adoption studies.


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