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The Practiceof Clinical HealthPsychologyRobin Perkins, Ph.D.Clinical Psychologistand Program DirectorArchbold Integrative Medicine Center


Health Psychology:The aggregate of specific educational, scientific, and professional contributions of the discipline of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention of illness, and identification of etiologic and diagnostic correlates of health, illness, and related dysfunctions.


Titles:Behavioral MedicineMedical PsychologyPsychosomatic MedicineHealth Psychology


Requirements:Ph.D. in Clinical PsychologyPrefer Specific graduate training and graduate clinical internship in Health PsychologyState License in Psychology


Areas of Work:Academic InstitutionsMedical Centers / HospitalsResearch InstitutionsPrivate PracticePrimary Care Practices


Top Three Professional Activities:Clinical Practice 65%Research 55%Teaching / Supervision 50%


Primary Employment Settings:Educational 55%Service Delivery 42%Industry / Government 9%(Houston, 1988 Health Psychology Survey)


Primary Care PracticesBetween 50% and 70% of a physician’s normal caseload consists of patients whose medical ailments are significantly related to psychological factors.


Primary Care PracticesAnxiety and depression were among the 6 most common conditions seen in family practice.


Mental health patients typically over-utilize medical services.


Clinical Focus:Individual PsychotherapyCoping SkillsTreatment Compliance IssuesBehavior ChangeAffective DisordersGrieving / Loss Issues


Group PsychotherapySupport GroupsPain Management GroupsBehavior Change GroupsCoping Skills, etc.


Psychological EvaluationTestingNeuropsychological EvaluationsConversion Disorder / PseudoseizuresAffective DisordersPersonality EvaluationsTransplantationPain Evaluations


Psycho-educational TeachingStress Management GroupsLifestyle Changes: smoking, diet, safe sex, etc.


Family TherapyEducation


Specific Areas of Clinical FocusCardiologyLifestyle ChangeCABG SurgeryPain ManagementAnxiety associated with internal cardiac defibrillators


NeurologyTraumatic Brain InjuryDementiaSpinal Cord InjuryRehabilitationChronic Terminal Disease


Pain ManagementCandidates for OpiatesCoping SkillsDepressionLifestyle ChangesFamily System


Smoking CessationLifestyle ChangesLifestyle MaintenanceStress ManagementLifestyle ChangesCovers Every Diagnostic Category


Organ TransplantationCoping SkillsTreatment ComplianceSupport SystemsAnxiety /DepressionCancerPain ManagementAnticipatory NauseaLifestyle ChangesBody DisfigurementSocial SupportEnd of Life Issues


DiabetesTreatment ComplianceDevelopmental IssuesDementiaLifestyle ChangesLoss IssuesPulmonary DiseasesTreatment ComplianceLifestyle ChangesDepression / Anxiety


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