Make a Difference in the Lives of Children and Adolescents

The new Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment program at the University of Washington will give you the specialized skills needed to provide mental health services to children and teens in a variety of settings.

At the UW, you’ll study at one of the top psychology departments in the United States. The faculty includes nationally recognized experts in child psychology affiliated with the Department of Psychology, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being.

Students and instructors talk about the transformational impact that the program has on the lives and careers of graduates.

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Specialize in Child Psychology

Our curriculum gives you a broad foundation in child psychology, with a focus on evidence-based prevention and treatment of mental health disorders in children and teens. Learn how to diagnose psychosocial disorders and identify and deliver interventions that work.

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Gain Valuable Clinical Experience

With the practicum, you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you're learning in the classroom to a real-world therapeutic setting. Each quarter, you'll participate in a supervised clinical experience at a mental health or community site where children and adolescents are being served. 

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Earn Your Master’s in as Little as One Year

Attend full time and earn your degree in five quarters (summer through the following summer), or study part time and finish in just over two years. With our convenient format, you can take most classes in the late afternoon, evening or on weekends, so you can work your studies around other commitments.

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"We’re pleased to offer a master’s program that addresses the vast need for child psychology specialists trained in delivering effective, evidence-based treatments.”


Director, Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment