What is a child and adolescent psychologist?

A Child and Adolescent psychologist is a clinical psychologist that has received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in youth. Child psychologists work with children and their caregivers and assess and treat developmental issues. Children have different needs than adults, therefore, all of their therapeutic techniques are tailored to this population. 

How are child and adolescent psychologists trained?

Becoming a child and adolescent psychologist involves going through a similar education and training process as becoming a licensed clinical psychologist but tailor what they learn to younger populations during their doctoral years or during a fellowship. When training to become a child psychologist, one can either obtain a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Child Psychology or obtain a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology and then complete a post-doctoral fellowship in child psychology.

What’s the difference between a child psychologist and a child psychiatrist?

Both psychologists and psychiatrists are trained in providing therapy. For many, the easiest distinction is that psychiatrists may prescribe medication.