College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Attitudes toward Psychological Telehealth: Current and Future Clinical Psychologists’ Opinions of Internet‐Based Interventions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2013

Keywords

Attitude to Computers, Health Personnel, Internet, Logistic Models, Clinical Psychology, Health Occupations Students, Telemedicine, United States

Publication Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology

ISSN

0021-9762

Volume

69

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Objectives: The current study explored differences in acceptance of telehealth interventions amongst currently licensed and future clinicians with a focus on web camera-based intervention. The influence of theoretical orientation was also assessed.

Method: An online survey assessed 717 participants comprising 409 licensed psychologists (40.8% female, mean age = 56.57, standard deviation [SD] = 11.01) and 308 doctoral-level students (78.9% female, mean age = 27.66, SD = 5.9) across domains of endorsement and rejection.

Results: Binary logistic regression indicated no significant difference between currently licensed and future psychologists in their endorsement oftelehealth modalities. Cognitive-behavioral, cognitive, behavioral, and systems psychologists were significantly more accepting of telehealthinterventions than were dynamic/analytic or existential therapists.

Conclusions: Increasing exposure to telehealth through education as well as continued research on efficacy for specific diagnoses may help psychologists to more effectively determine whether telehealth is the "best fit" for both clinician and client.

DOI

10.1002/jclp.21912