Clinical geropsychology has emerged as a new and growing specialization to meet the needs of the increasing proportion of older adults. The psychology department at The University of Alabama offers a scientist-practitioner focused geropsychology concentration to prepare professionals for research and service with older adults.

Coordinator: Dr. Rebecca Allen

a male-female elderly couple talks with a clinic staff member

CLINICAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The UA Geropsychology Concentration offers a wide variety of clinical training opportunities with older adult populations.  These include:

  1. Geropsychology Clinic (required): Psychology graduate students provide individual and family psychotherapy to older adults in the clinic or in home.  This clinic is one of several specialty clinics in the Department’s Psychology Clinic.
  2. University Medical Center Geriatrics Clinic (required):  Psychology graduate students work as part of an interprofessional team with geriatricians, social workers, pharmacists, and family practice residents to provide assessment within the context of primary care to older adult outpatients.
  3. Mary S. Harper Geriatric Psychiatry Center (potential paid placement):  Psychology graduate students conduct assessment and consultative services and provide group and individual therapy to geriatric psychiatric inpatients.
  4. Elder Law Clinic: Psychology graduate students conduct civil capacity evaluations in the areas of capacity for independent living, capacity to execute advance directives and legal documents, financial capacity, and capacity for caregiving. There also may be opportunity for work in visitation and mediation. This experience provides an excellent opportunity for integrative report writing.
  5. Hospice of West Alabama: Psychology graduate students have the opportunity to work as “volunteers” with individuals receiving hospice care and their family members in-home or in the 15-bed inpatient facility. The opportunity to sit in on bereavement groups is also available.
  6. Safe Harbor Inpatient Hospice at the Birmingham VA: Psychology graduate students have the opportunity to work with an interprofessional team on an inpatient hospice unit at the Birmingham VA. Students provide individual and family therapy and attend interdisciplinary treatment team meetings.