The Psychology Department
The mission of Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living (IOL), Hartford Hospital's Department of Psychiatry, is to promote, restore, and maintain the health of all people we serve. The Psychology Department is a highly valued and core part of the Institute of Living, with its own leadership structure. The Director of Psychology, along with other IOL operational leaders, reports to the Vice President of Operations. Within the Psychology Department, the Director of Training reports to the Director of Psychology. A full-time Administrative Associate is also dedicated to the department to support trainees and psychology leadership. The Director of Psychology has clinical, operational, supervisory, and administrative responsibilities for training, Psychological/Neuropsychological Testing, Health Psychology, and the Anxiety Disorders Center. All psychologists hired within Hartford Hospital report to the Director of Psychology for discipline-specific issues, professional education, licensing, continuing education as necessary, and credentialing. Psychologists in the Hartford HealthCare system report clinically to the supervisors in their respective areas of emphasis.
The faculty of the Department of Psychology at the IOL consists of more than 60 doctoral level psychologists, 8 Interns, 10-12 Residents, and numerous practicum students from local universities. The department's theoretical perspective is integrative and eclectic with major emphases in psychodynamic psychology (ego psychology, self-psychology, object relations and attachment psychology), cognitive behavioral psychology, systems theory (emphasizing group and family theory and practice), and behavioral psychology. Our psychologists span a wide range of clinical and research expertise, including group psychotherapy, neuropsychological and psychological assessment, health psychology, child and adolescent psychology, substance abuse, trauma, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and serious mental illness, autism, suicide prevention, family therapy, and psychoanalytic psychology. Active research spans across many of these areas as well as within the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center.
Members of the Psychology Department are clinically embedded throughout many programs within the IOL, including our Adult and Child/Adolescent inpatient psychiatric units, the Grace Webb School (our on-site therapeutic school program), and many of our specialty partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient (PHP/IOP) programs such as Young Adult Services, the LGBTQ+ “Right Track” program, the Professionals program, the Older Adult program, the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, and DBT. IOL psychologists are also prominently represented in our outpatient services, including the Anxiety Disorders Center, Psychological/ Neuropsychological Testing service, and the division of Health Psychology, where many psychologists are clinically integrated into Hartford Healthcare medical practices such as Surgical and Medical Weight Loss, Transplant, the Headache Center, the Pain Treatment Center, the Bone and Joint Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute.