Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



First Advisor

Kristi S. Van Sickle

Second Advisor

Richard T. Elmore Jr.

Third Advisor

John Frongillo

Fourth Advisor

Mary Beth Kenkel


The current study surveyed 39 supervisors of primary care (PC) psychology trainees at the practicum, internship, and postdoctoral levels regarding various aspects of training, including structure and techniques used, expected competencies, perceived barriers, and their own supervision training received. These results provide a descriptive analysis of current practices of the sampled PC psychology supervisors, which are intended to inform development of best practices in supervision of PC psychology trainees. No statistically significant group differences between training levels regarding the number of competencies trainees were expected to achieve prior to program entry were found; however, sample size was a limitation. Implications for current trainers and supervisors in PC psychology are offered, in the context of precepting as a useful technique and approach to supervision of PC psychology trainees.


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