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Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship, Ohio State University Medical Center Department of Family Medicine, Ohio

Ohio State University Medical Center Department of Family Medicine
Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship

The Department of Family Medicine offers a one to two-year post-doctoral fellowship for psychologists interested in primary care and clinical health psychology. The program offers specialized training in primary care behavioral health integration, chronic pain rehabilitation, immigrant/refugee health, and evidence-based behavior therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

The fellowship will prepare psychologists to provide a broad range of behavioral health services in primary care and outpatient mental health clinics. In addition to providing clinical services, fellows participate in regularly scheduled training activities such as weekly individual and group supervision with licensed psychologist(s). Throughout the training year, fellows work closely with family physicians and providers/staff from other disciplines such as nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, nutrition, and social work. In addition, there may be opportunities to supervise clinical psychology graduate students or other behavioral health trainees.

Responsibilities & Training Experiences

  • Conducting behavioral health assessments and providing individual and group psychotherapy using evidence-based interventions
  • Conducting ADHD/LD evaluations (1 to 2 per month)
  • Serving as behavioral health consultant and conducting targeted assessments and brief interventions as part of a primary care-behavioral health integration team
  • Learning to implement an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach with a broad range of presenting concerns
  • Participating in a chronic pain rehabilitation program that uses an ACT approach
  • Providing collaborative care in an interdisciplinary Refugee Health Clinic serving patients from diverse cultural backgrounds

Psychology fellows work with economically and ethnically diverse patient populations at our Rardin Family Practice and CarePoint East locations. Common clinical issues addressed in these clinics include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Grief
  • Substance use
  • Chronic pain
  • Trauma
  • Somatization disorders
  • Health behavior change
  • Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, headache, cardiovascular disease
  • Acculturation and resettlement issues in immigrant and refugee populations

Structure of Training Program

  • Outpatient behavioral health clinic: 5 to 6 half-days per week; 1 to 2 ADHD/LD evaluations per month
  • Primary care behavioral health integration: Two half-days per week
  • Chronic pain rehabilitation program: Approximately 30 weeks per year
  • Interdisciplinary refugee health clinic: One half-day per week
  • One hour per week of individual supervision with licensed clinical psychologist(s)
  • One to two hours per week of group supervision with licensed clinical psychologist and other trainees
  • One hour per week of individual supervision with clinical psychology doctoral student
  • Written evaluations conducted at least twice per year and reviewed in face-to-face meetings with supervisor(s)

Application Process

Application materials:

  • Cover letter summarizing professional interests and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from current clinical supervisor)
  • Letter from dissertation chair regarding dissertation status or proof of successful completion of dissertation

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited program and completion of an internship that meets APA/APPIC requirements. Preference will be given to applicants with interest and experience in primary care, health psychology or behavioral medicine and evidence-based psychotherapies.

Application dates:

  • Deadline to apply: January 10, 2020
  • Program start date: Aug-Sept 2020
  • Program end date: Aug-Sept 2021

Please email application materials to Rebecca Szabo at


(This information was submitted on October 30, 2019)

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