Developing a science of training in health service psychology: Contextual factors and recommendations for improvement

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Abstract

Articles in this series (Callahan & Watkins, 2018a, 2018b, 2018c, 2018d) elucidate a concerning lack of research on training in the field of health service psychology. There are many factors that impact the scant evidence available, including aspects of training programs themselves, aspects of our current funding climate, the structure and influence of universities, a lack of diversity in graduate students and faculty, and the flexibility (or the perception of a lack thereof) inherent in the practice of psychology and the accrediting bodies that influence our training. There are numerous ways to improve our evidence base for training, especially those related to supporting and growing the number of researchers engaged in this area of study. Some external factors outside individual program control will likely limit the speed with which improvements can be made, but a great deal can be done within our programs to make significant changes that have the potential to influence both training and client outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-268
Number of pages7
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Evidence-based training
  • Graduate admissions
  • Grant funding
  • Health service psychology
  • Training

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