The Socially Responsible Practitioner

Neil Bockian, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Adler School’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Chicago, and directs its concentration in primary care and behavioral medicine psychology. He is a practicing clinical psychologist, with extensive expertise in treating patients with medical problems such as chronic pain, spinal cord injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions.

Behavioral medicine and primary care psychology constitute the fastest-growing areas in clinical psychology.  Although overlapping in practice, behavioral medicine is the use of behavioral and psychological interventions to ameliorate disease—while primary care psychology is the integration of psychologists into medical settings in order to provide more timely, accessible mental health care to the general population. 

The Adler School concentration provides training in both, because the need to better integrate psychologists into the healthcare arena is highly evident.  With healthcare costs spiraling out of control, our society is desperately seeking ways to reduce the burden. …

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