Health Psychology Track | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The Health Psychology Track within the School of Graduate Psychology combines the academic, research, and clinical experiences necessary to prepare students for work as an allied health provider in healthcare settings and with medical patients. Working in medical settings requires additional training and experiences beyond the generalist training we already provide. Between 30 and 80 percent of primary care office visits are estimated to result from the complex interplay of psychological factors and medical issues. Functioning in an interdisciplinary setting requires facility with skills and populations that are both inclusive of and different from traditional psychology training. Through integrated coursework, research, and practicum experiences, Health Psychology Track students will be competitive for internship, prepared for their clinical trajectory, and able to function in a complex workplace.

Faculty areas of clinical and research specialization include but are not limited to the following: patient-provider communication, tailored healthcare communications, mind-body interactions, perceptions of medical patients, psycho physiological disorders, psychological factors affecting medical conditions, work in interdisciplinary settings, pre-surgical psychological evaluations, pain assessment and treatment, weight management, biofeedback, gender and health, mindfulness with medical populations, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation psychology, and primary care psychology.


Jennifer R. Antick, PhD | Director

Asani Seawell, PhD

Katherine Elder, PhD

Ruth Zuniga, PhD

Required Courses (2017 cohort and later)

In addition to the regularly required courses within the general SGP curriculum, the following track-specific courses are required:

  • GPSY 850 | Health Psychology
  • GPSY 826 | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • GPSY 858 | Brief Psychotherapies
  • GPSY 824 | Neuropsychological Assessment +Lab (GPSY 834) OR GPSY 832 Multicultural Assessment
  • GPSY 751 | Psychological Assessment & Management of Chronic Pain
  • GPSY 853 | Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • GPSY 750 | Health Psych Seminar

Recommended Courses

  • GPSY 845 | Family Therapy
  • GPSY 809 | Pediatric Psychology
  • CHP interdisciplinary courses, as available


Other Requirements

  • Dissertation in health psychology, theory or practice acceptable, empirical elements required. Research activity beyond the dissertation is expected, including presentations, attempts at publication, student-level participation in professional organizations and assisting other students and track faculty in their research efforts.
  • Practicum II, Clinical Fieldwork in Health Psychology Track placements and internship with a health psychology major rotation. Current placement is under the direction of the DCT in coordination with track director.