Clinical Child Psychology

The Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School was the first clinical child psychology postdoctoral training program in the nation to be accredited as a specialty program by the American Psychological Association. Our overarching goal is to develop exceptional scientist-practitioners. We believe that advanced, specialized training in child psychology over the two years of the fellowship is extremely important for those who seek academic careers or positions of leadership in clinical and educational settings. We seek applicants with strong research potential who are highly motivated to develop their own program of systematic research under the mentorship of our clinical child psychology faculty.

Our Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program provides advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and their families; professional consultation as a clinical child and adolescent psychologist; and programmatic empirical research. The program has competencies across all three levels. Level 1 competencies include ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, and integration of science and practice. Level 2 competencies focus on research and individual and professional development, and level 3 competencies consist of assessment and intervention. Thus, the program prepares psychology fellows for licensure as a clinical psychologist and board certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

The primary training setting is the Rachel Upjohn Building, home to the U-M Depression Center and Ambulatory Psychiatry Programs. Separate clinical areas for children and adolescents, adults, and substance-abuse patients make up the first floor, with 335 offices and outpatient treatment rooms where psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and primary care clinicians can meet with and treat patients and families. The outpatient clinics are responsible for approximately 1200 new child and family evaluations and 11,000 return visits each year.

Postdoctoral psychology fellows have the opportunity to implement and become highly skilled in a wide range of evidence-based, developmentally and culturally sensitive, psychosocial treatments for children, adolescents, and families. Psychology fellows can choose to participate in a number of specialized clinics such as our Trauma and Grief Clinic, CBT Clinic and the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic, highlighting evidence-based treatment modalities such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma and Grief Component Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention.

The second floor of the Rachel Upjohn Building is devoted entirely to research focused on depression and suicidal behavior, bipolar disorder, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and related mental health issues, with labs, offices and open areas called “collaboratories” where researchers can gather to exchange ideas. Psychology fellows participate in programmatic research with members of our clinical psychology faculty. Opportunities are available to pursue mentored research with several Clinical Child Psychology Faculty in our Department.