The field of Clinical Child Psychology is devoted to understanding basic processes of change, in particular, how biological and experiential factors cause children’s social, emotional, and cognitive functioning to change as they grow older. The field grew out of an interest in understanding how childhood experiences can shape subsequent development. The area of child and adolescent psychology is rapidly growing. The demand for child clinical, developmental, and pediatric (child-health) psychologists to fill clinical, teaching, and research positions is growing. This is an opportune time to gain expertise in this field.
Faculty in the Clinical Child and Developmental areas work together to train students who are in either the Clinical Child or Developmental programs. Graduate students can obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Child Psychology or Experimental Psychology (developmental students). Regardless of training area, the research focus is interdisciplinary and students are expected to gain a thorough understanding in both normative and atypical development.
Faculty research in the child and adolescent psychology area at Kent State has four central foci:
Research Training. Research training is designed to develop the student into a highly skilled clinical child scientist.
Dr. Jeffrey Ciesla - The processes and course of depressive disorders.
Dr. Christopher A. Flessner - Risk factors relevant to the development, maintenance, and treatment of child anxiety and related disorders.
Dr. Josefina Grau - Parent-child relationships and children's social and emotional development, with an emphasis on cultural and contextual factors.
Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett - Racial identity, peer relationships, and mental health in African-American adolescents.
Dr. Amy Sato - Pediatric obesity and weight management, including the influences of family and stress; pediatric psychology.
Dr. Beth Wildman - Primary Care pediatrician and management of child behavioral concerns; adherence to treatment regimen in chronic diseases.
Dr. Kathryn Kerns - Children's attachments to parents and their implications of for peer relationships and emotional development.
Dr. William Merriman - Language acquisition and metacognition in young children.
Dr. Manfred van Dulmen - Adolescent and young adult romantic relationships, aggression, suicide, developmental methodology.
Interested in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at Kent State University?
If you are considering applying to our graduate program in child clinical psychology and would like to learn more about these programs, feel free to contact Dr. Beth Wildman.
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