One in six children aged two to eight in the United States have been diagnosed with a behavioral health disorder, and one in five adolescents ages thirteen to eighteen have experienced a severe mental disorder. Few of these children and adolescents receive mental health services, and even fewer receive treatment from a certified, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) child psychologist.
To qualify for an ABPP certification, a psychologist must pass a rigorous examination to prove they are knowledgeable of how to deliver psychological services specifically tailored to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. Despite this demand, there are few psychologists who have sought ABPP certification.
Depending on the resources of APA this study will achieve one of two objectives:
1) determining the amount of licensed psychologists with various specializations nationwide, including child and adolescent psychology, or
2) estimating the same statistic through secondary data analysis.
To be released in the Fall of 2020