Purpose of the Emphasis in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (CAP)

  • Formalize recognition of the experience that child and adolescent-focused students receive in our program to increase competitiveness for child and adolescent-focused internships, postdoctoral fellowships, and professional positions.
  • Attract more child and adolescent-focused applicants by highlighting the child and adolescent-related training of our program.
  • Provide guidance to faculty and students in developing the training programs of child and adolescent-focused students.


Requirements to Earn the Emphasis in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology:

A. Research Expertise in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (both A1 and A2 are required):

  1. Demonstration of research expertise in child/adolescent populations as evidenced by at least one 1st authored peer-reviewed article accepted for publication/published (can be empirical or theoretical, including a review), completed at the JDP, focused on children, adolescents, or families with children/adolescents (aged 0-18):
  2. A least two of the following, completed at the JDP, focused on children, adolescents, or families with children/adolescents (aged 0-18):
  • 2nd year project completed
  • Behavioral Medicine or Experimental Psychopathology Comprehensive Examination successfully passed
  • Dissertation successfully proposed
  • 1st authored peer-reviewed article accepted for publication/published (can be empirical or theoretical, including a review), separate from the publication used to fulfill requirement A1
  • 1st authored book chapter accepted for publication/published
  • Independent funding of any amount for research projects or training focused on children/adolescents or families with children/adolescents (e.g., NRSA/NSF type fellowship; travel awards will not be eligible).
  • Master of Public Health thesis completed at SDSU

Note: Students can fulfill the research requirement A2 with multiple works of the same type (e.g., 2 first-authored journal articles, in addition to the journal article used to fulfill A1). In addition, program requirements that overlap with publications can also be counted separately (e.g., a second year project that then becomes a first-authored publication=2 items; a staple dissertation successfully proposed with 2 first-authored journal articles=3 items).


B. Clinical Expertise in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (both B1 and B2 are required)

  1. Successful completion of a two year-long Clinical Practica focused upon children, adolescents, and/or families with children/adolescents completed at the JDP.

These practica will be identified by the Coordinator of Practicum Training, the JDP Co-Directors, and the Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (CAP) Emphasis Committee. (A list of current child and adolescent-focused practica available for 2018-2019 [unapproved by the CAP Emphasis Committee as of yet] is appended below for reference.)

Alternatively, one of the year-long, clinical practica can be replaced by a total of 500 hours of clinically-relevant work (e.g., assessments, interventions, formal training in interventions/assessments, supervision, paperwork associated with intervention/assessments) across practica/research sites. Fulfillment of this alternative will require submission of documentation by the student, verification of experience by the research mentor/practicum supervisor, and approval by the CAP Emphasis committee*.

  1. The completion of two child/adolescent-focused integrated reports

At least two child/adolescent-focused integrated reports must be completed, and it is suggested that students complete more than two. Students can determine with their guidance committees how many child/adolescent-focused integrated reports they will need to be competitive for the internships they will want and plan accordingly.


C. Specialized Coursework (1 course)

The student must earn a grade of B or higher in at least 1 doctoral-level child/adolescent/family-focused course in an area relevant to the student’s training.

Course options:

  1. Psychology 833: Developmental Psychopathology

Course Description: The primary objective of this course is to increase student understanding of the current theory and research on the nature of the development of psychopathology and psychological disorders across the life span.

Note: This course is currently required for Experimental Psychopathology students as part of the proseminar in Experimental Psychopathology.  It is offered every year pending a minimum number of students.


  1. Clinical Psychology 209: Child Development and Neuropsychology

Course Description: This seminar will cover topics relevant to graduate students in clinical psychology who are interested in working with children and families, both as a scientist and a practitioner. Each lecture will be derived from the scientific literature and evidence-based practices using a developmental perspective. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from the faculty through the sharing of our “practical” and clinical experiences. Students will be introduced to relevant background literature, a variety of assessment and intervention approaches, and recent research findings. The role of the pediatric clinical psychologist as part of an interdisciplinary research or clinical team will be a theme throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Completion of the two-year core curriculum in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

Note: This class is currently offered every 2 years.


  1. A doctoral-level course approved via petition by the Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Emphasis Committee*.

*The Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (CAP) Emphasis Committee will be composed of 3 JDP faculty members and 3 JDP students (ideally one from each track, nominated by the Track Leaders) with expertise in child/adolescent/family-focused populations. 


Child and Adolescent-Related Practicum sites


 UC San Diego & SDSU

Rady Children’s Hospital

Approved by Steering May 31, 2019

Updated 10/29/2019