Clinical Psychology Training Program Anniversary
Memories from Ricardo F. Muñoz: 1992-2007 and beyond
By 1992, the CPTP two-year training program had been in operation for ten years.
At the time, we were based in three sites: LPPI, SFGH, and the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine (Tom Coates was the excellent cluster leader there.) Over the years, partially as a casualty of managed care, the third site eventually stopped taking Fellows, leaving LPPI and SFGH as the two major sites.
The two-year combined predoctoral/postdoctoral program provides some stability to Fellows who would otherwise have had to apply for postdoctoral training soon after arriving at UCSF from their graduate program, and, after moving to their postdoc, having to move again to their first position. The two-year format allows them to become familiar with their research mentor’s research program while fulfilling the predoctoral internship requirements, and preparing their empirical clinical research project during their first year, so they can collect data early in their postdoc and have a chance at completing the project prior to leaving. This also makes the Fellows more valuable to their research mentors: the training time devoted to them yields great returns because they are part of our team for more than one year. Fellows can also complete all licensing requirements for supervised training during their two years with us.
Over the years, the research training focus has helped us recruit consistently excellent applicants. Our alumni have taught or are teaching at UCSF (at least 9, including Dale McNiel and Russell Lemle, currently Chief Psychologists at LPPI and the San Francisco VA, respectively), UC Berkeley (4), UCLA, UC Davis (2), UC San Diego (3), California State University (Long Beach, San Francisco, San Marcos); the University of San Francisco (2); Stanford (2); Johns Hopkins University; the University of Michigan; George Washington University and many more such institutions, including universities in Mexico and Australia.
The consistent support from our Chairs and Chiefs (currently Craig Van Dyke and Bob Okin) has made leading the CPTP a real pleasure. We have also been able to put into practice our values of providing evidence-based services to the underserved, training women and minorities for research careers, and being explicitly supportive to trainees and faculty who want have children during their years with us (see the “Our Families” photo album). The faculty of the CPTP is superb, easy to work with, and clearly dedicated to excellent training, research, and clinical interventions.
The close relationships mentors can form with the CPTP Fellows they mentor is one of the great pleasures of being a faculty member of the program. These relationships can become lifelong.
The mission of the program fits well with the service and research missions of our home institutions. I look forward to continuing to work with the CPTP at LPPI and SFGH for a long time to come.