Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care

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Length: 2 hours

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This workshop will familiarize participants with the recently developed Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care. An overview of the process of the development of this document will be offered at the start of the session. Following this, the various domains of competence will be reviewed with examples of how these competencies are needed and demonstrated in the primary care setting. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the context for the importance of this work as well as the benefits and opportunities to advance primary care psychology practice through the use and dissemination of the competencies.


Dr. Nancy Ruddy has taught in primary care medical education since 1991.  Her specific interests are family coping with illness, chronic disease management and health behavior change.  Over the past decade, she has worked extensively with the psychology training community to help psychologists work more effectively with primary care medical providers, and to develop more training opportunities for psychologists in integrated primary care.

Dr. Christopher Hunter is board certified in clinical health psychology and works for the Defense Health Agency as the Department of Defense Program Manager for Behavioral Health in Primary Care. He has extensive experience in behavioral health in primary care services delivery and training and is the lead author on the book Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Step-by-Step Guidance for Assessment and Intervention.

Dr. Benjamin Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. Dr. Miller is a principal investigator on several federal grants, foundation grants, and state contracts related to comprehensive primary care and mental health, behavioral health, and substance use integration. He leads the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Academy for Integrating Behavioral and Primary Care project as well as the highly touted Sustaining Healthcare Across Integrated Primary Care Efforts (SHAPE) project. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he trained in primary care psychology. In addition, Miller worked as a postdoctoral fellow in primary care psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. Barbara Ann Cubic is a Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).   In 2002, she wrote one of the first funded HRSA Graduate Psychology Education grants and in 2007 and 2010 received her second and third HRSA Graduate Psychology Education grant, respectively, focused on training psychologists and primary care physicians to provide integrated care. She has also received two substantial grants from the State of Virginia for Workforce Development and served as editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings from 2007-2012.   In 2010 she was awarded the Cummings PSYCHE Prize by the American Psychological Foundations for her work in Integrated Care.  In 2011 she served as the chair for the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs Task Force of Primary Care Training and in 2012 served as the Health Psychology (Division 38 of APA) representative to the American Psychological Association’s Interorganizational Work Group on Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care.

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APA Online Academy

Supplementary Materials

  • Presenter Bios
  • Competencies for Psychological Practice in Primary Care Slides 12-12-13

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"Very helpful introduction to being a psychologist in primary care. Thanks!"
— Anonymous