Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 430–433

Civilian Primary Care Prescribing Psychologist in an Army Medical Center


DOI: 10.1007/s10880-012-9342-z

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Shearer, D.S. J Clin Psychol Med Settings (2012) 19: 430. doi:10.1007/s10880-012-9342-z


The present article discusses the integration of a civilian prescribing psychologist into a primary care clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center. A description of the role of the prescribing psychologist in this setting is provided. The author asserts that integrating prescribing psychology into primary care can improve patient access to skilled behavioral health services including psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment. Potential benefits to the primary care providers (PCPs) working in primary care clinics are discussed. The importance of collaboration between the prescribing psychologist and PCP is emphasized. Initial feedback indicates that integration of a prescribing psychologist into primary care has been well received in this setting.


Prescribing psychologistArmy behavioral healthPrimary care psychologyIntegrated behavioral health consultant

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineMadigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA