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Psychology Matters for Children's Mental Health

This issue of Psychology Matters focuses on children's mental health. With these articles, we begin a discussion of ways that our research, teaching, and clinical work inform understanding of and interventions to improve children's mental health.

We will continue discussions about children's mental health on Tuesday, October 2nd at the Fall Psychological Science and the Public Good Event. Join us from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in Frontier Hall to hear brief lightning talks from faculty and to connect over posters, conversation, and refreshments. Register Here!

Later in October, we have two Continuing Education offerings:

  • October 17th | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Frontier Hall | After intimate violence: Supporting women's access to services and addressing risk | Anne DePrince, PhD | 2 APA CE Credits
  • October 26th | 10:00 am to 12:30 pm | Frontier Hall | Learning Disabilities: Best Practives for Evidence-Based Assessment | Lauren McGrath, PhD and Laura Santerre-Lemmon, PhD | 2.5 APA CE Credits

As always, please visit our events page to learn more about upcoming events and for registration options.

Research Matters

research By Michelle Rozenman, PhD
Assistant Professor


The beginning of the school year is a time of transition for youth and young adults alike: meeting new instructors, adjusting to academic and social expectations and, for adolescents and young adults, managing time and moving towards independence. This transition is full of new and exciting experiences, but it can also be one of significant stress that, for some, might result in excessive worry about academic performance, nervousness about meeting new peers, or avoidance of tasks or people because one feels overwhelmed. While stress is a normal experience and everyone feels stressed at some point in their lives, about 30% of children and adolescents develop significant anxiety and get so worried, nervous, scared or overwhelmed that those feelings interfere with their daily functioning. Read More...

Alumni Matters
annchuBy Ann Chu, PhD 2008
Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco


The Clinical Child Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology prepared me to be a scientist and practitioner well-versed in the language of psychological knowledge and clinical practice with children and families. This foundation has allowed me to navigate with other systems of care that also work with children and families and improve their quality of care. My career preparation began in my first days on campus, as I planned my master's thesis. Through recruiting 7-10 year-old children and their mothers to participate in a study about parenting practices and betrayal trauma, I learned how to talk about research to children so that they were able to provide informed consent (or assent). Read more...

Diversity Matters
By Tiffany Phu
PhD Candidate, Child Clinical Psychology


The immigrant paradox, sometimes known as the "Hispanic Health Paradox", describes an epidemiological finding that immigrants demonstrate better health outcomes compared to U.S. born individuals or second- and third- generation immigrants. These effects appear to diminish with increased acculturation and length of time in the United States. Considering that newcomer individuals are usually viewed negatively, these findings highlight the strengths that many immigrants demonstrate despite often facing difficult circumstances (e.g., low socioeconomic status, discrimination, acculturative stress). Research into the mechanisms behind this initial protective effect and its subsequent attenuation can illustrate fruitful avenues to bolster the well-being of newcomer individuals and families. Read more...

Major Matters
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By Jill Holm-Denoma, PhD
Clinical Professor



Recently, increased attention has been paid to children's mental health, and for good reason! According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, about 20% of teens live with mental illness, and 50% of all cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Undergraduates enrolled in Dr. Jill Holm-Denoma's Field Experiences (FE) in Psychology class learn how to identify, prevent, and intervene upon emerging mental illness among youth by completing internships with various community organizations. Read more...

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