Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship
Realize Your Career Goals: Capstone Training in Integrated Primary Care and Medical Education
Our Model of Training
At Ascension Genesys Hospital, our Clinical Health Psychology program is embedded in our medical primary care residency programs (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, OB/GYN). Since 1987, the core of our fellowship program has been to train psychology fellows alongside their medical colleagues. The psychology fellows are able to lend their expertise to and teach the medical resident in the learning of behavioral issues related to disease and health. Likewise, the medical resident has a role in teaching the psychology fellow more about medical diagnoses and treatment so that the psychologist can be a more effective colleague.
Learn more about the opportunities at Ascension Genesys to complete a Postdoc In Clinical Health Psychology
We focus on Primary Care applications of clinical health psychology. This area has broad implication for psychologists in medical settings as primary-care physicians identify a large portion of their patients as needing some mental health treatment, but fewer than 10 percent of these patients actually see a mental health professional. In order to meet this demand, we have focused on training primary-care psychologists to offer counseling and behavioral interventions to patients in medical settings. Our arrangement is collaborative and integrated. Our assessment and interventions work to help patients—often on the same day and sometimes without the patients ever leaving the exam room— and to train primary care physicians as to how to work collaboratively.
Our clinical training operates from an Integrated Primary Care (IPC) Model where clinical assessments and interventions are provided with primary care medicine to more fully address the spectrum of problems that patients bring to a primary medical site. This model functions with the psychologists as behavioral health providers (BHP) in the primary care clinic area receiving immediate "hallway handoffs", triaging cases, providing brief (15-20 minutes) behavioral interventions as well as short-term (3-6 sessions) solution-focused and evidence based interventions, and offering quick feedback to providers. The CHP fellows collaborate with the medical team to provide ongoing assessment, flexible treatment services, and regular monitoring of patient progress. Interventions target behavioral issues that affect a specific physical health problem (e.g., motivational interviewing for a patient with medication non-adherence; behavioral activation for patient with diabetes displaying symptoms of depression). These brief and focused interventions serve to complement the complete medical care of the patient, while reducing the burden on the primary care medical team.
Our fellowship is consistently rated highly by our graduates as providing a high quality experience with specialized training and excellent supervision.
Ascension Genesys Hospital is accredited in the specialty area of Clinical Health Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation.
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Listen to voices of faculty and fellows describing the program and their experiences of living in Grand Blanc, Michigan and the training at Ascension Genesys Hospital.
Why complete a Postdoc In Clinical Health Psychology?
Many applicants have questions about the value of a formal postdoc program. We developed a webinar exploring this topic and share some of our thoughts on the topic. Please review a recording of this webinar to get more information.
What is the role of a Clinical Health Psychologists in Medical Education and might this be a career path for me?
This webinar describes the roles of the CHP in medical education, how this curriculum can be developed, and how this might be a rewarding career option.
Dr. Zrull, a Family Medicine graduate Ascension Genesys in 2020 gives her insights from the physican perspective (3:39)
Dr. Daniels, a 2017 graduate of the fellowship, shares about curriculum design and how this might be implemented in a Family Medicine residency (9:56).
Dr. Nyman, a current faculty member share about how the fellowship helps prepare psychologists for these roles (30:55)