Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA)

The Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA) developed in 1999 by Helen Link Egger, MD; Barbara Ascher, MA; and Adrian Angold, MRCPsych, is a parent-report only interviewer-based structured diagnostic interview. Derived from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment (CAPA), it is tailored to feelings and behaviors pertinent to young children. 

The PAPA was originally developed for use with preschoolers aged 2 to 5 years old. However, we provide full assurance that it is appropriate to use the PAPA with 2 to 8 year old children for the diagnosis of the full range of common psychiatric disorders. 

PAPA Documents

The following documents are for review only. Formal training is required to administer the PAPA (see details below).

The core diagnostic modules for DSM-5 consists of only the depression, anxiety, ODD/CD, ADHD and impairment modules:


Formal training is required to administer the PAPA. Learn more about training

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