The Institute of Living
Director of Psychology and Training:
James C. DeGiovanni, Ph.D.
Phone: (860) 545-7167
Fax: (860) 545-7222
Email: James.DeGiovanni@hhchealth.org
For information pertaining to APA accreditation, please contact:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC  20002-4242
(T) 202-336-5979  (F) 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
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The mission of Hartford Hospital and The Institute of Living is to promote, restore, and maintain the health of all people we serve.  In support of this mission, the purpose of the Psychology Department is to provide high-quality treatment and assessment services to all patients, and to provide training in clinical psychology and neuropsychology.

About the Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department, within the Department of Psychiatry, has its own leadership with the Director of Psychology reporting to the Medical Director and the Director of Training reporting to the Director of Psychology. Psychology training is subsumed under one budget administered by the Director of Psychology. A full time Administrative Assistant is available to the trainees and the two Directors. Both Directors of Psychology and Training have clinical, supervisory, administrative responsibilities and are also integrated into training programs throughout the hospital but especially with teaching and supervisory training of Residents in the Department of Psychiatry’s Residency training programs. All psychologists hired in the Hartford Healthcare system report to the Director of Psychology for discipline specific issues, professional education, licensing, continuing education as necessary, credentialing and overseeing any discipline specific ethical and professional issues. Psychologists in the Hartford Health Care system report clinically to the supervisors in their respective areas of emphasis.

The faculty of the Department of Psychology at the IOL consists of 24 FTEs and 10 part time doctoral level psychologists, six interns, and 9 Residents. The department's theoretical perspective is integrative and eclectic with major emphases in psychodynamic psychology (ego psychology, self psychology, object relations and attachment psychology), cognitive behavioral psychology, systems theory (emphasizing group and family theory and practice and Bion, I/O communications dynamics), and behavioral psychology. We have a strong Group Psychotherapy training emphasis at the IOL and both the Directors of Psychology and Training teach and supervise these methods across the whole IOL system of care. Members of the Psychology section currently carry treatment responsibilities in the Child and Adolescent Division, Adult inpatient and outpatient division, the General Psychiatry Service, Rehabilitation and Head Injury Service, and in Geriatric Services. Expertise in the areas of group psychotherapy, addictions, neuropsychological assessment, health psychology, psychological assessment, substance abuse treatment, forensic psychology, sexual health, head injury, trauma/abuse, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, brief therapy, pediatric consultation, and psychoanalytic psychology exists within the Psychology Department. Active research in the Psychology section include areas of neuropsychological correlates of schizophrenia and affective disorders, attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, group psychotherapy, sexual perversions and addiction, gender dysphoria in children and adults, treatment of impaired and distressed professionals and clergy, borderline personality disorders (using DBT), the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, health psychology and psychological assessment.

For More Information, contact...

Department of Psychology
Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital
200 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 545-7167
James.DeGiovanni@hhchealth.org