Congratulations are in order for the MU Rural Health Psychology Training program, which received the American Psychological Foundation’s (APF) 2019 National Register Award.

Dr. Eric Hart, Associate Department Chair for the Department of Health Psychology, submitted the proposal for the $15,000 grant, which will go toward the cost of training an intern in the health psychology department.

Among hundreds of psychology predoctoral internship programs available in North America, Dr. Hart’s proposal was recognized among the top 3 in the US and Canada in this highly competitive arena.

The MU Rural Health Psychology Training Program, housed in the MU Department of Health Psychology, is funded in large part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to offer interdisciplinary training to psychologists who have completed doctoral-level coursework. The training program equips psychologists with skills in primary care, chronic health conditions, and interdisciplinary intervention to improve rural access to cutting-edge psychological assessment and treatment.

According to the APF website, this award is specifically for funding new internship slots, and the evaluation criteria includes provision of service to traditionally underserved populations and training in integrated care.