What is Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology?
Clinical child and adolescent psychology, including pediatric psychology, is a specialty in professional psychology. Specialists conceptualize strengths and challenges of children and adolescents within a developmental and ecological context. This includes consideration of child development; individual risk and protective factors; diversity factors (broadly defined); intersecting aspects of identity; family, school, community context; and the broader social, cultural, and national context. Specialists promote the health and psychological well-being of youth and their families, engaging in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents, including psychological and behavioral aspects of physical health. Specialists use an evidence-based approach to assessment, intervention, consultation, research/evaluation, supervision, teaching, management/administration, and advocacy.