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Forthcoming book by psychology faculty will rewrite treatment of children and adolescents

Three faculty members in the Virginia Tech College of Science are co-editing the new "Oxford Handbook of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology", a book that will be considered the reference volume for academics and practitioners of child psychology and psychiatry in the years to come.

Oxford University Press approached Tom Ollendick, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, about editing the book, noting his background as one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of childhood disorders and their treatment. He has 35 edited or written books, more than 100 book chapters, and 350 research articles to his credit.

Ollendick invited colleagues Bradley White, an assistant professor, and Susan White, an associate professor, also in the Department of Psychology, to co-edit the book.

The volume will contain 50 chapters covering a wide range of topics from conceptual and empirical issues to assessing and treating clinical disorders and special problems in childhood and adolescence, along with future directions for the field. Chapter authors range from local, including Virginia Commonwealth University, and abroad, including Australia, England, and the Netherlands. The book will be released in spring 2018.

“This book is determined to be ‘the’ volume that will be used in the practice and study of clinical child and adolescent psychology in the years ahead,” said Ollendick. Added Bradley White, “It’s truly an honor to be a part of it. It has been a great learning experience.”

“Given that this handbook will be co-edited by three Virginia Tech faculty, its publication will help to cement our department’s already-strong reputation,” said Susan White.

Oxford Press describes the forthcoming book as a “scholarly and comprehensive synthesis of central issues and research domains pertaining to child psychopathology.” It will serve researchers conducting psychopathology and treatment outcome studies, clinicians interested in evidence-based practice with all major psychiatric disorders and related problems of childhood and adolescence, students of clinical child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry, and child and adolescent mental health policymakers.

An Oxford handbook dedicated to adult clinical psychology diagnosis and treatment was published last year.