Society of pediatric psychology task force report: Recommendations for the training of pediatric psychologists

Anthony Spirito, Ronald T. Brown, Eugene D'Angelo, Alan Delamater, James Rodrigue, Lawrence Siegel

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Objective: To provide an overview of the types of training experiences considered most important to the development of competency in pediatric psychology. Methods: This is the work of a task force commissioned by the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association. Results: Twelve topic areas, adapted from Roberts et al. (1998), deemed important for obtaining knowledge and expertise in pediatric psychology, were identified. These topics include life span developmental psychology; life span developmental psychopathology; child, adolescent, and family assessment; intervention strategies; research methods and systems evaluation; professional, ethical, and legal issues pertaining to children, adolescents, and families; issues of diversity; the role of multiple disciplines in service-delivering systems; prevention, family support, and health promotion; social issues affecting children, adolescents, and families; consultant and liaison roles; and disease process and medical management. Each area is briefly described and recommendations for obtaining training in these areas are offered. Conclusions: The Society of Pediatric Psychology offers this document as a comprehensive review of the ideal types of training experiences most important to developing competencies in pediatric psychology. These recommendations can be used by graduate students and graduate programs in shaping a training plan for students interested in pediatric psychology training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Pediatric psychologist training
  • Psychologist training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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