Psy.D. Degree

Health, Rehabilitation, and Primary Care Emphasis Area

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Overview

photo of students and professorThe overarching goal of School of Professional Psychology is to train students in the basic skills necessary to be competent within a generalist model. The goal of the Health, Rehabilitation, and Primary Care (HRP) is to develop your readiness to function and compete for internships and postdoctoral opportunities within the fields of health, rehabilitation, and clinical neuropsychology. You will receive training aimed at establishing the attitudes, knowledge, and skills required to provide effective assessment and intervention services to clients requiring health, rehabilitation, and Primary Care services. You will fulfill the usual requirements for clinical psychology, as well as take courses in more focused areas of health psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and neuropsychology. It is expected that dissertation, practice tutorial, practicum, and internship activities will also be oriented toward these areas of interest.

Health, Rehabilitation, and Primary Care Emphasis Objectives

  • To develop graduates with strong clinical skills in the area of health, rehabilitation, and primary care.
  • To develop graduates who can be skilled to work within a variety of interdisciplinary settings, e.g., medical, rehabilitation, community treatment settings.
  • To develop graduates who are critical thinkers in the area of practice and scholarship.

Note: You will be first admitted and later may choose to participate in the HRP

Coursework

You complete coursework designed to address knowledge, attitudes, theoretical concepts, assessment skills, and intervention skills relevant to the practice of health, rehabilitation, and primary care. In addition to required courses, you are required to complete the emphasis specific curriculum in sequence, as presented below.

Courses, descriptions, and expectations specific to the HRP include:

  • Neuropsychological Assessment: This course is an introduction to the field of clinical neuropsychological assessment. You learn to select, administer, score, and interpret neuropsychological tests in different clinical situations.
  • Health Psychology: This course is an introduction to the field of health psychology. The course material will focus on the concept of health and wellness as informed by diversity variables and social conditions. Therefore, beliefs about health, illness, and disability across people, culture, and time will be explored. Resulting and current psychological theories and treatment interventions utilized by health psychologists and the role of psychological factors in the development, maintenance, prevention, and treatment of health related illnesses will be discussed and practiced. You will gain an appreciation of the complex interactions of diversity variables that impact behavioral, psychological, physiological, and social factors and further impact  an individual’s health, create health disparities and resistance to recommended health habit changes. Critical analysis of public health policies, health-related research and the role of psychologists in integrated healthcare settings will also be incorporated into the material. A deeper understanding and appreciation of the patient-lived experience will be facilitated through discussions, guest speakers from the medical service delivery perspective, and patient perspective and experience-based activities.
     
  • Rehabilitation Psychology: This course is an introduction to the field of rehabilitation psychology. The course material will focus on current psychological theories and treatment interventions utilized by rehabilitation psychologists and the role of psychological factors in the treatment of functional, psychological, and social impacts of disability. You will gain an appreciation of the complex interactions among behavioral, psychological, physiological, and social factors on an individual’s disability. Critical analysis of rehabilitation-related research and the role of psychologists in multidisciplinary medical settings will also be incorporated into the material. A deeper understanding and appreciation of the patient-lived experience will be facilitated through discussions, guest speakers from the medical service delivery perspective and patient perspective and experience-based activities.
     
  • Additional electives: As this emphasis grows in scope, electives in geriatric neuropsychology, disability (medical aspects, sexuality aspects, and affirmative therapy), neuropsychological rehabilitation, and child health and rehabilitation are being planned.

Clinical Practica

You are expected to gain supervised exposure to a range of clients and to learn basic skills required of all psychologists throughout their practica.  They are also required to complete at least one practicum in a health, rehabilitation, or primary care setting.  The following clinical settings represent training experiences that potentially fulfill the emphasis-specific clinical practica requirement:

  • Cassano Health Center
  • Dayton Children’s Medical Center
  • Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center
  • Cincinnati VA
  • Drew Healthcare Center

Practicum slots are awarded competitively in conjunction with the sites. If there are more students in the HRP than there are practicum slots available, it is not guaranteed that all students will be assigned to a HRP site. It is not guaranteed that all students wanting to complete the HRP will be able to do so.

Dissertation and Advising

The HRP offers you the opportunity to work with our faculty who have expertise within those fields in a forum focused on facilitating the student’s professional development.  Students in the HRP are required to complete a professional dissertation focused on issues relevant to health, rehabilitation, or primary care, broadly. HRP faculty members review potential dissertation topics to determine if they meet this requirement. 

It is not required that a member of the HRP faculty chair your dissertation.  If you elect to work with a chair who is not affiliated with the HRP, the chair will be the student’s primary advisor (per policy) and a faculty member who is affiliated the emphasis will provide additional advising regarding issues related to the HRP.

Emphasis Faculty

Jeff Cigrang, Ph.D., ABPP

Department:
School of Professional Psychology
Title:
Associate Professor
Address:
221 Ellis Human Devel Inst, 9 N Edwin C Moses Blvd, Dayton, OH 45402-8470

Larry C. James, Ph.D., ABPP

Department:
School of Professional Psychology
Title:
Professor and Director, Continuing Education Program
Address:
Health Sciences Bldg 117, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Julie Lynn Williams, Psy.D., ABPP

Department:
Professional Psychology
Title:
Professor
Address:
Health Sciences Bldg 137, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001