As part of our ongoing commitment to expand the University of Washington’s educational impact, we were pleased to collaborate with the UW Department of Psychology to launch the new Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment.

This unique graduate degree program, kicking off in fall 2017, will equip professionals working in schools, health care, early learning and community settings with specialized skills to support social-emotional development and mental health in youth.


This 36-credit program is the first master’s degree offered by the highly ranked UW Department of Psychology, which U.S. News & World Report listed as one of the top 10 departments in the country for clinical psychology.

“We’re pleased to offer a master’s program that addresses the pressing need for well-trained mental health practitioners who work with children.”

Lynn Fainsilber Katz, Research Professor, UW Department of Psychology
“We’re pleased to offer a master’s program that addresses the pressing need for well-trained mental health practitioners who work with children, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of effective evidence-based treatments,” said Lynn Fainsilber Katz, one of three UW psychology professors heading up the new degree.

“The program allows the University to put its cutting-edge research into practice and help produce positive outcomes, especially by training those who assist high-risk children and families.”


This program gives students a broad foundation in child psychology with an emphasis on social and emotional development, along with specific skills in evidence-based diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders in children and teens. The courses also cover risk and protective factors, parenting interventions and treatment for trauma and anxiety. Our graduates will leave able to diagnose psychosocial disorders — and deliver interventions that work.

During the program, students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working directly with practicing professionals in different settings.

“The practicum provides students with real-world clinical training, so they can further develop and strengthen their assessment, diagnostic and interventions skills,” said Liliana Lengua, director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being at the UW.


We think everyone deserves education to thrive in our ever-changing world. That’s why we’ve designed this new master’s degree with options. Students can choose to complete the program in one year of full-time study or two years on a part-time schedule. Courses mostly meet in late afternoons, evenings or on weekends, with some done by online conferencing. 

Since 1912, University of Washington Continuum College has provided innovative learning paths that boost career success and inspire more meaningful lives. With a flexible approach to delivering the right programs for the right people at the right time, Continuum College provides over 50,000 students each year with a high-quality University of Washington education that’s relevant for today’s world and accessible to learners in Seattle and around the globe.