Allison Ponce, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center: Outpatient Division | Psychology Section

Office of Cooperative Research


Allison Ponce earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2003, and completed her postdoctoral training in the Yale Department of Psychiatry before joining the faculty in 2005. She is the Director of Education at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Dr. Ponce has research, administrative, and clinical interests in public mental health, particularly with regard to serious mental illness and homelessness. Another major area of focus is the education and training of psychologists and other mental health professionals. Dr. Ponce supervises psychology fellows and coordinates several seminars focused on administration, leadership, and community-based care. Dr. Ponce is immediate Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and serves as an internship site visit chair for the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation.

Education & Training

PhD University of Connecticut (2003)
BA University of Vermont (1998)
Postdoctoral Fellowship Yale School of Medicine
Psychology Predoctoral Internship Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology (Boston VA)

Honors & Recognition

  • Paul Nelson AwardCouncil of Chairs of Training Councils (2018)

  • Friend of the Association of Psychology Training ClinicsAssociation of Psychology Training Clinics (2018)

  • Citation from the American Psychological Association of Graduate StudentsAmerican Psychological Association of Graduate Students (2017)

  • Leadership in Education AwardAmerican Psychological Association Division of Psychologists in Public Service (2016)

  • Consumer Advocate AwardThe Connection, Inc. (2015)

  • Psychotherapy of Women AwardAmerican Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Women (2013)

  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions as a SupervisorPsychology Section, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (2012)

  • FellowConnecticut Psychological Association (2009)

  • Distinguished Early Career Contribution to PsychologyConnecticut Psychological Association (2006)

Professional Service

  • American Psychological Association Policy and Planning Board (2019 - Present) Board Member

  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) (2016 - 2018) Chair

  • Yale School of Medicine (2015 - Present) Faculty Advisory Council

  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) (2012 - Present) Board of Directors

  • American Psychological Association Committee on Early Career Psychologists (2012 - 2013) Chair

  • American Psychological Association Committee on Early Career Psychologists (2012) Chairperson

  • Connecticut Psychological Association, Board of Directors, Secretary (2010 - 2013)

  • American Psychological Association Task Force on Homelessness (2009)

  • American Psychological Association Internship Site Visitor (Chair) (2009 - Present)

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