PhD Clinical Psychology: Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Emphasis


The Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Specialty Focus was introduced in 2018. Students acquire knowledge and experience through additional coursework, clinical practica placements, and research. Students who participate in the PBHC complete the core courses required of all clinical students. In addition, they complete a series of six advanced courses that focus on pediatric behavioral health care.  All clinical students may take courses in the emphasis area and acquire related experiences. However, students can only report that they have received PBHC experience and training if they complete the following requirements:

  1. In addition to the basic program course requirements, students in this emphasis must take six elective courses (see below for list of courses)
  2. Students in the PBHC emphasis areas are required to complete at least one year of field practicum placement where they provide treatment and/or conduct assessments on children, adolescents, and/or and families.
  3. Students must complete a dissertation related to child, adolescent, siblings, or family issues.
  4. Students are required to complete an internship where at least 33% of one's time is spent working with child, adolescent, or family patients. The PBHC is directed by Robert D. Friedberg, Ph.D, ABPP. For more information regarding the program please contact Dr. Friedberg.

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The PBHC is founded upon recent bench science, translational community studies, advances in clinical intervention, policy/funding initiatives, and workforce trends in pediatric behavioral health care. In an effort to balance the demand for skilled clinicians to enter the workforce equipped to meet the high volume, high intensity workloads with the short supply of genuinely well-trained doctoral level students, the faculty in PBHC area crafted the following curriculum. Accordingly, students enrolled in this sub-focus area MUST:

  1. Successfully complete all FIVE (5) required courses
  2. Successfully complete at least ONE (1) elective WITHIN THE EMPHASIS AREA
  3. Successfully complete a dissertation in pediatric behavioral health care
  4. Successfully complete at least 1 clinical experience in a health care setting and 1 child/adolescent setting

Required courses

  • CLIN848:Developmental Psychopathology I
  • CLIN849: Developmental Psychopathology II
  • CLIN851: Health Psychology I
  • CLIN888: Clinical Practice of Pediatric Psychology
  • CLIN835: Supervision, Administration and Management in Behavioral Health


  • CLIN852: Health Psychology II
  • CLIN810: Transdiagnostic Approach to Child and Family Psychotherapy
  • CLIN 867: Substance Use Disorder and Treatment in Adolescents.


Important Useful Links

American Psychological Association Division 53 (clinical child psychology) 

American Pscyhological Association Division 54 (pediatric psychology) 

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy

Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Pediatrics


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