Clinical Program Area - Child Studies

Child Studies
Students who have an interest in working with children have the opportunity to do research with several clinical faculty. The Child and Family Program under the direction of Allen C. Israel allows students to become involved in research on the development of competencies and psychopathology in children and their families. The impact of major life events on children and families is also a focus of research efforts. Leslie Halpern (Director of Clinical Training) is currently studying the behavioral outcomes of very-low-birth-weight premature infants. She also studies emotion regulation in young children. Hazel Prelow conducts research on risk and resiliency in low-income and minority adolescents. She also studies ethnic identity, minority health, and cross-cultural measurement equivalence. Elana Gordis examines the effects of family conflict and violence and child maltreatment on children’s adjustment. She is particularly interested in whether the stress of conflict/maltreatment alters children’s responses to subsequent interpersonal stress, either through sensitization, or alternatively through blunting of stress response systems over time. Kristin Christodulu conducts research in the area of child behavior disorders, autism, and school violence preventions, and directs the Center for Autism and Developmental Developmental Disabilities, Albany, NY.

Links and Documents
American Psychological Association
Clinical Student Handbook