Informatics Research Seminar: EMR Use in Psychology Clinics: Adoption, Current Status, and Future Directions

February 19 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Tony Cellucci, PhD, ABPP and Leigh W. Cellucci, PhD
Presented from East Carolina University

Broadcast Link: Seminar


EMR Use in Psychology Clinics: Adoption, Current Status, and Future Directions


Following U.S. healthcare policy is the movement toward increased adoption and use of electronic medical records. As Hersh noted in his comment on the 2009 HITECH Act, it is time for U.S. physicians to ‘catch up with the pack’. The same can be said of other providers and university clinics that train future healthcare providers. Currently there is limited information available regarding adoption of EMR systems among psychologists even though this has been identified as an emerging competency for psychologists providing health care services. The presentation reports findings from a 2012 survey of Psychology Clinic Directors within doctoral psychology training programs in the United States and Canada, whose clinics were members of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC). The findings indicate that Clinics are indeed ‘catching up with the pack’ and identifies significant differences in the perceived concerns and benefits regarding adoption of Clinic adopters, Clinics that plan to adopt, and Clinic non-adopters. Overall, the findings suggest that the Clinics that have adopted EMRs are satisfied with their decision and experience. Directors’ responses to open ended qualitative questions indicated benefits relating to clinic efficiencies, providing training to students, and improving documentation. The paper discusses current use of EMR systems in psychology training clinics as well as future directions.


Tony Cellucci, Ph.D., ABPP is a Clinical Professor and Director of the PASS Clinic at East Carolina University where he trains doctoral students in clinical health psychology. Currently, he focuses on issues related to practicum training, supervision and ethics, as well as service issues related to psychology training clinics.  He has served for many years on the executive committee of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC). He is also a CoA site visitor, and on the editorial board for the APA Journal, Training and Education in Professional Psychology (TEPP).He received the PhD (Psychology) from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Leigh W. Cellucci, Ph.D., MBA is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management at East Carolina University. Currently, she focuses on the impact of information systems on healthcare organizational behavior, and she is the editor of the Journal of Case Studies, a publication of the Society for Case Research. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and she recently co-authored Healthcare Marketing: A Case Study Approach (Health Administration Press).  She received the PhD (Sociology) from The University of Virginia.