Health Psychology Track

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The Health Psychology Track emphasizes hospital-based as well as outpatient behavioral health services for patients of all ages. This includes assessment, consultation and intervention for a diverse patient population with psychological issues associated with adjustment to a broad range of medical conditions. The patient population includes those with spinal cord dysfunction, acute and chronic pain, progressive neurological disorders, pulmonary disorders, orthopedic disabilities, traumatic brain injury, organ transplantation, metabolic disorders, burns, cancer and stroke. Interns in this track provide inpatient medical/surgical consultation services across the age span and outpatient services in health psychology. A wide variety of elective opportunities are also available.

Training Activities

Health psychology track training activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Medical-Surgical Consultation Service (12 months)
  2. Pediatrics (1/2 day for 6 or 12 months)
  3. Health Psychology Outpatient Service (12 months)
  4. Elective Experiences (1 half day for 12 months)
  5. UW Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic (WISPIC; 1 half day)
  6. Peer case consultation
  7. Seminars
  8. Supervision: Individual and group as well as peer case consultation

Sample schedule

Sample Schedule

Supervision

An intern in the health psychology track can expect 3 hours of individual face-to-face supervision per week. Additional weekly group supervision activities include 1 hour of peer case consultation.

Primary Clinical Sites—Health Psychology Track

  • Inpatient Medical-Surgical Consultation Service: Interns provide evaluation and consultation to numerous multidisciplinary services throughout the hospital (e.g., neurology, burn unit, orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation medicine, palliative care, and transplant) serving adult medically ill patients with a range of mental health issues. Typical referral questions relate to anxiety management, depression, adjustment to disability, coping, loss, terminal illness, and mental status. Short-term behavioral interventions are offered as needed although extended follow-up outpatient care may also be provided when appropriate. Interventions are consistent with evidence-informed clinical practice for these patients although it is important to appreciate the limits of our knowledge base in this arena. Interns also provide outpatient pre-transplant patient/donor assessments. Patients are ethnically and economically quite diverse.
  • Inpatient Consultation - Pediatric Service: Interns work with patients from infancy through young adulthood providing evidence-based individual and family intervention as well as consultation to numerous multi-disciplinary teams throughout UW Children’s Hospital (e.g., endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation, hematology/oncology, transplant, pulmonary, and cardiology). Typical referral questions relate to behavior and mood management, pain regulation, adjustment to disability, medical treatment non-adherence (e.g., pill swallowing, diabetes care) coping, grief/loss, terminal illness, and mental status. Intervention are provided in the form of individual, family, and group psychotherapy (e.g., CBT, IPT, play therapy). In addition, interns provide psychological evaluations, mental status evaluations, and cognitive screening. Follow-up outpatient treatment is provided when appropriate. Patients served come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and length of stay varies from brief to prolonged with a number of patients repeatedly returning for hospital-based care.
  • Outpatient Health Psychology Service: Consult requests are received from specialty medical clinics within the UW Health system. Typical presenting problems include difficulty adjusting to diagnoses, coping with medical conditions, problems with treatment adherence, managing chronic illness, lifestyle changes supporting physical health (e.g., weight loss, smoking cessation), relationship issues with providers, and family or relationship impact of illness or injury. Interns serve as members of the Outpatient Health Psychology Service throughout the training year providing two hours of outpatient psychotherapy per week. Patients are ethnically and socially diverse.