Bringing Psychologists into Primary Care Settings
A panel on psychology practice in medical settings: Psychologists in the Medical World: Perspectives, Roles, Practice, and Opportunity, held at AUNE December 5, discussed how psychologists can be incorporated into an integrated care model.
Health care reform is encouraging “medical homes,” a comprehensive approach to primary care.
“It’s really time to stop having one building to treat your body and one building to treat your mind. There is no philosophy or science to support that psychological needs are separate from medical needs,” said panelist Daniel Mullin, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, before the event. Mullin has done ground-breaking work in the field of integrated behavioral health.
It’s widely accepted that behavior plays an enormous role in preventing health problems. “Psychologists know more than anyone about changing behavior,” Mullin said. “Health care reform has opened up a lot of opportunities. The field is more open to bringing psychologists into primary care, but they also need psychologists who are properly trained.”
Panelists and Presentations
Also on the panel were:
- Thomas Stearns, a psychologist with Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, who spoke on “Psychologist in Primary Care: Inside the Black Box with Chronic Pain and Diabetes.”
- Jim Fauth, faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Clinical Pathology. He spoke on “The Complexities of Evidence-based Integrated Care in Naturalistic, Under-served Settings.”
- Vic Pantesco, faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Clinical Pathology. He spoke on “Interventions with Cardiac and Pediatric Patients: Notions About Bolstering Compliance with Treatment and Fashioning Patient-Specific Interventions.”
- Amanda Houle, PsyD ’04, faculty member in AUNE’s Department of Clinical Pathology. She spoke on “Women’s Wellness and Obesity Treatment: Tailoring Assessment and Interventions in an OB/GYN and Surgical Treatment Setting.”
The panel was hosted by AUNE’s Department of Clinical Psychology.