Child and Family Concentration

The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a specialization in child, adolescent, and family clinical psychology (CAF).  Like the Clinical Psychology Program as a whole, the CAF specialization 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 specialization provides training in clinical research, assessment, 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 specialization also conduct research and take part in clinical practica that focus on children, adolescents, and families.  Several clinical faculty conduct research, teach and/or provide clinical supervision in the CAF program: Dr. Adam Grabell, Harold Grotevant, Lisa Harvey, Maureen Perry-Jenkins, and Rebecca Stowe.  Additional faculty from the clinical, developmental, and neuropsychology areas of the psychology department contribute substantively to the CAF specialization through offering related courses and supervising and collaborating in research activities.

Clinical practica in child, adolescent, and family therapy are conducted within the 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 UMass Psychology - Rudd Chair Home for adoption studies.