The child division's faculty, postdocs, and graduate students investigate children's real-world problems and development through research and clinical training. Both clinical tracks of the child division are built on a scientist-practitioner model, with a greater emphasis on the clinical science component. Students typically receive financial support and full tuition remission through the Ph.D. The division offers three distinct programs all of which incorporate a focus on community and social issues:
- This program focuses on research training in child development in community and family contexts with a focus on factors that put children at risk.
- 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.
- Pediatric Health Clinical Psychology
- This track of the clinical program focuses on research with children and adolescents (and their families) with acute or chronic medical problems, or the prevention of medical conditions in children and youth.