“I identify as a pediatric psychologist and work in a medical setting. Is board certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology right for me?”
The American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (ABCCAP) is highly representative of professionals who identify as Pediatric Psychologists, and who are active in the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54).
Exam committees are formed to assess the work that candidates perform in their usual settings, including work done as Pediatric Psychologists. This approach has resulted in approximately half of those certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology having a primary identity as a pediatric/child health psychologist.
Increasingly, board certification is being expected at institutions for initial appointment and for promotion and/or tenure. Like for our medical colleagues, board certification recognizes minimal competence in an area. Recent specialists in pediatric psychology are engaged in clinical work and research at a variety of children’s hospitals including Seattle Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.