Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

The Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program is the only federal program dedicated solely to the education and training of doctoral-level psychologists.

Through the GPE Program, the nation has a critical mechanism to ensure the interprofessional training and placement of psychologists who specialize in working with underserved populations and work in communities with shortages of mental and behavioral health providers.

The Importance of Advocacy: Graduate Psychology Education Program


U.S. Department of Health Resources & Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce

Established in 2002, the GPE Program provides grants to accredited psychology doctoral, internship and postdoctoral training programs to expand access to mental and behavioral health services for vulnerable and underserved populations in rural and urban communities. An exemplary “two-for-one” federal activity, the program supports the interprofessional training of psychology graduate students while also providing mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations, such as older adults, children, those suffering from chronic illness, veterans, victims of abuse, unemployed persons, and victims of natural disasters.

Psychology trainees are trained with two or more other health professions, (e.g., medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy). Funds may be used to cover costs for student stipends, curriculum development, model demonstration programs, faculty and psychologists as mentors, and technical assistance. There are approximately 930 eligible universities, professional schools and hospitals nationwide. Since 2002, there have been grants in 33 states and the District of Columbia.