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  • Dan Mullin

    Dan Mullin, PsyD, MPH

    Dr. Mullin is Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He is a clinician, educator, researcher, and consultant specializing in the integration of behavioral health and primary care services.  Dr. Mullin maintains a clinical practice embedded in the Barre Family Health Center, a rural family medicine residency practice in Massachusetts.  He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and conducts research, teaches, and provides consultation related to Motivational Interviewing in primary care.  A focus of his current work is in caring for patients and families who are struggling with opioids and in expanding access to Medication Assisted Treatment.  
    Dr. Mullin completed his doctorate at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and received his MPH from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He completed his internship in Primary Care Psychology in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship in Primary Care Family Psychology in the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Paula Gardiner

    Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH

    Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH Paula Gardiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also the Associate Director of Research and the director of the Group Visits Program in the Center for Integrated Primary Care. She completed a three-year Clinical Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Faculty Development at Beth Israel in Boston MA. She received her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Additionally, she was awarded an NIH K award grant focusing on Integrative Medicine, technology, and health disparities. Her research concentration is patient-oriented research regarding chronic pain and evidenced-based integrative medicine access in low-income patients. Current research is focused on the adaptive role of an Integrative Medical Group Visit (IMGV) which combines the principles of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a Medical Group Visit to support health behavior change and reducing pain and stress. With funding by Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, she is the primary investigator on a randomized controlled trial of IMGV compared to a primary care visit in for participants with chronic pain and depression. She is leading the implementation of this medical group visit model nationally and provides training on medical group visits around the United States. Her research also focuses on innovative technologies such as Embodied Conversational Agents and Our Whole Lives; a holistic e-health toolkit, an online platform that teaches mind body techniques. Dr. Gardiner lectures nationally and internationally. She has published over 90 reviewed papers on medical group visits, chronic pain, technology, dietary supplements, pregnancy, preconception care, stress, and integrative medicine in underserved patients. As former Wellness Committee Chair at Boston Medical Center where she taught mindfulness and resiliency training to medical students, residents, and clinicians for over nine years. She is a certified instructor of the Mindfulness Practice curriculum developed by Krasner and Epstein and teaches mindfulness skills and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to patients with chronic conditions. Additionally, completed a 2-year Mindfulness Mediation Teacher Certification training and has completed training in Mindfulness Based Self Compassion.

  • Amber (Hewitt) Cahill

    Amber (Hewitt) Cahill, PsyD

    Dr. Hewitt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the director of Behavioral Science for the Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Hewitt provides clinical care at the Fitchburg Family Practice, where she also supervises doctoral level graduate students. Her clinical and research interests include treating substance use disorders in primary care, with a focus on integrative harm reduction approaches. For the past year, Dr. Hewitt has co-led a Project ECHO focused on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in primary care, which provides weekly case-based training for primary care providers and nurses who are new to this work. She has a growing interest in translating key components of the harm reduction literature to enhance the substance use disorder training and education provided to medical students, resident physicians, and practicing physicians. 

    Dr. Hewitt completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Adler University, with a concentration in Primary Care Psychology, in Chicago, IL. She completed her internship at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in the Primary Care/Health Psychology track. Dr. Hewitt’s postdoctoral training including a 2-year fellowship in Health Psychology in Primary Care at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

     

  • Christine Runyan

    Christine Runyan, PhD, ABPP

    Dr. Runyan is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the director of Behavioral Science for the Worcester Family Medicine Residency Program and the director of the post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology in primary care. Dr. Runyan received her Ph.D., in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech. 
    Dr. Runyan served for six years on active duty in the US Air Force as a psychologist, leading the Behavioral Health Optimization Project (BHOP) to integrate psychologists into primary care. Her professional passion has been practicing, teaching, writing, presenting, and training providers of various disciplines in integrated care.
    Dr. Runyan has published several seminal articles on the ethical issues germane to integrated care and is passionate about advocating for models of interprofessional team-based primary care. She serves as the Board President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (2017-2019). A growing interest and expertise is on burnout prevention and clinician well-being, specifically teaching and training the concepts and strategies of mindfulness in medicine and compassion training to physicians.