The Cardiac Psychology Rotation offers training in psychosocial care that is fully integrated into the medical team to promote an interdisciplinary, comprehensive care approach to cardiac arrhythmia patients and their families. Trainees work side by side with psychologists and cardiologists to provide a biopsychosocial model of care at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Assessment and therapy training are provided and additional opportunities to collaborate at Healthsteps-Cardiac Rehabilitation are available.
Supervisor: Sam Sears, Ph.D.
Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic
The Greenville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic is a satellite location for the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center. The Greenville VA clinic provides psychological services to military veterans through the Mental Health Clinic. Training in psychological assessment and therapy includes the provision of services in the Mental Health Clinic, Substance Abuse, and specialty areas of Health Psychology including Smoking Cessation, Insomnia, Pain Management, and Stress Management. The primary theoretical orientations are cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and Seeking Safety.
Supervisors: Dr. Lotus Meshreki; Dr. Natalie Cross
Women's Health Psychology Clinic
This practicum takes place in the Brody Outpatient Center of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as at ECU PASS. The practicum focuses on conducting intake assessments and providing brief, evidence-based psychotherapy to women seeking services at these two locations. Common presenting problems among women seen at this placement include issues with prenatal anxiety and depression, postpartum depression, interpersonal violence experiences, pregnancy complications and fetal loss.
Supervisor: Heather Littleton, Ph.D.
General Adult Neuropsychology
Experience in neuropsychological assessment of patients with various central nervous system disorders including traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, tumor, and multiple sclerosis. A heavy emphasis is placed on geriatrics.
Supervisor: Erik Everhart, Ph.D., ABPP, CBSM
Cherry Hospital, Goldsboro, NC
Cherry Hospital is a 274-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital serving the citizen of 36 eastern North Carolina counties; it is operated by the state of North Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services. Treatment Units include: Adolescent, Adult Acute Admissions, Geriatric Admissions, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Medical, and Tuberculosis. Practicum students gain experience in assessment, participation in treatment team, group therapy, and individual therapy.
Supervisor: Steven Peters, Psy.D.
ECU PASS (Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services)
Located in the department of psychology’s new clinic, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in assessment and treatment of all general clinical and/or health issues the impact well-being. Beginning in the fall of 2010, students will complete psychoeducational treatment groups for smoking cessation to ECU faculty, staff, and community members interested in stopping nicotine dependence. Students will complete individual intake interviews and lead (and co-lead) weekly smoking cessation groups that are empirically validated based on cognitive behavioral therapy. Additional individual therapy cases may be added given the students effectiveness in the group program. Students will receive in vivo and tapped supervision and will engage weekly group and individual supervision.
Director: Anthony Cellucci, Ph.D.
Adult Healthy Weight Clinic
The healthy weight clinic, located in the ECU PASS Clinic, provides assessment and treatment of overweight and obesity through group and/or individual therapy. Patients mainly consist of ECU faculty, staff, and community members. Students will complete individual intake interviews, which consist of an interview, psychosocial measure completion, and a physical assessment including blood pressure, height and weight, waist circumference, and % body fat. Students will also lead (and co-lead) group therapy sessions each week in addition to any individual therapy sessions seen appropriate. Students will be trained in the use of a “small changes” empirically validated treatment approach to weight loss that focuses on smaller weight loss goals through small reasonable changes in their lifestyle patterns in an attempt to promote long-term weight loss maintenance. In this practicum students will engage in both group and individual supervision along with receiving in vivo, taped, and self-report supervision modalities.
Supervisor: Lesley Lutes, Ph.D.
The Behavioral Medicine Rotation takes place in the Family Medicine Center at the Brody School of Medicine. Students will gain experience in integrated primary care, addressing both mental health issues and disease-related psychological care of patients of all ages, through real-time collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Problems routinely seen in rotation will include anxiety, depression, therapeutic adherence, chronic pain, lifestyle management, stress and psychophysiological disorders, helping patients to successfully manage their chronic illness, and management of patients who are high utilizers of healthcare. Significant opportunities exist for learning about medical and behavioral interactions through an extensive didactic curriculum and training seminars.
Supervisor: Dennis C. Russo, Ph.D., ABPP.
NOTE: As part of students’ practicum courses (PSYC 6462, PSYC 6463, PSYC 7995, and PSYC 8460), students are expected to participate in a weekly, one hour long, supervision group under the direction of a clinical faculty member. This supervision group is in addition to the on-site supervision, and is for the purpose of linking the practicum experience with our academic program.
Fort Bragg Site
Students with an interest in Military Psychology have an opportunity to complete a practicum at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, located in Fayetteville, N.C. The practicum is focused on Operational Psychology with emphasis on psychological testing and assessment, as well as interpersonal performance enhancement. Students will work with Army Special Operations Psychologists and Special Forces soldiers. Students interested in this assignment must be willing to work in both indoor and outdoor settings, and be able to obtain a Department of Defense Secret Security clearance. This is a competitive assignment; interviews will be required.
Supervisors: Bruce A. Moyer, Psy.D. is the Fort Bragg site coordinator. Research and clinical interests include psychological assessment, performance enhancement, adaptation under extreme stress, military cultures, and PTSD.
ECU Physicians Health Psychology Service
The Health Psychology Service practicum is located within the Brody School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatric Medicine, and is housed in the Psychiatric Medicine Outpatient Clinic. This practicum offers an immersion experience in pre-surgical and pre-treatment psychological evaluation. Students will receive comprehensive training in health psychology/behavioral medicine assessment and treatment of medically and psychologically complex patient populations including morbidly obese candidates for bariatric surgery, obese patients wishing to enroll in a behavioral weight loss program, renal transplant populations (donors and recipients), patients with Hepatitis C Virus considering antiviral treatment, and chronic pain patients considering spinal cord stimulator implantation. In addition to evaluation/assessment, students also have the opportunity to provide individual and group interventions to these patient populations aimed at improving post-surgical/treatment outcomes. Interdisciplinary care is highlighted, and students have the opportunity to develop consult/liaison skills in interacting with various surgical and medical teams. Interdisciplinary learning opportunities include side-by-side learning with psychiatry residents and medical students in clinic and in available didactic seminars.
Supervisors: Irma Corral, Ph.D., MPH; Brandon Kyle, Ph.D.; Garrett Hazelton, Ph.D.
Rehabilitation Center, Vidant Medical Center
Psychologists in the Rehabilitation Center assess and treat patients in the acute medical center and acute rehabilitation center. Populations have included children, adolescents, and adults exposed to trauma, patients with cancer, chronic pain, chronic medical conditions as well as pre-existing psychiatric diagnoses. Additional services provided in the unit include guardianship evaluations and neuropsychological screening, as well as coordination of services and communication with interdisciplinary teams including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and recreation therapists.
Supervisors: Robert Shelton, Psy.D.; E. Joseph Pacierelli, Psy.D.