Integrated Primary Care Interest Group

Society for Health Psychology

Group Focus

The Integrated Primary Care (IPC) Interest Group (IG) provides a forum for SfHP members working in primary care settings to connect and share resources.


  1. Education and Training
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

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.

Historically Underserved Populations/Communities Subcommitee

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.

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!

Interested in joining the IPC Interest Group?

Connect with health psychologists

We invite you to join our group to discuss best practices in IPC, share resources, and grow the field. We welcome members with all levels of experience and all skill sets. We are particularly seeking individuals with interests in historically underserved populations/communities.


IPC Resources

Population Health

Population Health

The culture and demands of primary care are unique. Psychologists making the transition to integrated primary care (IPC) must be able to adopt the primary care culture and adjust to the demands of primary care if they are to effectively integrate into the team. A...

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Primary Care Training Opportunities

Primary Care Training Opportunities

It can be difficult to find psychology training opportunities specifically focused on primary care. Fortunately, the APA has compiled a list of doctoral, internship and postdoctoral programs that offer training in primary care psychology! We hope that this will make...

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Interest Group Leadership

  • Yajaira Johnson-Esparza, PhD
  • Brittany Houston, PsyD
    Early Career Associate Chair
  • Noelle Mastrili, MA
    Student Representative