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Van Sickle, Kristi

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Welcome to my faculty profile! 

I welcome your interest in our Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program's Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Grant (HRSA Grant D40HP29822) to train psychologists for interprofessional team service provision in primary care settings.

The primary goal of this program, funded by a grant from the Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is to increase the number of psychologists who are competent to provide evidence-based psychological care to culturally diverse vulnerable and underserved populations in integrated interprofessional health care settings.

A current project abstract can be accessed here.

Program Benefits to GPE trainees:

• Experiential practicum training in interprofessional healthcare for vulnerable and underserved populations
• Stipend support ($12,500 per semester for 2 semesters)
• Conference travel support (American Psychological Association Convention and/or Collaborative Family Healthcare Conference)
• Opportunities to present to interprofessional audiences
• Exposure to expert outside speakers from the area of integrated primary care

Five of the seven trainees funded by this opportunity each semester will participate in 20 hours per week practicum at Brevard Health Alliance, the county’s only Federally Qualified Health Center, which serves the community’s uninsured and underserved individuals. Two additional students will train 20 hours per week at Parrish Medical Group – Titusville, a private practice in a medically underserved area.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Kristi Van Sickle at Students from diverse or economically-disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Personal Overview

American Psychological Association, Fellow

• Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology

• Division 31, State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs

• Division 38, Health Psychology

• Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice

Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

Florida Psychological Association


Educational Background

B.S. Indiana University 1990

M.S. DePaul University 1995

M.S. Florida Institute of Technology 2003

Psy.D. Florida Institute of Technology 2006

Predoctoral Internship, James A. Haley Hospital, Tampa, FL 2005-06

Postdoctoral Residency in Rehabilitation Psychology, James A. Haley Medical Center, Tampa, FL 2006-07

Recognition & Awards

2017 - Awarded Clinical Psychology Faculty Member by students of Florida Institute of Technology’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral (Psy.D.) Program

2015 - American Psychological Association Presidential Citation from Barry S. Anton, Ph.D., ABPP for “Innovation, Energy, and Leadership in Integrated Primary Care and Rural Health”

2015 - Awarded Initial Fellow Status in the American Psychological Association by APA Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice

2012 - Early Career Psychologist Award, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

2012 - Outstanding Contribution Award in Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Association for Postdoctoral and Internship Programs for: Shen-Miller, D.S., Grus, C.L., Van Sickle, K.S., Schwartz-Mette, R., Cage, E.A., Elman, N.S., Jacobs, S.C., and Kaslow, N.J. (2011). Trainees’ experiences with peers having competence problems: A national survey. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(2), 112-121. doi: 10.1037/a0023824

2008 - Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health, U Mass, Worcester

Current Courses

Seminar - Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Professional Experience

Dr. Van Sickle is a Florida licensed psychologist and credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. She is also a registered public accountant in the state of Illinois and a National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (PCMH CCE). 

Her professional service includes:

Treasurer, Florida Psychological Association (2019 - 2020)

Executive Director, Brevard Healthcare Forum (2007 - 2014)

Member, APA Policy and Planning Board, 2013 - 2015 (Chair - 2015)

Member, APA Presidential Task Force on Patient-Centered Present Medical Homes: How Psychologists Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Costs, 2014

APA Implementation Working Group (IWG) Sept 2013 – Aug 2014

Division 42 Representative to APA Council, 2012 - 2014

Federal Advocacy Coordinator - FL, American Psychological Association Practice Organization, 2012 - Present

Co-Chair, Florida Psychological Association Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Board (LAPPB), 2011-2012

Family Counseling Center Board of Directors, 2010 - 2016

Treasurer, Brevard Drop-in Center, 2010 - 2013

APA Committee on Rural Health, 2009-2011 (Chair, 2011)

Chair, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) 2006-2008

APA Board of Directors, 2007

APA Council of Representatives, 2007

Additional Duties

Project Director, HRSA Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Grant, which provides qualified students with $12,500 stipends/semester (2 semester max.) to complete clinical training experience in one of two integrated primary care practica sites. 

Owner, Kristi Van Sickle, PsyD, LLC - private psychology practice specializing in health behavior change and coping with chronic illness


Current Research

Supervision in primary care behavioral health

Health behaviors in psychologists and health service psychology trainees

Training in health counseling 

Trainees with problems of professional competence


Selected Publications


Beachham, A. O. & Van Sickle, K. S. (2018). Ethical Considerations for Behavioral Health Professionals in Primary Care Settings. In M. Leach and L. Welfel (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Applied Psychological Ethics. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.


Beacham, A. B., Van Sickle, K. S., Khatri, P., Ali, M., Reimer, D., Farber, E. W., & Kaslow, N. J. (2017). Meeting rapidly evolving workforce needs: Preparing psychologists for leadership roles in Patient-Centered Medical Homes. American Psychologist, 72(1), 42-54. Http://

Farber, E. W., Ali, M., Van Sickle, K. S., & Kaslow, N. J. (2017). Psychology in patient-centered medical homes: Reducing health disparities and promoting health equity. American Psychologist, 72(1), 28-41. Http://

Shen-Miller, D. S., Schwartz-Mette, R., Van Sickle, K. S., Jacobs, S. C., Grus, C., Cage, E., & Forrest, L. (2015). Professional competence problems in training: A qualitative investigation of trainee perspectives. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(2), 161-169. doi: 10.1037/tep0000072.

Jacobs, S.C., Huprich, S. K., Cage, E., Elman, N. S., Forrest, L. Grus, C. L., Schwartz-Mette, R., Shen-Miller, D. S., Van Sickle, K., & Kaslow, N. J. (2011). Trainees with competence problems: Difficult but necessary conversations. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(3), 175-184. doi: 10.1037/a0024656.

Shen-Miller, D. S., Grus, C., Van Sickle, K., Schwartz-Mette, R., Cage, E., Elman, N.S., Jacobs, S. C., & Kaslow, N.J. (2011). Trainees’ experiences with peers having competence problems: A national survey. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(2), 112-121. doi: 10.1037/a0023824.

Madson, M.B., Hasan, N.T., Williams-Nickelson, C., Kettmann, J. J., & Van Sickle K. S. (2007). The internship supply and demand issue: Graduate students’ perspective. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1(4), 249-257. doi: 10.1037/1931-3918.1.2.116

Kaslow, N. J., Rubin, N. J., Forrest, L., Elman, N. S., Van Horne, B. A., Jacobs, S. C., Huprich, S. K., Benton, S. A., Pantenesco, V. F., Dollinger, S. J., Grus, C. L., Behnke, S. H., Miller, D. S., Shealy, C. N., Mintz, L. B., Schwartz-Mette, R., Van Sickle, K., & Thorn, B. E. (2007). Recognizing, assessing, and intervening with problems of professional competence. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38, 479 - 492. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.38.5.479.


American Psychological Association, 2015. APA Guidelines Utilization Survey: A first look. 2014 Annual Report of the Policy and Planning Board. American Psychologist, 70 (5), 431-443.

American Psychological Association (2014). APA guidelines: Their importance and a plan to keep them current: 2013 annual report of the policy and planning board. American Psychologist, 69(5), 511-519.

American Psychological Association, 2011. Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists. American Psychologist, 66 (3), 214 - 226. DOI: 10.1037/a0022655