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Welcome to CCHPTP!

Welcome to the website of the Council of Clinical Health Psychologist Training Programs.

CCHPTP is an organization of graduate, internship, postdoctoral, and post-licensure programs and individuals that provide clinical health psychology training.


CCHPTP is a member of the Clinical Health Psychology Specialty Council


Other member organizations of this council include:

Members of Clincal Health Psychology Specialty Council

Society for Health Psychology

APA Division 38

Association of Psychologist in Academic Health Centers

Society for Counseling Psychology - Health Psychology Section

APA Division 17

American Board of Clinical Health Psychology


Learn More About CCHPTP

The specialty of Clinical Health Psychology applies to scientific knowledge of the interrelations among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological components in health and disease to the promotion and maintenance of health; the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness and disability; and the improvement of the health care system.  The distinct focus of Clinical Health Psychology is on physical health problems.  The specialty is dedicated to the development of knowledge regarding the interface between behavior and health, and to the delivery of high quality services based on that knowledge to individuals, families, and health care systems (from CRSPP petition, Archival Description of Clinical Health Psychology).  In theory, training, and practice, professionals involved in the field of clinical health psychology strive to understand the roles of gender, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, and other dimensions of diversity in people's lives.

The primary objectives of CCHPTP are to promote:

1. The scientific basis of clinical health psychology;

2. Education and training in and use of assessment and intervention procedures in clinical health psychology that are empirically supported;

3. Education and training in evidence-based practice, which is a process of clinical decision making that involves the integration of best available research evidence with clinical expertise and patient preference and characteristics;

4. Research regarding the validation of assessment and treatment techniques as well as any other research of interest to clinical health psychologists;

5. Education and training in the research methodology for developing and evaluating new assessment and intervention procedures in clinical health psychology;

6. Dissemination of information, exchange of views, collection of data, and facilitation of communication concerning education and training in clinical  health psychology;

7. Participation in the formulation of policies concerning clinical health psychology education and training;

8. Representation of CCHPTP programs within organizations relevant to graduate and postgraduate education in clinical health psychology;

9. Consultation in clinical health psychology education and training to other scientific and professional organizations; and

10. Cooperation with other organizations concerned with clinical health psychology.


Early Beginnings

Shortly after the petition to create the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association (now named the Society for Health Psychology) was approved in 1978, considerable interest arose regarding this emerging area of science and practice.  As psychologists drawn to this extension of the science of psychology into the health care arena sought out professional colleagues with common interests by joining the new division (Division 38), it quickly became apparent that the discipline needed to enumerate the distinctive competencies required for functioning effectively as health psychologists.  With funding from the Carnegie Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the new division planned, organized, and held the National Working Conference on Education and Training in Health Psychology at the Arden House Conference Center in Harriman, NY, in 1983. 

The Arden House

The Arden House Conference

An overview of the primary decisions of the 57 participants at the Arden House Conference was provided by Neal Miller (1983). One of the most important decisions was the endorsement of two training options: scientist and scientist-practitioner, now referred to as health psychology and clinical health psychology, respectively.  Because health psychologists distinguish themselves from other professions encountered in the modern health care environment through their training in research and program evaluation, a solid foundation in conducting research was required of all who entered the work force as health or clinical health psychologists.  From its inception, a professional camaraderie existed between health psychology scientists and those trained to practice clinical health psychology, both members of an APA division that fully embraced both the science and its application.  A practitioner model of training that failed to include the acquisition of competencies in conducting research was not considered a viable or desirable model for promoting the science of health psychology, particularly within a health care environment where expertise in research and program evaluation was critical.  Additionally, the importance of having both a broad foundation of knowledge of the discipline of psychology and interdisciplinary knowledge from related fields was embraced by meeting participants.  Of course, there were distinctive competencies of health psychology discussed as well, including an understanding of how the health care system works, knowledge of various clinical symptoms and pathophysiology, exposure to the mores and vocabulary of the health care setting, and knowledge concerning public health and health policy (for a comprehensive report of the conference proceedings, see Stone et al., 1987).

Arden House Outcomes

The Working Group on Predoctoral Education/Doctoral Training spent their time at Arden House enumerating the required scientific foundations of both health psychologists and clinical health psychologists during the early stages of graduate training.  Their resulting product highlighted the biopsychosocial model that has guided the education of both health and clinical health psychologists since the inception of the specialty area.  Not only were core knowledge and skill-based competencies inclusive of the biological, psychological, and social realms of psychology required, but a second tier of knowledge and skill-based competencies were required in the complementary areas of biological, psychological, and social influences on health and disease, the provision of health care, and formation of health policy.  Although health and clinical health psychologists-in-training shared content of graduate study with educational programs from other areas of psychology, they also needed to acquire competencies unique to understanding health and disease and working with patients experiencing health care problems that extended beyond the provision of mental health care.

Council of Directors of Health Psychology Training

Naturally, the Working Group knew that clinical health psychologists needed an additional set of competencies beyond those acquired by their health psychology peers that enabled them to apply their knowledge of health psychology to work with patients, patient’s families, and members of the health care team to assess and treat the broad range of health problems seen in the health care environment.  Much of these practical skills were best acquired while completing practicum experiences, field placements, and internships in health care settings.

Participants of the Arden House Conference devised the blueprints for the fields of health psychology and clinical health psychology that would serve us well for decades.  Before leaving Harriman, NY, these influential leaders knew their work was not over.  A mechanism was needed to maintain the momentum launched at this meeting to ensure that health and clinical health psychologists-in-training acquired the proper competencies to function in health care settings as they began tCouncil of Directors of Health Psychology Trainingheir careers.  In this regard, the meeting participants endorsed the development of the Council of Directors of Health Psychology Training (CDHPT), a non-profit organization charged with the goal of ensuring the educational training models that were established at Arden House had ongoing support.  Additionally, this group aimed to advocate for strong educational standards when they inevitably would confront shrinking dollars devoted to educational enterprises and to challenge potential threats aimed at providing sub-standard care for patients seen in health care settings.  The Council of Directors of Health Psychology Training was incorporated and comprised of representatives from the leading health and clinical health psychology training programs around the United States (see 1990-91 membership roster [link to CDHPT Membership.1990.pdf]).  They met annually during APA Conventions for many years, until falling into a relatively dormant state by the end of the 20th century. 

The Tempe Summit

The Tempe Summit on Education and Training in Clinical Health Psychology

Recognizing the importance of maintaining solid educational standards for programs that trained health and clinical health psychologists at the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral levels, the Education and Training Council of Division 38 approached the Board of Directors of the division in 2007 to request funding to sponsor the Tempe Summit on Education and Training in Clinical Health Psychology (see France, Masters, Belar, Kerns, Klonoff, Larkin, Smith, Suchday, & Thorn, 2008).  The primary purpose of this meeting was to revise and update the standards of graduate curricula and training in clinical health psychology and bring the work of Arden House into the 21st century.  In particular, because the educational community within the entire science of psychology was making great strides in enumerating the competencies required for the practice of health service psychology (e.g., Fouad, Grus, Hatcher, Kaslow, Hutchings, Madson, Collins, & Crossman, 2009), clinical health psychology needed to be a strong voice in this conversation.  The goals of the Tempe Summit were to: “(1) bring interested parties together to begin a dialogue on issues of curriculum and training, and (2) explore the possibility of establishing a standing Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Directors” (France et al., 2008, p. 575).  The Board approved the request and 20 leading educators in health and clinical health psychology training programs were invited to attend the Tempe Summit in March of 2007.  During the summit meeting, participants assembled into three groups to review and enumerate the essential competencies associated with the specialty practice of clinical health psychology.  One group defined competencies in assessment/diagnosis/case conceptualization and intervention, a second group defined competencies in research/evaluation and consultation, and the final group defined supervision/teaching and management/administration competencies.  The complete list of competencies was reported by France et al. (2008).


Birth of CCHPTP

At the time of the Tempe Summit, the annual meetings of the Council of Directors of Health Psychology Training were no longer occurring and conversations regarding the education of health service psychologists were occurring without representation from health psychology.  Recognizing that it was essential that clinical health programs had a voice in these conversations, Tempe Summit participants developed a plan to re-invigorate the existing training council that would serve to represent clinical health psychology at national meetings as well as facilitate regular meetings of educators who trained clinical health psychologists in doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral fellowship programs around the country.  To serve this function, the training council was revived and re-incorporated under the new name of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP, acronym pronounced “chip-tip”).

2008 and beyond
Launching of CCHPTP

The Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP)

Just a few months following the Tempe Summit, CCHPTP was incorporated as a non-profit educational agency.  Joining with Society for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the APA) and the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology, CCHPTP serves as the critical voice for educational programs in comprising the Clinical Health Psychology Specialty Council.  CCHPTP program representatives have met annually since being launched, with programs focusing on various themes relevant to the education and training of clinical health psychologists (see table below). 


CCHPTP Board of Directors


Chief Psychologist, Director, Yale New Haven Hospital


Director, Clinical Health Psychology
VA Connecticut Healthcare System


Professor, University of Georgia

Past Chair

Children's of Minnesota, Professional Staff

Board Member

Associate Program Director

Board Member

Director of Clinical Training, Behavioral Medicine Center

Student Rep - Doctoral

Behavioral Medicine Fellow
Yale School of Medicine - Yale New-Haven Hospital

Student Representative - Doctoral

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology University of Connecticut

Student Representative - Doctoral

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology 

Graduate Research Assistant