“We’re being immersed in different cultures and populations,
which might affect how we treat all clients,” says Freddie Anibal
Pastrana, a clinical psychology student whose practicum was also
funded by the GPE program. “Psychology is not about following
one specific manual.”
In addition, GPE trainees learn to conduct research in
primary-care settings and to evaluate programs, Bridges says.
For instance, Pastrana and fellow clinical psychology student
Bianca Teresa Villalobos gathered and organized data on patients’
primary complaints, satisfaction with care and how much their
health improved. Next, the students will study how patients in
their integrated care-clinic fare compared with patients treated in
more traditional clinics.
Another student, Carlos A. Ojeda, is investigating whether
patients benefit from seeing psychologists of the same ethnicity
or who speak their language. So far, the group has found that
more than 70 percent of patients who see a GPE trainee at least
twice improve significantly.
Francesca Di Meglio is a writer in Fort Lee,
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