The CDPP is one of the only clinical psychology programs with an explicitly developmental focus. Students have the opportunity to learn about and research development and functioning across the lifespan. The resources of the entire psychology department are available to students in the CDPP including faculty with interests in aging and cognitive functioning, in group conflict and terrorism, and biological mechanisms of anxiety and emotion.
The CDPP consists of 16 courses that include a core sequence in clinical and developmental areas, research and statistical training, and a proseminar series covering the breadth of psychology.
CDPP students engage in research in a variety of settings; serve as teaching assistants in numerous undergraduate and graduate courses; receive practitioner training in school and clinic settings; develop skills in individual and family therapy; and become proficient in psychological assessment and school consultation. CDPP students with a strong interest in young children can serve as teaching assistants in the department’s early childhood education programs, concentrate their research efforts working with preschoolers, and receive clinical training in the assessment and treatment of children under 6.
Since 1985, the CDPP program has been approved as meeting the guidelines for doctoral degrees in psychology by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. This designation is used bymany State Licensing Boards to screen applications for licensing as psychologists. All graduates of the CDPP program seeking licensure have become licensed psychologists after completing the standard, required amount of postdoctoral clinical training hours.
Because of its relatively small size and its integrated focus on clinical and developmental perspectives, the CDPP is not accredited by the American Psychological Association. However, the program is structured to meet APA recommendations regarding clinical psychology programs and pre-internship clinical training requirements.
"The route through childhood is shaped by many forces, and it differs for each of us. Our biological inheritance, the temperament with which we are born, the care we receive, our family relationships, the place where we grow up, the schools we attend, the culture in which we participate, and the historical period in which we live — all these affect the paths we take through childhood and condition the remainder of our lives."