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.
Training Programs Include...
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.
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