Primary Care Health Psychology Fellowship

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Professional Development

Professional development is a fellowship priority. The professional development domain of the training program is designed to synchronize the clinical, teaching, and research experiences and prepare the fellow for their future career as a psychologist. Much of the group supervision curriculum focuses on topics related to ethics, campus citizenship, collegial communication, guild participation, curriculum vitae development, job searching, career mentorship, job negotiation, and financial planning.

Fellows are encouraged to participate in activities to enhance their career development, including peer-reviewing scientific manuscripts, providing community-based health promotion and education services, becoming involved in relevant legislation, and participating as a member of the UMMC Institutional Review Board. Some past fellows who wanted to expand their knowledge base have taken courses offered on the UMMC campus, such as advanced pathophysiology. Fellowship faculty are eager to assist fellows in locating professional development opportunities that will prepare them for the next stages of their careers.


Fellows have a minimum of two hours individual supervision and two hours of group supervision per week. Fellows have both a primary and secondary supervisor.

Individual supervision with the primary supervisor focuses on clinical contacts, while the secondary supervisor focuses on professional development and matriculation through the fellowship.

Group supervision provides opportunities to share unique clinical experiences, discuss relevant literature, and focus on professional development topics. Group supervision utilizes a team approach.


The fellowship under Dr. Molly Clark’s tenure maintains a 100% passage rate on the EPPP. Across the training period, licensure preparation and attainment, as well as national credentialing, are encouraged and supported. The department purchases a preparatory study program for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).

Fellows usually begin their EPPP preparation early in their year with the goal of passing the written examination. The fellowship director aids fellows with the licensure application process, development of EPPP preparation goals, and the provision of study time. Our previous fellows have been successful in both of these competitive applications processes.