Child/Adolescent Concentration Faculty
Child/Adolescent Concentration Faculty

Child/Adolescent Concentration

Facts/Data

  • 6 tenure-track or tenured clinical-child/adolescent concentration faculty.
  • 8 on-going external research grants where clinical-child/adolescent faculty are PI totaling over 10 million in total costs.
  • 46 peer-reviewed publications authored by child/adolescent faculty between January 2015 and August 2016.
  • 18 peer-reviewed publications with core clinical faculty 1st or 2nd authored by child/adolescent students between January 2015 and August 2016.
  • 100% of child/adolescent students have matched with APA accredited internship sites over the past 3 years.
Research Overview

The clinical-child/adolescent concentration faculty are highly involved in research and currently have eight external grants from agencies including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), totaling over 10 million in total costs. Most graduate students in the child/adolescent concentration are funded by research assistantships on one of these projects. Regardless of funding source, all students in the child/adolescent concentration have opportunities to be intensively involved in research from the start of their graduate training. The child/adolescent concentration faculty members’ research interests focus on evaluating, disseminating, and improving upon evidence-based interventions in community-settings such as schools and community-based pediatric and mental health clinics. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to improve access to evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for children and adolescents, including those representing underserved populations (e.g., racial/ethnic minority, low income youth). On-going projects are focused on violence prevention including peer victimization and dating violence, family-based programs to prevent youth substance use and sexual risk behavior, improving the academic and behavioral performance of students with disruptive behavior disorders, partnering with medical professionals to address disparities in the assessment and treatment of children with behavior problems, and improving measurement of fidelity and integrity to ensure delivery of high quality community- and school-based interventions. These projects have generated many rich datasets that provide numerous opportunities for publication. Child/adolescent concentration students were 1st or 2nd author on 18 peer-reviewed publications between January 2015 and August 2016. Many of the child/adolescent-concentration faculty have national and international research reputations, regularly review grants for NIH and IES, serve as Associate Editors for some of the top journals (e.g., Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology), and provide consultation to federal agencies.

Clinical Training Overview

The clinical-child/adolescent training at VCU is systematic, providing students first with general exposure to child and family therapy, followed by rotations in ADHD and Anxiety Specialty Clinics, and culminating with specialist clinical training through community-based externships. Core clinical faculty supervise the specialty clinics, and as such, students quickly learn how research is used to inform clinical practice with state-of-the-art interventions and assessment techniques being taught and refined through the clinics. Students are provided with a diverse range of assessment and treatment experiences, including but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral treatment for Anxiety Disorders, comprehensive assessment of ADHD and comorbid conditions such as Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, and Depression, behavioral parent training, and behavioral interventions to improve school functioning. Students bilingual in Spanish also have the opportunity to obtain training in the VCU Latino Mental Health Clinic and be supervised by a bilingual, licensed clinical psychologist. Students then have numerous options to gain additional specialized training in the community, such as conducting neuropsychological assessment, treating more severe clinical-child/adolescent issues such as Conduct Disorder, and working on pediatric, hospital-based rotations focused on treating and improving quality of life for children with chronic health conditions.