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Primary Care Psychology Fellowship Program


The Department of Family Medicine offers a one year post-doctoral fellowship for psychologists interested in primary care and clinical health psychology. The fellowship prepares 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 supervision with licensed psychologist(s), monthly behavioral health didactics, and side-by-side training with family medicine residents. Fellows play an integral role in training resident physicians and may have the opportunity to provide supervision (under the direction of a licensed psychologist) to other psychology trainees. Psychology fellows will also have the unique opportunity to develop skills essential for reshaping primary care practices to better accommodate team-based integrated and collaborative care.

Fellow responsibilities and training experiences include:

  • Conducting behavioral health assessments and providing individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy using evidence-based interventions
  • Serving as behavioral health consultants and conducting targeted assessments and brief interventions as part of a primary care-behavioral health integration team
  • Developing clinical pathways and other quality improvement initiatives and implementing behavioral health programs that target population health
  • Developing behavioral health curriculum for physicians and providing education on topics related to biopsychosocial model of care, patient-centered communication, health behavior change, mental health diagnosis and treatment, behavioral health integration, and physician wellness
  • Participating in joint training activities with family medicine residents, including case presentations, behavioral health didactics, and wellness programming

Psychology fellows work with economically and ethnically diverse patient populations at our Rardin Family Practice, Upper Arlington, 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/refugee population

Structure of Fellowship Program

  • 7 half-days of outpatient mental health per week for both new and returning patients
  • 3 half-days per week devoted to primary care-behavioral health integration, resident training activities, and professional development
  • Wednesday morning case presentations and wellness curriculum with resident physicians
  • Wednesday afternoon Grand Rounds and Didactics (psychology fellows attend and present)
  • 1 to 2 hours of supervision per week with licensed psychologist(s)
  • Written evaluations conducted twice per year and reviewed in face-to-face meetings with supervisor(s)

Program Leadership

Laurie Greco, PhD | Program Director, Department of Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Joan Simon, PhD | Faculty Member, Department of Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Whitney Brumley, MS | Program Coordinator, Department of Family Medicine

Current Psychology Fellows

Nicole Hollinghead, PhD
Risa Long, PhD 

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 Requirements

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover letter summarizing professional interests and goals
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation (one from current clinical supervisor)
  4. Letter from dissertation chair regarding dissertation status, or proof of successful completion of dissertation
  5. Graduate transcript

Please email application materials to Dr. Laurie Greco: Laurie.Greco@osumc.edu

Deadline to apply: January 15, 2018
Program start date: August 1, 2018
Program end date: July 31, 2019