The Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA)

Thank you for your inquiry about the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA) by Helen Link Egger, MD; Barbara Ascher, MA; and Adrian Angold, MRCPsych.

Description: The PAPA 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.

We recommend the following interviewing strategy.

  1. Interview parents using the PAPA for children 2 to 8 years old.
  2. For children ages 9 and older, interview the parent and child with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment (CAPA).

We have developed a DSM 5 version of the PAPA, and it is currently available for use.

Certain modules of the PAPA have been translated into the following languages: Canadian French; German; Korean; Norwegian; Romanian; and Spanish.

eMeasures: We have created a web application for the administration of an electronic version of the PAPA. The eMeasures system is a tool for administering the PAPA online or offline.  The eMeasures system allows near “real-time” modifications of the PAPA. Researchers can select what modules they would like to administer as long as the “required” accompanying modules used in diagnosis are administered. The eMeasures is capable of generating a Word document that is an exact replica of its contents.

For more information about eMeasures, Click Here.

For more information about the PAPA, Click Here.

Click the links below to review the PAPA.

The Core Diagnostic Modules for DSM 5 consists of the Depression, Anxiety, ODD/CD, ADHD, and Impairment Modules ONLY:

PAPA: Core Diagnostic Modules for DSM 5 Criteria

PAPA: Omnibus Version

PAPA: Omnibus Glossary

Please be advised that formal training is required to administer the PAPA.

For information about training, Click Here.

If you need any additional information or if you wish to administer the PAPA, please email Brian Small:

Phone: 919-385-0838


Brian Small

Box 3454 DUMC

Durham, NC 27710 USA

Thanks for your interest in the PAPA.