The Train is Leaving the Station: Is Psychology Aboard?

  • Rodger Kessler
  • Barbara Cubic
Introduction to the Special Issue

This special issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (JCPMS) considers integrated care between psychology and primary care. This is not an altogether new subject, as individual journal papers and a range of books discussing aspects of the subject have been published for years. Strong advocates underscoring the importance of providing effective mental health services in primary care settings, such as Nicholas Cummings, William O’Donohue, Kirk Strosahl, Patricia Robinson, Andrew Pomerantz and Alexander Blount, have been trying to wake up the psychology community for years to the dilemmas created by two silos of health care.

Despite previous writings on the subject we think this issue is unique for two reasons. The first is, the collection of papers represents a deconstruction of the construct of integrated care into its essential elements and then each paper addresses the key issues, such as clinical, operational, administrative, financial, training and research...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine, and the Center for Translational ScienceUniversity of Vermont College of MedicineBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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