What is it about?

We interviewed a cohort of established psychology training programs in real-world primary care settings. Training strategies focused on extensive onboarding, modeling, shadowing, interprofessional education, and more. Lack of stable funding, balancing scheduled and curbside supervision, and pivoting to telehealth challenged the robustness and growth of training programs. Synergistic support from program, organization, and system/policy levels are needed to align teaching activities with clinical practice environments.

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Why is it important?

This study informed practical strategies and needs to improve high-quality education and training that are important for dissemination of an integrated behavioral health workforce to meet the growing behavioral health needs in primary care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


As a former psychology trainee and an early career integrated primary care psychologist myself, it was a great pleasure listening to the stories and experiences of other psychology educators and leaders out there spearheading with creative ways to train the future generation of psychologists to practice in primary care where we can reach more patients with behavioral health needs.

Kris Ma

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This page is a summary of: Integrated primary care psychology training programs: Challenges and strategies., Families Systems & Health, December 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/fsh0000770.
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