PCOM maintains five Healthcare Centers (four in Philadelphia and one is Sullivan County, PA) which serve the medical needs of our community by providing a variety of quality, easily accessible health care services in one convenient location. In three of these Centers, Psychology interns from the Department of Psychology's Center for Brief Therapy interact with medical and allied mental health professionals as a fully participatory member of the total health care team. Future psychologists are trained to work in healthcare settings as providers of comprehensive psychological services that stress multidisciplinary collaboration.
In 2008, the PEW Charitable Trust Foundation awarded Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Barbara Golden, PsyD, ABPP (both of PCOM's Department of Psychology), and Harry J. Morris, DO, MPH (PCOM's Department of Family Medicine) a 3 year grant totaling $225,000. The focus of the grant was to enhance existing behavioral health services at PCOM's four Healthcare Centers in Philadelphia. These centers serve a vulnerable adult population, i.e., urban residents and underserved minorities with low socioeconomic status who suffer from a variety of medical disparities which include social and behavioral issues and health problems. The goals of the grant were as follows: "To enable vulnerable adults who face significant social, behavioral and health problems to become independent and productive members of their community" and "To expand innovative models that integrate behavioral health services with other supports for vulnerable adults." This allowed us to help our target population reduce numerous chronic illnesses and health risk behaviors.