Division of Psychology

Psychology’s role in a health care setting

The Department of Psychiatry employs psychologists who play an important role in patient care, education, and scholarly work. Psychologists typically have a doctoral degree in psychology and those who provide clinical services are licensed by the state. Psychologists are increasingly in demand in health care settings because their training prepares them to contribute in multiple ways, including: psychological testing, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, teaching, and research.

In the Department of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Health Care Medical Center, the Division of Psychology is active in research, teaching and clinical services with both adults and children. Faculty psychologists are committed to excellence in all three areas. For example, a psychologist may teach a seminar to residents and fellows, see patients in the clinic several days a week, and engage in research to advance scientific knowledge. This translates into expert care for individual patients and cutting edge contributions to science.