Competencies for psychology practice in primary care

Susan H. McDanie, Catherine L. Grus, Barbara A. Cubic, Christopher L. Hunter, Lisa K. Kearney, Catherine C. Schuman, Michele J. Karel, Rodger S. Kessler, Kevin T. Larkin, Stephen McCutcheon, Benjamin F. Miller, Justin Nash, Sara H. Qualls, Kathryn Sanders Connolly, Terry Stancin, Annette L. Stanton, Lynne A. Sturm, Suzanne Bennett Johnson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

155 Scopus citations


This article reports on the outcome of a presidential initiative of 2012 American Psychological Association President Suzanne Bennett Johnson to delineate competencies for primary care (PC) psychology in six broad domains: science, systems, professionalism, relationships, application, and education. Essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes are described for each PC psychology competency. Two behavioral examples are provided to illustrate each competency. Clinical vignettes demonstrate the competencies in action. Delineation of these competencies is intended to inform education, practice, and research in PC psychology and efforts to further develop team-based competencies in PC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-429
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Competence
  • Education
  • Primary care
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Competencies for psychology practice in primary care'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this