Degree Requirements

Clinical Child Psychology Curriculum

The following curriculum meets criteria for APA accreditation and KU general requirements.

Psychology Core

  1. Biological Aspects: PSYC 961 Biological Foundations of Psychopathology
  2. Cognitive/Affective Aspects: PSYC 870 Cognitive Development
  3. Social Aspects: ABSC 825/PSYC 825 Social Development
  4. History of Psychology: PSYC 805 History of Psychology or
    ABSC 921 The History and Systems of Psychology or
    PRE 882 History and Systems of Psychology
  5. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity: ABSC 888/PSYC 888 Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology or
    PRE 875 Cross-Cultural Counseling

Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Skills

Psychopathology, Psychodiagnosis, and Psychological Assessment


Intervention and Therapy Procedures


  • ABSC 976/PSYC 976 Therapeutic Interventions with Children and
  • PSYC 967 Psychotherapy with Families or
    PRE 956 Theory of Marriage and Family Counseling or
    PSYC 946 Theories and Methods of Psychotherapy or
    PSYC 949 Empirically Supported Treatment or
    PSYC 936 Group Therapeutic Techniques

Clinical Practica

Required (17 credit hours, 275 contact hours):

Ethics/Professional Standards


  • PSYC 975 Professional and Ethical Problems in Clinical Psychology or
    PRE 880 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology
  • ABSC 809/PSYC 809 Professional Issues: Clinical Child Psychology (one semester)
  • Clinical adult psychology workshop (offered every other year)
  • Students are expected to function within the code of professional ethics of the American Psychological Association in their behavior and personal demeanor. Adherence to these ethical principles is part of the regular evaluation of students for completion of the degree in clinical child psychology.

Consultation and Supervision

Research and Statistics Core Courses


  • PSYC 815 Design and Analysis for Developmental Research or
    PSYC 968 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 790 Statistical Methods in Psychology I or
    PRE 811 Analysis of Variance
  • PSYC 791 Statistical Methods in Psychology II or
    PRE 810 Regression Analysis
  • Alternatives to PSYC 791/PRE 810 include
    ABSC 735 Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation and
       ABSC 796 Laboratory in Behavioral Development and Modification: The Analysis of Behavior I or
    ABSC 940 Measurement and Experimental Design for Applied Research

Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship

Responsible Scholarship Requirement

Responsible Scholarship in the CCPP involves pertinent areas of protection of human subjects, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, authorship, publication, plagiarism, copyright, data management, professional practices, mentor/student responsibilities, maintenance of confidentiality, approach research conduct and research misconduct, HIPAA, and ethics of publishing clinical case material, among other related topics. This requirement must be met before taking the Comprehensive Oral Examination.

Students in the CCPP fulfill the Responsible Scholarship Requirement through

  • Courses in the curriculum:
    PSYC/ABSC 809 Professional Issues in Clinical Child Psychology AND
    1 of 2 courses: PSYC 975 Professional and Ethical Problems in Clinical Psychology or PRE 880 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology AND
    PSYC 815 Design and Analysis in Developmental Research
  • Completion of the online tutorial in Responsible Scholarship from RGS
  • Online tutorial for IRB (HSC-L) and HIPAA data

Research Skills Training Requirement in CCPP

The additional Research Skill requirement is fulfilled by 1 additional course above the 2 required courses in statistical or data analysis (quantitative, applied behavior analysis, qualitative). No course is specified, but must be approved by the student’s research advisor and the program director.

Master’s Degree and Thesis

The master’s degree requires a thesis consisting of empirical research and a minimum of 30 hours of course work (24 of which must be nonthesis credit hours). A minimum of 6 credit hours in ABSC 897/PSYC 897 Master’s Thesis in Clinical Child Psychology is required.

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination: The Task

The program uses the Task system for its preliminary examination in research methodology, teaching, or applied/clinical area. Details are available in the Clinical Child Psychology Program Training Manual, available on the program's website.

Ph.D. Oral Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all course requirements for the Ph.D. and of the Task, except for dissertation and internship, the student must pass the oral comprehensive examination. Details are available in the Clinical Child Psychology Program Training Manual, available on the program's website.

Doctoral Dissertation

The Ph.D. dissertation must be based on an original, empirical investigation. A minimum of 12 hours in dissertation in clinical child psychology is required.

Predoctoral Internship

An 11-month clinical internship at a setting accredited by the American Psychological Association is required. Students enroll in ABSC 963/PSYC 963 for a total of 3 credit hours.


See the course listings for the Departments of Applied Behavioral Science and Psychology.

Contact Info

Clinical Child Psychology Program

Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2015
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561
Ric G. Steele, Director
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