This training program is based on a cognitive-behavioral orientation and strongly emphasizes a scientist-practitioner model. By demonstrating the capacity of psychologists to be behavioral science experts and important change agents within health care settings, this program is designed to optimally prepare early career psychologists for positions in an academic health care center.The fellowship program was initially developed during the 1998-99 academic year and evolved into a two-year position with two fellows working in a staggered vertical team design. This design allows for the recruitment of one new fellow per year, who functions as a "junior fellow" during the first year and upon matriculation to the second year, becomes a "senior fellow."Within the Department of Family Medicine, fellows have the opportunity to develop their clinical, research and administrative skills within an academic health care setting. A strong emphasis is placed on fellows learning to become effective members of trans-disciplinary primary care teams. The fellowship provides many exciting opportunities for fellows to prepare for a career in health psychology.
Molly S. Clark, PhD, ABPP