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Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

Friday, December 14, 2012  |  Contact: Beth Butler, (225) 342-4702

This announcement solicits applications for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program. This program supports doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and underserved populations.  For the purposes of this funding announcement, vulnerable and underserved populations include, but are not limited to, those populations in rural areas, children and adolescents, the elderly, victims of abuse, the chronically ill, disabled, returning war veterans, military personnel and their families, and tribal populations.  The program will foster an integrated and interprofessional approach to addressing access to behavioral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.  Section 791 of the PHS Act authorizes a Medically Underserved Community (MUC) Funding Preference for this program.  To receive the MUC funding preference, eligible applicants must specifically request the funding preference in Attachment 7, meet the MUC preference requirements, and rank above the 20th percentile of applications recommended for approval, as described in section V.2 of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The GPE Program supports American Psychology Association (APA) accredited: 1) graduate training schools and programs targeting doctoral psychology students interested in clinical practice with vulnerable and underserved populations, and 2) state and local governments, public or private nonprofit entities with pre-degree internships for students enrolled in a doctoral psychology program to advance their preparation in a more defined area of clinical and interprofessional practice.  The changing health care landscape necessitates that educational curriculum and practice competencies be much more closely aligned.  The student/trainee should experience a seamless transition in their application of theory and knowledge to their clinical work.  

Closing Date for Applications:  Feb. 8, 2013


Eligible Applicants

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education;
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments);
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education;
Private institutions of higher education; and
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification).

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Eligible applicants must be 1) psychology schools and programs with doctoral programs in clinical and/or counseling psychology or 2) state and local governments, or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities serving vulnerable and underserved

 Agency Name

Health Resources & Services Administration