Child Division

Director: Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D.,
Associate Director, Clinical: Kristin Lindahl, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Developmental: Daniel Messinger, Ph.D.
Faculty: Michael Alessandri, Ph.D., Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D., Christine Delgado, Ph.D., Brian Doss, Ph.D., Jennifer Durocher, Ph.D.,Jill Ehrenreich, Ph.D., Daryl B. Greenfield, Ph.D.Anibal Gutierrez, Ph.D., Melissa Hale, Ph.D.Lynne Katz, Ed.D., Annette La Greca, Ph.D.Lynn Perry, Ph.D., Elizabeth A. Simpson, Ph.D., Rebecca Shearer, Ph.D.

Child Division faculty, postdocs, and graduate students investigate children's problems and development through research and clinical training. Students typically receive financial support and full tuition remission during their doctoral training. The division offers three distinct programs of study.

The Child Clinical program has two tracks: 1) Child/Family Clinical and 2) Child Health/Pediatric Clinical. These specialty tracks examine the effects of psychological problems (e.g., anxiety, depression, autism), chronic medical conditions (e.g., asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes), and natural disasters on child and family functioning, with an emphasis on the development of effective, evidence-based treatments to address these issues (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety, behavioral interventions to improve adherence to medical regimens). Both clinical tracks of the child division are built on a scientist-practitioner model, with a greater emphasis on the clinical science component. Dissemination of effective interventions into the community or health care settings cuts across both of these tracks.

Members of the developmental program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of children’s cognitive, language, social, and emotional development in typically-developing, atypically-developing, and at-risk populations. Our developmental studies often include bilingual children and children from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

This program focuses on research training in child development with a focus on mechanisms and predictors of change, as well as the investigation of contextual factors that put children at risk or support resilience.
Child/Family Clinical
This track of the clinical program focuses on research with children and adolescents (and their families) at risk for emotional and behavioral problems, and on child and adolescent psychopathology.
Child Health/Pediatric Clinical
This track of the clinical program focuses on research with children and adolescents (and their families) with acute or chronic medical conditions, or the prevention of medical conditions in children and youth.

Child Division Facilities