Training in pediatric psychology: Survey results and recommendations

Annette M. La Greca, Wendy L. Stone, Dennis Drotar, James E. Maddux

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Little specific information is available on the types of experiences that are important for training in pediatric psychology. To address this need, the membership of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) was surveyed regarding their views on the structure and content of training. A total of 160 completed forms were received, representing a return rate of approximately 32%. Survey results suggested that training in pediatric psychology should (a) encompass course work and applied experiences in developmental and clinical child psychology; (b) move from broad-based activities occurring early in graduate training, to more specialized experiences later on (internship and postdoc); (c) consider viewing postdoctoral training as a necessary step in the preparation of pediatric psychologists. Distinctions between pediatric psychology and clinical-child and health psychology are discussed with respect to training needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-140
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1988


  • Professional issues
  • Survey
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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