Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Clinical Specialization: Child and Family

The Child and Family specialization is designed to provide students with a grounding in theory, research, and practice concerning the psychological and behavioral problems of children, adolescents, and families. Attention is given to the main areas of psychopathology, assessment, and intervention, with consideration of developmental, systems-related, and cultural issues. The goal of the specialization is to provide students with a solid foundation, which they can then build upon in their later training experiences.

The specialization enables students to focus their elective coursework, externship placements, and research projects in order to develop a higher level of competency in child and family therapy. Students completing this specialization should be able to compete for selective clinical child internships and postdoctoral fellowships, as well as entry-level clinical child positions. The child and family specialization is coordinated by Drs. David Glenwick and David Chabot.


The requirements to fulfill the child and family specialization are the following:

  • Introduction to Family Therapy (Chabot)
  • Seminar/Practicum in Child Therapy (Glenwick)
  • Developmental psychology elective.
  • At least one year of clinical externship in a child/family facility
Research Project
  • A predoctoral research project and/or dissertation on a topic within the child/family area, under the mentorship of either of the specialization faculty (Drs. Chabot and Glenwick)
Note that the Child and Family specialization, like the other specializations within the Clinical Psychology program (Forensic and Health/Neuropsychology ) does not accept applications per se. These specializations are available to ANY interested doctoral student within the Clinical Psychology program. Interested applicants must apply to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. Those students seeking additional information are encouraged to contact one of the faculty members directly (preferably via email).

Program Faculty

Dr. David Glenwick is a Professor of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and community psychology from the University of Rochester in 1975. Dr. Glenwick’s research interests include stress and coping in children and families, cognitive and behavioral interventions with children and adolescents, prevention and early intervention programs, developmental disabilities, and juvenile justice. He has published numerous articles and three books, most recently Innovative Strategies for Promoting Health and Mental Health Across the Lifespan (Springer, in press) in these areas. Dr. Glenwick has worked in and consulted to a variety of child settings, including community mental health centers, special education programs, preschool programs, and juvenile justice facilities. He is a fellow of six divisions of the American Psychological Association (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Child, Youth, and Family Services; Community Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Teaching of Psychology; and Health Psychology), a member of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the New York State Psychological Association, and the American Association of Correctional Psychologists; and a licensed clinical psychologist (New York, Ohio).

Dr. David Chabot is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1968. Dr. Chabot’s research interests include psychological assessment (particularly the MMPI), family processes, and family therapy. He has developed two assessment instruments to facilitate evaluation and research in the areas of family processes. The Chabot Emotional Pursuer-Distance Movement Scale measures one’s interpersonal style in the context of an intimate relationship. The Chabot Differentiation Scale is a measure of intrapsychic emotional differentiation utilizing a Bowenian definition of differentiation. Current research with these instruments has focused on cross-cultural variations. Dr. Chabot has made numerous presentations in the area of family therapy and more recently coauthored the family systems theory chapter in the APA publication, Theories of Psychotherapy: Origins and Evolution. Dr. Chabot is on the faculty of the Center for Family Learning, a postgraduate training center in family therapy, and maintains an active family therapy practice. He is a fellow member of the American Psychological Association, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is a licensed clinical psychologist (New York) and a licensed marriage and family therapist (Connecticut).

Dr. Peggy Andover is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University in 2006 and completed postdoctoral training in treatment development and outcome research for suicidal behaviors at Brown Medical School.  Her research interests focus on the continuum of self-harm behaviors, including non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and attempted suicide in adults and adolescents.  As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, Dr. Andover uses empirically-supported techniques to treat clients ranging in age from childhood to adulthood with a variety of presenting problems, including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, aggressive behaviors, suicidal ideation and behaviors, NSSI, and borderline personality disorder.  Dr. Andover is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, and the American Association of Suicidology

Dr. Rachel Annunziato received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Drexel University training in behavioral medicine and in pediatric psychology. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Annunziato’s research focuses on medically-ill patients and her work is based primarily at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she has an adjunct faculty and hospital appointment. Specifically, she studies the transition to adulthood in pediatric transplant recipients focusing on both transitioning health care management from caregiver(s) to patients as well as the shift in care location from pediatrics to adult oriented facilities. Currently, this work centers on prospective studies of transition from the medical and psychosocial perspective as well as intervention development targeting improving self-management while patients are still in pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Annunziato is prospectively investigating psychosocial outcomes among pediatric patients diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which is liver disease that results from obesity. She and her colleagues are aiming to determine whether patients experience poorer outcomes than healthy controls, whether weight loss (which improves disease status) leads to improved psychosocial outcomes, as well as intervention development targeting weight loss. Most recently, Dr. Annunziato has initiated a protocol examining quality of life and family functioning among patients beginning newly FDA approved treatment for Hepatitis C in pediatric patients. Previously, this treatment, which involves regular injections and potential psychological side effects such as depressive symptoms, was only approved for adults, but now is expected to be widely offered by Hepatology teams. Additionally, Dr. Annunziato and colleagues continue to study brief exposure treatment for medically traumatized patients. Her work appears in both medical and psychology journals.

Dr. Keith Cruise is a licensed clinical psychologist and specializes in the clinical evaluation and treatment of youth involved in the juvenile justice system.  Dr. Cruise is an active member of the American Psychology Law Society and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.  He has published articles and co-authored book chapters in the area of forensic psychology with a specific emphasis on clinical-forensic evaluations of juvenile offenders with topics including mental health screening of juvenile offenders, psychosocial maturity and legal decision-making, juvenile psychopathy, juvenile risk assessment, and specialized risk assessment of juvenile sexual offenders.  Prior to joining the Department of Psychology, Dr. Cruise was working within the Louisiana juvenile secure custody system providing a combination of clinical service delivery and program evaluation/research of mental health programs implemented within secure institutions.  He maintains an active clinical practice that includes conducting clinical assessments of juvenile offenders, providing expert testimony, and delivering consultation and training services to juvenile justice programs.

Dr. Amy Roy is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and completed her post-doctoral work at the NYU Child Study Center at the NYU School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying emotion regulation in children with and without psychiatric illnesses. Specifically, she uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to examine the functional connectivity of corticolimbic circuits involved in the generation and control of emotion. Dr. Roy recently initiated a large-scale study of young children with severe temper outbursts with the ultimate aim of improving diagnostic and treatment approaches for these impaired youth. Pediatric anxiety disorders are another area of interest for Dr. Roy. Specifically, in addition to examining the neural basis of these disorders, she is interested in exploring cognitive models, particularly the intolerance of uncertainty model of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and how this contributes to etiology and maintenance of this condition. Dr. Roy is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Division 53 of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Andrew Rasmussen is Associate Professor of Psychology, a member of the Clinical faculty, and Director of the MS program in Applied Psychological Methods. He received his doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Foundation for Child Development. Dr. Rasmussen’s academic work focuses on psychosocial assessment and care for displaced families across multiple stages of migration. This includes the influences of culture, stress and trauma; mental health services research; and community structures that impact service delivery. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Rasmussen has evaluated psychosocial programs for USAID, conducted forensic assessments for US Immigration Court cases, and provided care to survivors of political violence from around the world.


Child and Family Journals
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Residential Treatment for Children and Youth

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Journal of Family Psychology

Child and Family Psychologists Organization
American Psychological Association

Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Child, Youth and Family Services
Family Psychology
Clinical Psychology
American Orthopsychiatric Association
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association form Marriage and Family Therapy

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