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Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor in Psychology (Psy. D.)


The COVID-19 pandemic caused abrupt changes for healthcare providers across the globe. As a result of social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders, it was necessary that providers adapted their services to continue to reach their clients/patients. Specifically for the field of mental health, practitioners quickly and extensively adapted from a face-to-face format to providing their services using various forms of technology, otherwise known as telepsychology. Although telepsychology was established prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid adjustment forced practitioners to adapt their interventions to formats in ways that had not been proven to be effective. The purpose of the current project was to explore the research establishing the clinical utility of telepsychology as a treatment modality, in addition to a therapy style known as interpersonal psychotherapy, to treat various psychological disorders. Additionally, case studies from a clinician’s perspective are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of interpersonal psychotherapy delivered via telepsychology. Results indicate that interpersonal psychotherapy provided through telepsychology may be an efficacious treatment for psychological disorders. The limitations of this study and future directions to further establish interpersonal psychotherapy via telepsychology as an appropriate treatment method are discussed.

Faculty Mentor

Theresa Botts, PhD

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Committee Member

David Pascale Hague, PhD

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External Supervisor/Mentor

Committee Member

Jerry Palmer, PhD

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Psychology Commons