Introduction to the special section from recent association of psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) Programs

Robert K. Klepac, Kim E. Dixon

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Abstract

The Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) offers programming at the annual American Psychological Association (APA) conventions as well as periodic APAHC conferences. Participants from academic health centers across the country convened in St. Louis, Missouri, October 15-17, 2009, for the 4th National Conference of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC). The title of the conference was ''Psychologists in Academic Health Centers: Facing Tomorrow's Challenges to AHC Programs and Careers.'' Efforts were made to include topics relevant to academic health center (AHC) practice including the unique challenges of working in AHCs and issues pertinent to the different stages of AHC careers. To facilitate networking, opportunities for discussion among conferees and presenters with shared interests and concerns were provided throughout the conference. This paper introduces the special section of JCPMS dedicated to the conference and provides a brief overview of its development and organization. Articles selected for inclusion represent a sampling of the four conference themes: (1) challenges to AHC programs, (2) staying current in critical clinical areas, (3) professional issues and challenges, and (4) challenges to developing careers. Post-conference evaluation data are presented as evidence of the need for further conferences with similar foci. The programming offered by APAHC at the APA convention in San Diego in 2010 built on the themes offered at the 2009 APAHC conference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • APAHC
  • Academic health centers
  • Career stages
  • Conference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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