Psychologists in Academic Health Centers and Medical Centers: Being Visible, Relevant and Integral

Barry A. Hong, William N. Robiner

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Psychologists play key roles in academic health centers. This article is an outgrowth of a presentation at the 2015 Conference of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers addressing various strategies by which psychologists can effectively adapt to and develop successful careers in medical schools, academic health centers, and teaching hospitals. The authors encourage early career and mid-career psychologists in academic health centers to be active, engaged members of their institutions and to participate in multiple aspects of the research, educational, and clinical missions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
On a personal level, being a patient advocate greatly advanced the first author’s professional skills and reputation. Early clinical responsibilities involved hemodialysis patients and potential renal transplant patients. His first funded research grants came from the Missouri Kidney Program and became the basis for larger, national and federal grant applications. In addition, he accepted invitations for speaking engagements and served on committees of patient organizations. This led to becoming active in the Federal regional End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) network which involved several States. These patient advocate relationships led to serving as a consultant and advisor to numerous kidney organizations, to Health and Welfare Canada and to the National Institutes of Health. It also yielded the privileges of serving as a program advisor, grant recipient and grant reviewer for the Division of Organ Transplantation, Health Research and Services Agency (HRSA).

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© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Academic Health Centers
  • Career
  • Health Psychology
  • Medical Schools


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