Competencies for psychology practice in primary care

Am Psychol. 2014 May-Jun;69(4):409-29. doi: 10.1037/a0036072.


This article reports on the outcome of a presidential initiative of 2012 American Psychological Association President Suzanne Bennett Johnson to delineate competencies for primary care (PC) psychology in six broad domains: science, systems, professionalism, relationships, application, and education. Essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes are described for each PC psychology competency. Two behavioral examples are provided to illustrate each competency. Clinical vignettes demonstrate the competencies in action. Delineation of these competencies is intended to inform education, practice, and research in PC psychology and efforts to further develop team-based competencies in PC.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Psychology, Clinical / standards*
  • Societies, Scientific / standards*