The Medical Psychology CPU of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has over 100 faculty members, making it one of the largest academic groups of behavioral and neuroscientists in the world. All psychologists in the School of Medicine hold their primary academic appointment in Medical Psychology. Faculty members participate in and or lead research programs that reside in neurology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, pediatrics as well as the DCRI. In addition to research, the Medical Psychology also has an active clinical program that mirrors the research focus of the faculty. Research and clinical foci include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bariatric surgery and obesity, behavioral genetics, behavioral medicine, behavioral toxicology, child and adolescent development, nicotine research, caffeine research, cognitive behavior therapy, eating disorders, family therapy, neuropsychology, organ transplant, pain management, and trauma.
Medical Psychology faculty are involved in the training of both psychiatry residents as well as psychology interns. The psychology intern program is now one of the largest in the country with 12 funded training slots. Training opportunities are extremely diverse and span the wide range of clinical and research programs listed above.
Faculty members from Medical Psychology not only play a role in many other departments of the School of Medicine, but also participate in other programs throughout the University. Some faculty members hold joint appointments in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and others in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. One of the Division’s most prominent roles outside of the School of Medicine is its involvement in the clinical psychology graduate program, which resides in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The involvement of the Division’s faculty provides the program with unparalleled resources for both clinical and research training in the all of the research and clinical areas listed above. The program is listed in the top programs in clinical psychology by U.S. News and World Report.