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The University of Edinburgh: Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Health in Social Science
Study type Taught


This programme offers the unique perspective that children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to sociocultural, and that our approaches to working should be informed by this dynamic, interactional system.

The programme aims to support students in developing a nuanced and critical appreciation of mental health in children and young people, by taking a developmental approach to the etiology of mental health issues.

Programme courses draw upon cognitive, developmental and relational theories, as well as models of risk and resilience to enhance deeper understanding of the development and maintenance of wellbeing and mental health.

The programme staff comprise of clinical and academic psychologists with a broad range of research expertise in areas of:

  • psychological interventions

  • neurodevelopmental disorders

  • child trauma and maltreatment

  • parenting

The programme promotes excellence in research with aim of preparing students future progression into further academic, research, and clinical training. Examples of student pathways following the programme include:

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology

  • Doctorate in Educational Psychology

  • MSc in Applied Psychology (Healthcare) For Children and Young People

For students interested in these pathways, it’s about improving their knowledge, skills, and competencies to enhance their applications into these types of programmes. For students already working in the field, it’s about enabling them to improve their knowledge of child and adolescent mental health.


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