The purpose of the Association is to promote the discipline and profession of psychology in academic health centers and affiliated units (e.g., schools of medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, pharmacy, health professions; Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, teaching hospitals and other similar entities) to encourage and support psychologists’ participation in institutional governance, research, educational programs, administration, leadership, and policy development.
The Association’s mission is to strengthen the role of psychology and behavioral science in health care research, clinical care, and the education of medical students, graduate students, pre and post doctoral psychology fellows, intern and resident physicians, and other health professionals. By fostering active leadership roles for psychologists in all facets of training, clinical practice, research, and administration in academic health centers, the Association seeks to promote the status, roles and collegiality of psychologists with other health care professionals.
APAHC provides a venue for peer mentoring from trainee through senior career status.
APAHC provides leadership in issues related to clinical service, education and training, research, and governance.
APAHC organizes a biennial conference focused on the work of psychologists in academic health centers.
APAHC collaborates with the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of American Medical Colleagues (AAMC), and other organizations to promote the values and mission of our organization.