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Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

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Formation  1962.
Membership  over 5,000
Founder  Alan O. Ross
President-Elect  Steve Lee, UCLA
President  Mitch Prinstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Past-President  Eric Youngstrom, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) is an academic and professional society that was established to encourage the development and advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology through integration of its scientific and professional aspects. The division promotes scientific inquiry, training, professional practice, and public policy in clinical child and adolescent psychology as a means of improving the welfare and mental health of children, youth, and families.


In the service of these goals, the Society promotes the general objectives of the American Psychological Association, and is listed as Division 53.


The mission of the SCCAP is to serve children, adolescents and families with the best possible clinical care based on psychological science. SCCAP strives to integrate scientific and professional aspects of clinical child and adolescent psychology, in that it promotes scientific inquiry, training, and clinical practice related to serving children and their families.


The society first appeared in the American Psychological Association as a section under the division of clinical psychology (Division 12) in 1962. As research in child development and behavior analysis progressed, the need for specialized training for clinical psychology students became more urgent. Conferences were held in the mid-1980s onward to discuss the material needed to treat children. By the next decade, Division 12 considered the possibility of clinical child psychology becoming its own division; and after a vote of the section members, the APA Council created the Division of Clinical Child Psychology (Division 53) in 1999. John Weisz became the first Division President the following year and the division went through a name change the year after that and maintains that title to the present day.


There are several types of membership in the society, depending on career stage.

Fellowship status

Fellow status in the American Psychological Association is formal recognition by professional peers that an individual has achieved great distinction in his or her field. In order to demonstrate outstanding contributions or performance in clinical child and adolescent psychology, the applicant must be able to provide:

  • Documentation of continuous contributions or participation in clinical child and adolescent psychology over a period of a minimum of ten years,
  • Evidence of distinctive contributions to clinical child and adolescent psychology that are recognized by others as excellent, and;
  • Data exhibiting a documented impact beyond the immediate setting in which the candidate/nominee works.
  • These contributions include strong, long term impact of publication on the area of clinical child and adolescent psychology, impact through community service, cited work by others, presentation of papers, conducted workshops, holding office in psychological organizations, influencing legislation, receiving awards or grants or documented innovations in clinical child and adolescent psychology

    News and publications

    The Division currently publishes a couple of journals, newsletters and editorials. They are listed below.

    Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

    The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology publishes original contributions on the following topics:

  • Development and evaluation of assessment and intervention techniques for use with clinical child and adolescent populations,
  • Development and maintenance of clinical child and adolescent problems,
  • Cross-cultural and sociodemographic issues that have a clear bearing on clinical child and adolescent psychology in terms of theory, research, or practice, and
  • Training and professional practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology, as well as child advocacy.
  • The current editor of the journal is Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D.


    The SCCAP newsletter, InBalance, facilitates formal and informal communication among all society members, to share ideas, to provide an update on society activities, and to publish articles relevant to clinical child psychologists. The newsletter is published three times per year.

    Project involvement

    In an effort to promote evidence-based assessment and healthy development in children, the SCCAP and six other APA divisions relating to child and family development are currently involved in creating an organized database of science-based online resources. This resource center would be translated to Spanish and readily accessible to parents, caregivers, educators, and health professionals.


    Presidents who are elected to the SCCAP serve a three-year term as president-elect, as president, and as past president. The purpose of a three-year term is to ensure that the president receives mentorship from the previous president for a year before performing his duties as a president. Finally, the president will serve as a mentor to the next president.

    Presidents of the society include:

  • John Weisz, Ph.D., winner of the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award (served 2000)
  • Philip Kendall, Ph.D. (served 2001)
  • Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D. (served 2002)
  • Thomas Ollendick, Ph.D. (served 2003)
  • Benjamin Lahey, Ph.D.(served 2004)
  • Stephen Shirk, Ph.D. (served 2005)
  • Wendy Silverman, Ph.D., ABPP (served 2006)
  • Elizabeth McCauley, Ph.D. (served 2007)
  • Cheryl King, Ph.D. (served 2008)
  • Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP(served 2009)
  • Anthony Spirito, Ph.D., ABPP(served 2010)
  • Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP(served 2011)
  • Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP(served 2012)
  • Marc Atkins, Ph.D. (served 2013)
  • Joan Asarnow, Ph.D. (served 2014)
  • John Piacentini, Ph.D., ABPP (served 2015)
  • Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D. (president for 2016)
  • Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D. (president for 2017)
  • Steve Lee, Ph.D. (president-elect for 2018)
  • References

    Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Wikipedia