HRSA Announces FY 2013 GPE Grantees
By Alexandra Ginsburg
On June 24, 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the recipients of the Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) grants, which are administered by HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr). Fifteen GPE grants were awarded at an average of $155,438, totaling $2.3 million. These grants went to universities and health care institutions to train psychologists working with other health professions in the provision of health care services to underserved populations such as older adults, children, the chronically ill, victims of abuse and trauma including veterans and their families, unemployed persons, and victims of natural disasters.
Established in 2002, GPE is the nation's only federal program dedicated solely to the education and training of doctoral-level psychologists. The GPE program provides grants to accredited psychology doctoral, internship and postdoctoral training programs. An exemplary "two for one" federal activity, the program supports the interdisciplinary training of psychology graduate students while they provide mental and behavioral health services in rural and urban underserved communities, and thus increase the capacity of their clinical settings to provide services to underserved populations.