Psychology at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center
Highlights of “Psychology Day”
held Nov. 5, 2009, by the
UMass Psychology Network
More than 130 clinical and research psychologists are employed at UMMS/UMMMC, in the departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Neurology and Surgery. They are integral contributors to the missions and strategic action plans of the University, serving as basic and applied researchers, therapists, diagnosticians, consultants, and teachers.
Psychology Clinical and Research Specialties
Psychologists at UMMS/UMMMC span a wide range of specialties, such as child psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, addictions, developmental disabilities, and consultation liaison. They serve patients as individual providers or members of clinical teams, and they develop service delivery models and consult to health and mental health systems of care. They perform research to investigate questions of neuroscience, etiology of disorders, treatment and assessment methods, mental health law and ethics, and health policy. They serve at administrative levels and on a full range of the University’s faculty committees.
UMMS/UMMMC supports a number of psychology training programs. Its Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program at Worcester State Hospital has been APA-accredited for over 50 years, as has the Pre-Doctoral Program at Worcester Youth Guidance Center. Post-doctoral training programs are available in Forensic Psychology and in the Center for Mental Health Services Research (both in the Department of Psychiatry), in Family Medicine, in Behavioral Medicine, and in Neuropsychology within the Neurology Department. In addition to providing training in psychology, our psychologists play an important role in training medical residents in Psychiatry and other departments, as well as students in the University’s medical school.
In 2008, we initiated a “Psychology Network,” managed by the Director of Psychology and an inter-departmental Psychology Steering Committee. The Psychology Network engages in initiatives to enhance psychologists’ clinical, research and training contributions throughout the school and clinical systems. Subcommittees of the Psychology Network focus on coordination of psychology training across programs within the school, communications between our psychologists, and assistance to departments’ Grand Rounds committees on psychological content. It engages in activities that connect our clinical and research psychologists, promote their career development, and enhance their value to the University’s health care, research, and educational objectives.