Psychiatric Hospitals

  • Kim T. Mueser
  • James D. Herbert


Clinical psychologists are most often employed in one (or a combination) of the following three settings: private practice, a university or college, or a psychiatric hospital. Many psychiatric hospitals are affiliated with a medical school, so that work in these settings provides opportunities to psychologists who are interested in research and pursuing careers in academia. However, there are a number of differences between psychiatric hospitals and other settings in terms of the roles played by psychologists, their relationship to other professionals, and entry into academia. In this chapter, we describe the nature of psychiatric settings, followed by a discussion of the different activities performed by psychologists in psychiatric hospitals. We then consider several professional issues relevant to work in psychiatric hospitals, and conclude with a look at the future of psychologists in psychiatric settings.


Psychiatric Hospital Clinical Psychologist Crisis Intervention Clinical Supervision Psychiatric Setting 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim T. Mueser
    • 1
  • James D. Herbert
    • 2
  1. 1.New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric CenterDartmouth Medical SchoolConcordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mental HealthHahnemann UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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