Associate Professor Kristi Van Sickle was awarded a $1.04 million, three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to fund the Integrated Healthcare Training program at the School of Psychology.
The program will allow doctoral students to pursue the practicum portion of their training at Brevard Health Alliance clinics, where they will bring access to mental health services to traditionally underserved populations.
Van Sickle, who directs of the program, says bringing more psychologists to an integrated health environment will provide patients with a one-stop shop for healing the body and mind. Issues such as depression, anxiety and drug dependence can be addressed at the patient’s primary care center and covered by insurance.
With the new grant, more than 30 Florida Tech doctoral students will be paid to participate in the mental health care of the underserved and underinsured, making it a win-win for both the practitioner and the patient in Brevard County.