Psychologists on Interdisciplinary Teams: Barriers to Interdisciplinary Work for Psychologists at the Pre-doctoral Level and Beyond
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Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Tracy Moran Vozar, Ph.D.
Jennifer Fontaine, Psy.D.
Gwen Mitchell, Psy.D.
Interdisciplinary teams, Health psychology, Primary care, Doctoral training
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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.
Swisher, Alison C., "Psychologists on Interdisciplinary Teams: Barriers to Interdisciplinary Work for Psychologists at the Pre-doctoral Level and Beyond" (2022). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 445.
Empirical - Qualitative