Rural practice can involve work with a variety of populations facing various difficulties and barriers to care.
This presentation will explore challenges for some populations and examples of ways to overcome barriers to care. Attendees will be updated on rural psychological issues and methods of provision of integrated psychological healthcare provided to rural residents (e.g., pediatric obesity, mobile behavioral healthcare provided to migrant farmworkers, rural suicide/depression).
1 Continuing Education Credit is available
Participants will be able to:
1) Identify factors related to depression and suicide in rural areas, particularly with farmers.
2) Understand some of the way healthcare can be provided to migrant farmworkers.
3) Discuss some of the particular difficulties people experience in rural areas, such as with substance abuse.
4) Describe how telehealth can advantage rural practice in integrated behavioral healthcare, such as in specialty clinics in pediatric obesity.
Presenter Information: Dr. Diana L. Prescott, PhD
Dr. Diana L. Prescott is a psychologist dedicated to uniting and protecting psychology and psychologists. Her leadership background qualifies her to lead in challenging times, having served on the APA and APASI Boards during the Independent Review and the COVID-19 and racism pandemics. Dr. Prescott served as a Member at Large on the APA Board of Directors and is currently the Recording Secretary. Her Board liaison assignments have included Finance, BPA, CAPP, CIRP and ASPPB. She has volunteered as Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the Maine Psychological Association (MePA) for over 15 years, advocating for science, education, practice, public interest, and applied psychology.
Dr. Diana L. Prescott was raised on a farm, completing her BA in Psychology and Spanish at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She earned an MA and PhD in Psychology with a Clinical major, minors in Developmental and Community Psychology, and a Rural Community Psychology (NIMH-funded) specialty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Prescott is a licensed psychologist in Indiana and Maine. She was employed at St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine. Dr. Prescott has also worked contractually for the University of Evansville and Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) (Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, Pediatric Traumatic Stress Project).
Dr. Prescott directs a rural health consulting practice evaluating and treating women and children (Hampden Psychological Consultation, PLLC; Hampden Psychological Properties, LLC). She has developed the integrated behavioral health component of EMMC’s pediatric obesity program, Way to Optimal Weight (WOW). She has supervised doctoral students through WOW and The Acadia Hospital as an adjunct professor for the University of Maine- Orono.
Dr. Prescott has chaired the Maine Migrant Health Program and served on the Maine Primary Care Association board. She has chaired the APA Committee on Rural Health. She was elected to the APA Council of Representatives, representing MePA during the Good Governance Project. Dr. Prescott is a member of the Rural Health Caucus; Women’s Caucus; Child Caucus; SPTA Caucus; Health Caucus, Practice Caucus, and the Ethnic Minority Caucus. She has represented MePA on the Committee for Women in Psychology Network and as a Rural Health Coordinator. She received the APAPO Federal Advocacy Award and served on the Committee of State Leaders. She is a member of Divisions 7, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 29, 30, 31,35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 52, 54, and 56.
Dr. Prescott has presented on rural integrated care at the European Congress of Psychology in Milan, Italy, the International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama, Japan, the 3rd Congress for the Order of Portuguese Psychologists in Porto, Portugal, the 15th European Congress of Psychology in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the International Congress of Applied Psychology (IAAP) in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Prescott was elected as a Member at Large on the IAAP Board of Directors, serving as Secretary of Professional Practice Division 17. She and her psychologist husband, Dr. David Prescott, have three daughters (Rachel, Meredith, and Eleanor).
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