University Hospital offers three one-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical Health Psychology.
About Our Program
The program involves a 12-month, full-time experience (2,000 hours), providing the necessary post-doctoral hours required for licensure to practice psychology independently in the state of Wisconsin. The program is designed to provide didactic and clinical training in preparation for professional work in a variety of medical settings. Graduates of our program are competitively prepared to work in academic medical centers, private hospitals, independent psychology practices with medical specialization, academic psychology departments and outpatient medical clinics.
The program is based upon a practitioner-scholar model offering hands-on experience complemented by knowledge of relevant psychological science. Our intent is to prepare fellows to move competently across a variety of health psychology settings and to use a wide range of skills.
Based in a nationally recognized academic medical center, the fellowship program involves training with a wide variety of patients, problems and treatment teams. Our philosophy is to provide a broad array of experiences across the medical center rather than specialized training in one or two areas. A minimum of 80 percent of each fellow’s time is focused on adult medical-surgical inpatients at UW Hospitals and Clinics. In this capacity, fellows work across a variety of medical services and provide assessment and treatment to patients with acute and chronic needs. Fellows will perform outpatient pre-surgical transplantation evaluations for potential organ transplant recipients and living organ donors.
Fellows will also be able to spend approximately 20% of their time in one of the specialty clinics, providing outpatient health psychology services. Throughout their experiences and the training year, fellows are required to perform consultation with multidisciplinary medical teams and often play a key role as the psychological consultant to these teams. Fellows also have the opportunity to engage in program development, supervision of practicum students (when on site) and/or teaching of medical residents during their training year.
The fellowship program is a member of APPIC and administered by the Health Psychology faculty within the Department of Behavioral Medicine.
M. Denise Connelly, PhD