J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2012 Feb 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Health Care Reform: Preparing the Psychology Workforce.
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, P.O. Box 100165, Gainesville, FL, 32610, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article is based on the opening presentation by the author to the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers' 5th National Conference, "Preparing Psychologists for a Rapidly Changing Healthcare Environment" held in March, 2011. Reviewing the patient protection and affordable care act (ACA), that presentation was designed to set the stage for several days of symposia and discussions anticipating upcoming changes to the healthcare system. This article reviews the ACA; general trends that have impacted healthcare reform; the implications of the Act for psychology's workforce including the growing focus on interprofessional education, training, and practice, challenges to address in order to prepare for psychology's future; and recommendations for advocating for psychology's future as a healthcare profession.