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Elective Training in Clinical Health Psychology

Elective Training in Clinical Health Psychology

Considerable flexibility is available in the clinical health psychology area of study, but each student should attempt to meet the following general training objectives:

  1. obtain necessary background in clinical psychology and related areas (e.g., psychophysiology, physiology, and pathophysiology) to intelligently read relevant research and clinical literature in health psychology;
  2. obtain a working knowledge of the literature in more than one content area or disorder in health psychology;
  3. obtain a more detailed knowledge and research competence in a specific area or with a particular disorder; and
  4. obtain supervised clinical experience adequate to develop basic competence in the provision of clinical services to individuals with medical problems in a medical setting.

Requirements

Students who elect to complete training in the clinical health psychology area of study must complete all of the general requirements for the doctoral program (see Section on General Requirements for the Clinical Program in Clinical Psychology). Program-specific requirements are listed below. In addition to the didactic course in health psychology, there are requirements in three areas: (a) courses or seminars of particular relevance to health psychology; (b) supervised research experience in an area of health psychology, and (c) supervised clinical experience in the evaluation and provision of clinical services to medical patients. Courses or seminars may simultaneously meet other area requirements or research course requirements of the clinical program.

Health Psychology Core Course

  • PSY 7250 Health Psychology

Health Psychology Area and Background Courses

(Students are encouraged to take all four courses but required to take two.)

  • PSY6220 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY6210 Human Psychophysiology
  • PSY 7210 Neuropsychology
  • PSY7270 Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy

Research Experience

  1. Independent research typically done as a dissertation on a topic in health psychology.
  2. A minimum of one first-author poster or paper presentation on a topic in health psychology at a professional meeting.
  3. Collaboration with a faculty member on a submitted or published article or chapter or a submitted or funded grant application.

Clinical Experience

Supervised clinical experience with the assessment and management of medical disorders is required and is typically met with PSY 7750 (Interventions in Health Psychology), and a minimum of two semesters of direct clinical experience with health psychology cases in PSY 7920 (Clinical Practicum) or an equivalent experience (traineeship).

Internship

Students must complete an APA-accredited internship that is at least half-time in health psychology or behavioral medicine.

Requirements Checklist

I. Health Psychology Core Course:

  • PSY 7250 Health Psychology

II. Health Psychology Area and Background Courses (2 are required):

  • PSY 6220 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 7240 Psychophysiology 
  • PSY 7210 Neuropsychology
  • PSY 7270 Psychopharmacology

III. Research Experience in Health Psychology (complete all 3):

  • Dissertation topic in Health Psychology
  • A minimum of one first-author poster or paper presentation on a topic in Health Psychology at professional meeting
  • Collaboration with a faculty member on a submitted or published article or chapter or a submitted or funded grant application.

IV. Clinical Experience:

Supervised clinical experience with assessment and management of medical disorders, as indicated by relevant experience in:

  • PSY 7750 (Interventions in Health Psychology)
  • 2 semesters of direct clinical experience with health psychology cases

V. Internship:

An APA-accredited internship is required that includes at least a half-time rotation in health psychology or behavioral medicine.

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