Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Tracy Moran Vozar

Second Advisor

Jennifer Fontaine

Third Advisor

Gwen Mitchell


Interdisciplinary teams, Health psychology, Primary care, Doctoral training


With the shift of psychologists into practice in interdisciplinary medical settings, where might these providers receive adequate training for effective entry into these roles? The field of health psychology struggles to adequately keep up with the need for specialized psychologists within medical settings. Training programs have historically failed to provide training opportunities within interdisciplinary medical settings. This project examined the interviews of three psychologists with experience working and training pre-doctoral level students in interdisciplinary, health-focused, medical settings. Based on the information gathered herein, it appears that the barriers to training pre-doctoral psychology students within medical establishments stem from the following themes: ill-defined roles, limited ability to specialize, individual’s capabilities, psychologists being undervalued, and financial constraints. This qualitative ethnographic examination looks at the barriers to developing additional training for pre-doctoral level psychology students within health-focused environments to meet the ever-growing need to integrate psychologists into interdisciplinary medical settings.

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