Contact Information

Cheryl Carmin, Ph.D.
Professor &
Director of Clinical Psychology Training
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
 
Phone: 614-293-0697
Email: Cheryl.Carmin@osumc.edu


Adult Psychopathology Track

The Adult Psychopathology Track comprises these rotations: outpatient severe mental illness, neuropsychology, pain/substance abuse, and outpatient psychotherapy.

Interns who are selected for the Adult Psychopathology Track will be involved in providing outpatient services for individuals suffering from the gamut of mental health concerns. Interns will rotate on the following services: early onset psychosis (EPICENTER), neuropsychology, pain and substance abuse, and psychotherapy. Interns will receive a minimum of an hour of supervision on each of these rotations. Interns also receive supervision in other settings as well, such as clinical case conferences, team meetings, and elective experiences.


Rotations

Rotations

Early Onset Psychosis (EPICENTER)

Interns will complete a yearlong rotation at the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) located within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. EPICENTER provides individuals early in the course of a psychotic illness access to several evidence-based psychosocial interventions for psychosis: cognitive behavioral therapy, family psychoeducation and metacognitive remediation. Interns will carry a caseload of EPICENTER clients and will be responsible for providing all clinical services to these individuals. As there is significant variation in the number of services that each EPICENTER client completes, the size of an intern’s caseload will be based on the number of clinical services that they are providing per week. 

During the Early Onset Psychosis rotation, interns will also assist in the delivery of two group interventions provided to EPICENTER clients: group cognitive behavioral therapy and multifamily group psychoeducation. 

Interns may have the opportunity to participate in additional training opportunities, including providing psychotherapy to individuals with longstanding psychotic disorders or to individuals at ultra-high risk for developing a psychotic disorder, administering comprehensive clinical assessments to individuals receiving care at EPICENTER and assisting in the dissemination and delivery of EPICENTER services throughout central and southeast Ohio.  



Neuropsychology

During the clinical neuropsychology rotation, interns will perform comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations. Cases may include a broad variety of clinical presentations such as head injury, stroke, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other medical disorders. The experience focuses on case conceptualization, test interpretation and communication of test results through written reports and oral presentations. Training is structured according to the intern’s experience level.

The number and complexity of assessments performed are based on prior experience and the level of intern competency observed during training. Outpatient evaluations may include two-, four- or six-hour sessions covering cognitive, behavioral health and psychological assessment measures. A key aspect of training is appropriate integration of medical data including neuroimaging, labs and physician evaluations. Supportive education opportunities include neurology and psychiatry grand rounds, brain cuttings, neuromodulation team conference and other relevant lectures. 

Of note, this rotation does not meet criteria for a neuropsychology track or major area of study, as the intern would spend less than 50 percent of their total internship time training in clinical neuropsychology.


Outpatient Psychotherapy

In this rotation, interns will provide evidence-based treatment for individuals who are seeking outpatient psychological care. While the majority of patients typically are interested in services for depression or anxiety disorders, the range of presenting problems can be quite broad. Interns will be expected to complete diagnostic clinical evaluations as a means of solidifying their skills in assessment and differential diagnosis as well as in developing an initial case formulation. If interns do not already have a strong foundation in the use of manualized cognitive behavioral treatment, this rotation will provide a thorough grounding in this approach. 

Because many of the outpatients who are seen in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health have more than one psychiatric condition, an emphasis is put on case formulation and adapting manualized treatment to the needs of the patient. The use of third-wave approaches (e.g., mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy) can be incorporated into this rotation. 


Pain and Substance Use

During the six-month rotation in pain and substance use, psychology interns will learn skills related to the epidemiology, assessment, diagnosis, conceptualization and treatment of chronic noncancer pain and related psychiatric and substance use comorbidities. In the outpatient setting, interns will complete initial psycho-diagnostic assessments of psychological comorbidities within the context of chronic pain. Interns will also play a role in integrating brief psychotherapy, relaxation and behavior modification into patients’ pain management with the goal of restoring patient functioning in physical and social areas. Service delivery will be provided through individual and group modalities. 

Interns can expect to work alongside a team that includes physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, radiologists, neurologists and pain specialists/anesthesiologists. Trainees will play an essential role in helping patients navigate the different aspects of their pain management and, in particular, will work closely with patients needing to address challenges in misuse of narcotic medications.


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