University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The Clinical/Developmental Training Program

What is the Clinical/Developmental Training Program?

The primary goal of the Clinical/Developmental training program is to provide graduate students in Psychology with training in the area of developmental psychopathology. Developmental psychopathology is concerned with the origins and progression of patterns of adaptive and maladaptive behavior across the lifespan. Training in this area is based on the following principles:

  1. Maladaptive functioning or disorder results from a failure to successfully negotiate developmentally-appropriate tasks.
  2. The behavioral difficulties resulting from a particular stressor may differ depending on when the stressor happens.
  3. Knowledge of normal developmental processes is essential for understanding the emergence of a disorder, associated impairments, and accumulating comorbidities over time.
  4. Understanding adaptation over the life course requires the integration of several scientific traditions, including developmental psychology and clinical psychology.

Integrating research and theory from both child clinical psychology and developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology requires a knowledge base in both areas and provides a framework for studying typical and atypical developmental processes.

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What are the program requirements?

Students completing the Clinical/Developmental Psychology program will meet the requirements for both the Clinical program and the Developmental subprogram (see Table for a complete list of program requirements). These additional requirements will generally result in an additional semester of coursework. Only the program in clinical psychology has been reviewed and approved by the APA.

For both the 2nd year project (equivalent to a Master’s thesis) and dissertation, Clinical/Developmental program students must complete a project that is grounded in a developmental psychopathology perspective in theory, design, and/or analyses. Committees for these defenses must include at least one faculty with a primary appointment in the Clinical Psychology program and one faculty with a primary appointment in the Developmental Psychology program.

How do I apply for the Clinical/Developmental Training Program?

Faculty who have elected to be involved in the Clinical/Developmental Training Program are listed below as Affiliated Faculty. If you are interested in applying to work with these faculty, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to apply for the Clinical/Developmental program on your application materials. Many graduate students who work with affiliated faculty members complete either the Clinical or the Developmental program; it is not necessary for students working with affiliated faculty to complete the Clinical/Developmental program. Incoming students who plan to complete the Clinical/Developmental program must be approved by the faculty of both programs (Clinical and Developmental).

What if I am interested in enrolling in the Clinical or Developmental Program but would like additional training in the area of Developmental Psychopathology?

Interested students in either the Clinical or the Developmental program who would like an introduction to training in the area of developmental psychopathology are welcome to complete a Developmental Psychopathology Specialization. The Developmental Psychopathology Specialization involves the completion of a core set of courses in the area of developmental psychopathology. The Developmental Psychopathology Specialization is intended for students who would like to gain exposure to a developmental psychopathology perspective through coursework but do not wish to meet the additional requirements of the Clinical/Developmental Training Program.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Jamie Abaied
  • Thomas Achenbach
  • Robert Althoff (Althoff/Hudziak/Rettew Laboratory)
  • Keith Burt
  • Rex Forehand
  • Betsy Hoza
  • James Hudziak (Altoff/Hudziak/Rettew Laboratory)
  • Masha Ivanova
  • Dianna Murray-Close
  • David Rettew (Altoff/Hudziak/Rettew Laboratory)
  • Alice Schermerhorn
  • Timothy Stickle
  • Table. Requirements for the Clinical/Developmental Training Program

    Department Course Number Course Title Credits
    PSYS 304 Advanced Statistical Methods I 3
    PSYS 305 Advanced Statistical Methods II 3
    PSYS 3XX Two additional developmental seminars 6
    PSYS 300 History of Psychology 3
    PSYS 303 Seminar in Psychological Research Methods 3
    PSYS 306 OR 307 Analysis of Longitudinal Data OR Structural Equation Modeling 3
    PSYS 315 Biobehavioral Proseminar 3
    PSYS 330 Social Proseminar 3
    PSYS 350 Developmental Proseminar 3
    PSYS 370 Child Psychopathology 3
    PSYS 371 Adult Psychopathology 3
    PSYS 372 Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment 3
    PSYS 373 Adult Psychological Assessment 3
    PSYS 374 Child and Adolescent Behavior Therapy 3
    PSYS 375 Adult Behavior Therapy 3
    PSYS 376 Cross-Cultural Clinical, Intervention and Research 3
    PSYS 380 Professional Affairs & Ethics 3
    PSYS 385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 4-6
    PSYS 389 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
    PSYS 393 Developmental Cluster* 0
    PSYS 491 Ph.D. thesis credits 20
    GRAD 499 Dissertation Defense 0
        Developmental Preliminary Exam Completion 0

    *Clinical/Developmental students are encouraged to attend Developmental Cluster meetings throughout their time in the program, but are not required to register for cluster credits.

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