The Child track emphasizes training
in developmental psychopathology, in the development of efficacious
treatments for low income African American and Latino families, and the
delivery of services for youth living in urban settings, including
schools and community mental health centers.
- Dr. Jocelyn Carter's research focuses on
relations among stressors, chronic illnesses, such as asthma, and
depressive symptoms affecting low-income urban youth of color.
- Dr. Kathryn Grant's research focuses on the
effects of stressful life experiences on the mental health of
adolescents and the development of interventions for low-income urban
- Dr. Cecilia Martinez-Torteya is interested on the effects of early childhood trauma and the biopsychosocial factors that predict post-traumatic adaptation among infants and preschoolers from low income or minority (Latino) backgrounds.
- Dr. Antonio Polo's research focuses on the
manifestation of internalizing problems in Latino youth and the
development and tailoring of evidence-based interventions to address the
needs of this population.
Dr. Susan Tran’s research focuses on the relationships between biological and psychosocial determinants of health in children and adolescents. Current projects focus on physical, academic, social, and emotional functioning in youth with pediatric chronic pain.
Dr. Joanna Buscemi's research focuses on developing sustainable, community-based obesity prevention interventions for children at highest risk for obesity including children of low income families and children of ethnic and racial minority groups.
Program objectives are for students
to acquire understanding and competence in psychological theory,
research, and practice, with particular attention to developmental
psychopathology, evidence-based treatments, dissemination, and program
evaluation with children, adolescents, and families of diverse
backgrounds. Our program's diversity focus is intended to promote
students' understanding about the societal and systemic/ecological
forces that have contributed to current manifestations of inequality for
many diverse groups such as for poor, urban, and ethnically diverse
populations and on how these conditions influence mental health,
family/community processes, and access to mental health services.
The Clinical Program has four broad program goals:
- To educate students broadly and generally about psychology and instill a commitment to life-long learning
- To prepare graduates with knowledge and skills to engage in and shape research and scholarship
- To prepare graduates for diverse leadership
career paths in the practice of clinical psychology and more in-depth
preparation in child and/or community applications and policy
- To prepare graduates to work in the public
sector, in an urban environment, with diverse ethnic and socio-economic
populations, and with those who have been traditionally underserved by