Irina Ivanovna Mamaichuk. Her Scientific Contributions in Child Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Developmental Disorders



The article is dedicated to the memory of Professor of the Department of Medical Psychology and Psychophysiology of the Saint Petersburg State University, a leading specialist in the field of child clinical psychology Irina Ivanovna Mamaychuk. An attempt to analyze and generalize its great scientific and practical contribution to child clinical psychology is made. The stages of her professional path are singled out and described: (1) the study of the mechanisms and types of disturbed development in children with cerebral palsy; (2) study of the psychology of children with various disorders of the musculoskeletal system; (3) empirical substantiation of strategies and technologies for psychological assistance to children with various variants of disturbed development; (4) development of methodological and applied problems of child clinical psychology. The results and conclusions of Irina Ivanovna’s key studies are revealed, which have made a great contribution to understanding the causes and mechanisms of mental disorders in children and adolescents, and embodying the principles of ontogenetic and system-structural approaches developed at the Leningrad — St. Petersburg school of psychology. In particular, the study of the role of motility in perceptogenesis in various variants of dysontogenesis; specifics of violations of interfunctional relationships in children with motor and mental disorders; subspecies of mental retardation of cerebral-organic origin; psychological characteristics of children and adolescents with somatic pathology. Based on the analysis of scientific works, a list of the main problems and prospects of modern child clinical psychology is highlighted. An approach to psychological assistance and psychological correction of disorders in children and adolescents is described, taking into account the role of the family and the immediate environment. It is emphasized that the empirical work of Irina Ivanovna has become the “gold standard” in the study of the problems of children with mental dysontogenesis, and her theoretical generalizations and methodological developments are very important а for the further development of child clinical psychology and understanding the problem of mental development in general.

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Keywords: I.I.Mamaychuk, child clinical psychology, psychology of developmental disorders, dysontogenesis, psychological correction

Journal rubric: Empirical and Experimental Research

Article type: personalities


Received: 25.08.2023


For citation: Milanich Y.M., Piatakova G.V., Krainyukov S.V. Irina Ivanovna Mamaichuk. Her Scientific Contributions in Child Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Developmental Disorders. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2024. Vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 174–191. DOI: 10.21638/spbu16.2024.111. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Yulia M. Milanich, PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Psychology and Psychophysiology, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Galina V. Piatakova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology of Crisis and Extreme Situations, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Sergei V. Krainyukov, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology, St. Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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