Behavioral Medicine/Adult Concentration

Facts/Data

  • 6 tenure-track or tenured behavioral medicine concentration faculty
  • 8 ongoing external research grants with behavioral medicine faculty as PI(s), totaling approximately 7 million dollars in direct costs
  • 66 peer-reviewed publications authored by behavioral medicine faculty between January 2017 and August 2018
  • 21 peer-reviewed publications first- or second-authored by behavioral medicine students between January 2017 and August 2018
  • 100% of behavioral medicine students have matched with APA-accredited internship sites over the past three years 

Research Overview

From the start of their graduate training, students in the behavioral medicine concentration have opportunities to be intensively involved in research. Behavioral medicine students were first or second author on 21 peer-reviewed publications with core clinical faculty between January 2017 and August 2018. Many of the behavioral medicine faculty are recognized as national and international experts, have served as associate editors for highly ranked journals (e.g. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Psychophysiology, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth), and provide consultation to federal agencies. One ongoing, grant-funded project is focused on training clinical psychology doctoral students to deliver brief intervention, consultation and assessment services in a primary care medical setting. Many rich datasets have been generated as a result of this study, providing numerous opportunities for student collaboration and publication.

Clinical Training Overview

The training model for behavioral medicine students at VCU is systematic and comprehensive, characterized by exposure to general adult individual therapy followed by on-campus rotations on specialty teams including Primary Care Psychology (see VCU Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative website) and/or Anxiety Clinic, and culminating in specialized training through off-campus, community-based practicums. As core clinical faculty supervise the on-campus clinics, students quickly discover how research is used to inform clinical practice and gain experience in state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments. A diverse range of intervention and assessment experiences are offered, including but not limited to, treatment for chronic depression, brief interventions within the primary care setting, cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, and comprehensive assessment and evaluation of psychopathology. The behavioral medicine concentration has partnered with several agencies and medical centers within the greater Richmond community to offer students specialized training such as evaluation and treatment of adults with acute or chronic health conditions, neuropsychological assessment, and work with forensic populations.