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For Prospective Graduate Students in Clinical Psychology

The Child and Adolescent Development Lab at the University of Tennessee Knoxville accepts graduate students into the doctoral clinical psychology program who have a solid research and academic background and a demonstrated strength in clinical work. The lab’s research focuses on child development in the context of maternal psychopathology. An interest in opioid misuse in pregnancy and infant development would fit very well with our current research projects. We also have data from prior projects on preschool children and adolescents whose mothers have borderline personality disorder, including videotaped interactions, attachment interviews, maltreatment data, and teacher reports, that students can use.

The clinical program offers a broad range of theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and third wave, and places equal emphasis on research and clinical work.

If you decide to apply to the clinical program, please fully develop your specific research interests and how these align with the faculty member(s) with whom you are applying to work. Please also carefully decide the order in which you list faculty members: this match is very important on both sides. Applicants who have spent a year or more post baccalaureate gaining experience supporting their application, e.g., in research and/or clinical work, are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in the Child and Adolescent Development Lab and would like to know more about our research, please contact Jenny Macfie, Ph.D. at 

You may also contact current members of the lab.