Psychology

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  • Division of Psychology

    The Division of Psychology in UMMC's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior is led by Dr. Scott F. Coffey and is currently staffed by 10 full-time clinical psychologists. Of these faculty psychologists, three are child/pediatric psychologists, one is a neuropsychologist, and the other six positions are adult clinical psychologists. This does not include eight clinical psychologists at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veteran Affairs  Medical Center, all of whom are part of the Clinical Psychology Residency Training Consortium. The nationally recognized Clinical Psychology Residency Training Consortium has nine clinical psychology residents and four post-doctoral fellows.

    The division has a rich history of conducting clinical research. Current areas of research include substance abuse disorders (Dr. Courtney Bagge, Dr. Scott Coffey, Dr. Kim L. Gratz, Dr. Julie Schumacher, Dr. Matthew Tull); anxiety disorders (Dr. Scott Coffey, Dr. Matthew Tull, Dr. Andres Viana), particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (Dr. Scott Coffey, Dr. Matthew Tull); intimate partner violence (Dr. Julie Schumacher); motivational interviewing (Dr. Julie Schumacher); children's psychological response to chronic illness, especially cancer (Dr. David Elkin); sleep disorders (Dr. Julie Schumacher); personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder (Dr. Kim L. Gratz); suicide (Dr. Courtney Bagge); obesity (Dr. Leiani Greening); behavioral medicine, particularly headache (Dr. Don Penzien); and neuropsychology (Dr. Judy O’Jile).

    Division of Psychology faculty members are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and other state, national and private foundations that support research efforts. In addition, faculty are members of numerous editorial boards, are members of National Institutes of Health Study Sections (i.e., grant review), and provide ad hoc grant review for numerous federal agencies and foundations.

    Division of Psychology faculty, residents and fellows provide diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative services to the child psychiatry inpatient unit, Batson Children's Hospital, adult psychiatry inpatient services and in a variety of adult outpatient programs. They work closely with other departments in the School of Medicine, including the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Family Medicine, Neurosurgery, and with faculty from the School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry.

    In addition, all faculty members participate in medical student education and in the didactic series of the departmental residency program. The division's faculty members provide clinical case supervision to psychology residents and engage in basic and clinical research and related scholarly activities. Within the Clinical Psychology Residency Training Consortium, psychology faculty members provide substantial research opportunities to residents, excellent training in evidence-based treatment for psychological disorders, and extensive training in grant writing. Strong research productivity, excellent clinical care, professionalism and collegiality are valued in this division.