Clinical Psychology

Developmental Psychopathology Emphasis in Clinical Psychology

The University of Rochester has extensive training resources in developmental psychopathology. These include opportunities to do research alongside faculty investigating family issues, child maltreatment, and interparental violence (Patrick Davies, Thomas O'Connor, Fred Rogosch, Melissa Sturge-Apple, and Sheree Toth), antisocial and risky behaviors (Mandi Burnette), and specific disorders such as Autism (Loisa Bennetto, Rafael Klorman),  Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Rafael Klorman), Personality Disorders (Mandi Burnette), and Depression (Sheree Toth). The Mt. Hope Family Center is a central clinical training and research resource in developmental psychopathology that is closely integrated in the Clinical Psychology program. The Center is directed by a Clinical faculty member (Sheree Toth) and includes participation by several faculty members.

Drawing on these intellectual assets, the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Rochester offers an emphasis in Developmental Psychopathology that provides interested students with the opportunity to acquire specialized research and clinical training in this area. The goal of this specialization is to produce clinical psychologists with a unique background in developmental psychopathology.

Graduate students in Clinical Psychology who wish to participate in the emphasis are required to complete: (a) a comprehensive supervised one-year traineeship at an approved agency (e.g., Mt. Hope Family Center, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics), and (b) three additional courses to those required for completion of the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, including: one approved course in Developmental Psychology (CSP 569 Developmental Theory Research or CSP 562 Developmental Methods), CSP 586 Evidence-Based Child Psychopathology, and CSP 582 Practicum in Developmental Psychopathology or the equivalent.

Participating and Affiliated Faculty

Notes: This specialization is open to all students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and no special application is required . This emphasis is separate from the Developmental Psychopathology emphasis offered by the Developmental Psychology Program.