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UT Health Northeast psychologist leads group overseeing internships; TPA magazine publishes psychologists’ papers

November 12, 2013

Charles Walker, Ph.D., a psychologist at UT Health Northeast, has been named head of the Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium, which was one of four recipients to receive a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Lone Star consortium is made up of UT Health, Big Spring State Hospital, and Valley Psychological Services/Pinkerman &Gonzalez Psychological Associates in Edinburg. The foundation grant, totaling $770,765, was awarded to the consortium and three other Texas groups to help their psychology internship programs gain American Psychological Association accreditation.

Before being named head of the Lone Star consortium, Dr. Walker oversaw UT Health Northeast’s psychology internship program, which admitted its first two interns in September. Taking his place is Kathryn Wortz, Ph.D., a psychologist on the Family Medicine Residency Program faculty at UT Health.

Dr. Walker and Dr. Wortz also co-authored two articles in the summer 2013 edition of the Texas Psychologist, published by the Texas Psychological Association. Both articles discuss opportunities and challenges for psychologists as they integrate their clinical practice with primary care physicians.

Dr. Walker, an associate professor of medicine, specializes in neuropsychology, the study of the structure and function of the brain and how they affect behavior. He joined UT Health in January.

He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Wortz, an assistant professor of medicine, joined UT Health in 2009. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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