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May 3, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU's clinical child psychology program wins national award for training


LAWRENCE -- The clinical child psychology program at the University of Kansas has won a national award as the best doctoral training program for students studying clinical child and adolescent psychology for the 2004-05 academic year. The award was given by the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology in Washington, D.C.

" We are gratified by the recognition that, in the short period of our program's existence, we have been viewed by our peers as providing quality training in research and clinical applications for our students," said Michael C. Roberts, director of KU's program and professor of applied behavioral science and psychology.

KU's program started in 1992, Roberts said. The program was judged superior to dozens of similar ones that have been in existence for more than 50 years. KU submitted materials for review by SCCAP last fall. This is the first year SCCAP has given the award.

In addition to the SCCAP award, the 2006 edition of U.S. News' "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranked the program as tied for 19th in the nation among all national public universities for clinical psychology in general.

" We consider the SCCAP award to be very meaningful because our program received this recognition from those who are in the specific area of clinical child and adolescent psychology and know what it takes to conduct high-caliber training in this specialty," Roberts said.

There are 37 students currently in the program, Roberts said.

" This award affirms all the activities, competence and hard work of the faculty, the quality and effort of the students and graduates who reflect well on us, and the investment of KU in helping develop this training program," Roberts said.

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