Health Clinical Graduate Track

Overview

The Health Clinical Psychology track of the clinical program is a aimed at training psychologists who are both academically and clinically prepared to work as researchers and clinicians in medical or academic settings. The program track is designed on the premise that psychologists in health-related settings need skills in clinical psychology as well as a strong foundation in areas related to health, disease processes and research. Thus, the program track emphasizes combined year-round training in behavioral medicine research and the development of skills in health clinical psychology. As part of an APA accredited clinical program, the health clinical track requires completion of an internship. This is the program that a majority of the students in the Health Division are enrolled in.

Research

Students in the health track of the clinical program have opportunities to conduct research on the NIH-funded studies in the areas of: Cardiovascular Disorders, Psychoneuroimmunology and HIV/AIDS, Psycho-Oncology, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Clinical Practica

Health Psychology predoctoral students complete at least 5 semesters of practica as part of clinical training.  The first two semesters are typically spent in the Department of Psychology's Psychological Services Center.  This setting offers services to the community on a sliding fee basis.  Psychology Department faculty members supervise therapy with adults and children.  In addition to general work with these groups, opportunities for group, couples, and family therapy are also available.  The remaining 3 required semesters of practica are completed in health settings located on the Medical School campus and at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.  The Medical School campus is a rich setting for clinical opportunities.  Students are currently placed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and the University of Miami¹s Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Hematology/Oncology.  Students placed at the VAMC have many opportunities for diverse experiences including work with cardiac, hemodialysis, extended care, geriatric, hypertensive, AIDS, and spinal cord patients.  The placement in the Department of Neurology represents a largely clinical neuropsychology assessment practicum.  In the Department of Pediatrics, students have the opportunity to work with adolescents with acute and chronic diseases.  The Hematology/Oncology practicum involves working with children and adolescents and their families.   At Mt. Sinai Medical center, placements are available in the cancer center and in rehabilitation medicine.