Top Child Psychology Programs: List of Top Schools

Child psychologist study the development of children from birth to adulthood. A child psychology program applies biological, genetic, cognitive, lingual, perceptive and social behavior to the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental disorders. A doctoral degree is required to practice clinical child psychology or perform research. However, undergraduate programs prepare students for a career in teaching or continued education in advanced graduate study.

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Best Schools for Child Psychology

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

In 1925, the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota (U of M) pioneered the study of child psychology and development in the United States. The school offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Child Psychology with a strong research focus. Students can specialize in child development areas such as cognitive, language, perception, social and personality development, as well as neuroscience and psychobiology. Those pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical child psychology may focus on child developmental psychopathology.

U of M also offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology, both which prepare students for further study in the field. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science program may also pursue careers in early childhood education, social services and counseling. Coursework teaches students about adolescent disabilities, infant development, child psychology and language development.

The U.S. News and World Report named U of M's graduate psychology program eighth best in 2009 ( In 2010, the Princeton Review ranked the school among the publications' Best Midwestern Colleges ( The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Phone Number: (612) 625-5000

2. University of Kansas in Lawrence

The Clinical Child Psychology Training Program at the University of Kansas (KU) offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. The program coursework draws from the applied behavioral science and psychology departments. Its focus is research and teaching students how to clinically evaluate and treat children and adolescents.

Classes include child psychopathology, family therapy, ethical and legal issues, cultural diversity and social concerns. KU was ranked the 40th best graduate psychology program by U.S. News & World Report in 2009 and is accredited by the APA.

Contact Information

  • Address: Lawrence, KS 66045
  • Phone Number: (785) 864-2700

Good Child Psychology Programs

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
University of Kansas 29,242 Lawrence, KS 66045 (785) 864-2700
Nova Southeastern University 29,153 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954) 262-7300
The University of Alabama 28,699 739 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (205) 348-6010
St. John's University - New York 20,352 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Queens, NY 11439 (718) 990-6161
The University of Texas at Dallas 15,783 800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080 (972) 883-2111
Pace University - New York 12,706 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038 (212) 346-1200
Vanderbilt University 12,506 2101 W. End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240 (615) 322-7311
Eastern Washington University 11,300 526 5th St., Cheney, WA 99004 (509) 359-6200
Texas Christian University 8,853 2800 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76129 (817) 257-7000
Azusa Pacific University 8,539 901 E. Alosta, Azusa, CA 91702 (626) 969-3434
University of Detroit Mercy 5,585 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221 (313) 993-1000
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 5,565 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987 (507) 457-1600
Teachers College at Columbia University 5,307 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027 (212) 678-3000
Bethel University 4,361 3900 Bethel Dr., Saint Paul, MN 55112 (651) 638-6400
Savannah State University 3,820 3219 College St., Savannah, GA 31404 (912) 356-2181
Saint Mary's College of California 3,636 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga, CA 94556 (925) 631-4000
Marywood University 3,471 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509 (570) 348-6211
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Chicago 2,245 325 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654 (312) 329-6600
Bryn Mawr College 1,771 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (610) 526-5000
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