Integrated Primary Care Interest Group


Integrated Primary Care Interest Group


  1. Education and Training:
  • Support training and professional development needs of psychologists and allied professionals for integrated primary care
  • Advance development and dissemination of the FREE Graduate School Training Curriculum intended to jumpstart student exposure to IPC
  • Promote standards, guidelines, competencies, and certification processes that strengthen and advance the clinical and professional practice of integrated primary care
  1. Program and Research Development:
  • Encourage, support and guide research efforts that contribute to the growing body of evidence for IPC
  • Support development of IPC business models and practice management resources
  1. Diversity:
  • Develop and promote education related to underserved populations and IPC
  • Support efforts to further develop cultural competencies among allied health professionals as they are related to the unique practices and research of IPC
  • Promote and extend research investigating models of integrated care in addressing the needs of under-served populations
  • Address chronic diseases among underserved populations when facing a natural disaster
  • Advocate for the inclusion and advancement of minority and diverse professionals within IPC
  1. Advocacy and Collaboration Efforts:
  • Promote opportunities for advocacy on behalf of IPC psychologists at the state and national levels to support the universal provision of IPC
  • Develop and strengthen collaborative relationships with other APA divisions and councils working in the area of integrated primary care
  • Collaborate on efforts to advance the science and practice of IPC with other organizations such as Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) IPC SIG and Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA)




  • The Primary Care Psychology Directory is available:

  • The Integrated Primary Care Psychology Curriculum continues to expand(

  • The IPC IG is seeking leads for a subcommittee dedicated to improving and promoting understanding and education of the critical role of IPC in meeting the needs of these historically underserved populations/communities. The goal of the group is to develop, coordinate, and implement efforts to improve research and education in this area. If you are interested in contributing to these efforts, please email to get in contact with the chair.
  • Practice Management and Leadership Development Subcommittee. 
  • We invite you to join our group to discuss integrated primary care best practice initiatives, share established resources and to help standardize and grow the field. 

Current members consist of highly experienced psychologists and those of us who are day one on the job. We welcome all skill sets and offer mentorship to those new to the field and to anyone interested in the field. Our intent is to connect emerging leaders of all developmental levels in the setting of IPC. 

  • For Early Career Psychologists, we offer guidance and mentorship intended to assist as you enter your career in IPC including helping to establish a culture of IPC in your clinic 
  • To mid and late career psychologist entering IPC we offer answers to the many questions you may have in your new specialty such as exploring business models 
  • Seasoned IPC Psychologist will find utility in being updated on national trends, strategic financial models, sharing their expertise and developing points of entry in practice where psychologists are typically underrepresented in integrated primary care. 

*The Practice Management and Leadership Development Subcommittee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 9 AM ET/8AM CT 

  • Integrated Primary Care Education and Consultation Series
  •       The Integrated Primary Care Education and Consultation series is a partnership between SBM IPC SIG, APA Div 38 and Div 54, and CFHA R&E committee. This series provides an educational tidbit/discussion on some aspect of conducting program evaluations or research within integrated primary care followed by an open discussion on any topic, where people can bring questions and share about their program evaluation and/or research efforts. Everyone should consider coming as how to engage stakeholders in collecting data, how to design your evaluation, what measures to utilize, etc. are commonly discussed. All are invited!

 Past Educational tidbits:


  •       Let’s Talk about Recipes and How those Implementing PCBH can help Refine this Recipe, check out FSH December editorial for more in-depth discussion
  •       Early Career Professional: Implementation strategies to address patients who accept a referral but don’t show up (Emily Fu)
  •       Practical recommendations for conducting implementation and evaluation projects on clinical interventions in healthcare settings (Dez Moskal, Jacob Scharer).
  •       Self-reported confidence and attitudes regarding locally developed buprenorphine waiver curriculum for MDs (Dan Mullin)

·       If you would like to present your project or are interested in attending, please contact the IPC leadership team via Barbara Keeton at

IPC Leadership Team:

Chair: Yajaira Johnson-Esparza, PhD 

Early Career Associate Chairs: Brittany Houston, PsyD

Student Representative: Noelle Mastrili, MA

**If you are interested in joining the IPC IG, please email