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We are recruiting 1 post-doctoral fellow for Hahnemann Family Health Center (HFHC). Some applicants will be invited to interview. Applicants who are invited to interview are strongly encouraged to interview on-site. Interview dates are set to help you plan.  Click here for more information about our application requirements.  

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the University of Massachusetts Medical School hosts a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology in Primary Care. The fellowship is affiliated with the Family Medicine Residency Programs of the Department. 


The two-year, full-time fellowship adheres to a practitioner-scholar model and is designed to prepare clinical and counseling health psychologists to achieve the following goals:

  • Become leaders and advocates for integrated, collaborative healthcare

  • Practice evidence-based psychology in a primary care environment

  • Be capable of advanced practice competency in independent practice as Clinical Health Psychologists with sufficient preparation to be credentialed and ultimately Board Certified by ABPP in clinical health psychology

  • Make meaningful scholarly contributions, particularly by learning how to conduct applied research projects leading to practice-based evidence for integrated care

  • Develop programs and service lines using inter-professional teams within health care settings

  • Assume roles in medical education, working as behavioral science experts within Family Medicine residency training programs, Family Medicine Departments or other medical departments including but not limited to Oncology, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine

  • Train other psychologists and behavioral health providers in integrated, collaborative healthcare

  • Help change the face of healthcare to include behavioral health as an indispensable component of primary healthcare and the patient centered medical home

The fellows are involved with physician well-being activities during the fellowship.

The training philosophy and model is based on a supervised experiential approach in which first year post-doctoral fellows are training in evidence-based clinical health psychology through psychology through patient care, didactics, clinical observations, clinical supervision, training side-by-side with family medicine residents, and teaching family medicine residents about patient communications and improving provider/patient interactions. In the second year of the program, the fellows continue their clinical training, supervision, and teaching family medicine residents but also begin a more focused and tailored personal experience focused on teaching, developing clinical programs, teaching medical students, or other areas of interest to launch their career after fellowship. The fellows are involved with physician well-being activities during the fellowship. 

Fellows are evaluated in a variety of ways, including live observation, and are expected to gain competencies in:

  • clinical health psychology assessment techniques  

  • clinical health psychology intervention strategies

  • ethical practices specific to primary care psychology 
  • conducting effective consultations with physicians

  • professionalism, communication, effective documentation, and acculturation to the medical environment

  • healthcare management and administration, including leadership skills

  • research skills, particularly in the area of conducting clinical quality improvement initiatives.

The Setting

The first residency in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMass) was established in 1971. The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health presently supports two residencies in Family Medicine: the Worcester residency and the Fitchburg residency. The Worcester residency has 36 residents, divided equally among three family health centers: (1) Barre Family Health Center in Barre, MA; (2) the Family Health Center of Worcester; and (3) Hahnemann Family Health Center in Worcester. The Fitchburg residency has 15 residents whose main training site is the Community Health Connections Family Health Center in Fitchburg, MA.

The Behavioral Health Fellow becomes integral to the learning environment in their designated health center. Please click on each link below to learn more about the individual health centers, their providers, patient populations, and geographical region.

Barre Family Health Center is located in rural north-central Massachusetts. It is thirty minutes from Worcester and offers trainees the experience of practice in a rural setting with full support of a large academic health system. The Health Center has had a behavioral health provider as part of the practice for over 25 years. Daniel Mullin, PsyD has been the Behavioral Science faculty member at the center since 2008 and will be joined by Elizabeth Dykhouse, PsyD in November, 2017.  

Family Health Center of Worcester is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center that has been serving the underserved populations of Worcester for over twenty years. The present health center was recently renovated. The center has a long history as a training site for Family Physicians. It offers a number of social service programs in addition to mental health, pharmacy and dental services. Fellows have the opportunity to observe and train family medicine residents at FHCW whereas the behavioral health clinical services are provided in house by their own BH department.

Hahnemann Family Health Center (HFHC) is located in Worcester in a new facility. The Health Center serves an economically and ethnically diverse cross section of the community. Tina Runyan, PhD, the Director of the Fellowship and the Director of Behavioral Science in the department, is the on-site supervisor and has her clinical practice at HFHC.


The Department's goals in supporting and instituting a post-doctoral training program for psychologists are:  

  • to provide significantly more teaching in behavioral science to family medicine residents

  • to teach family medicine residents to work collaboratively with behavioral health providers in providing primary care services

  • to increase the capability of the department to conduct research on primary care questions

  • to develop a group of providers for the primary care practices that are part of the UMass/Memorial system

  • to increase the visibility and status of the department nationally as a center for innovation in primary care service and training.

The reasons fellows choose to come to our program for post-doctoral training are:

  • to practice evidence-based psychology in a primary care environment

  • to make meaningful scholarly contributions, particularly by learning how to conduct applied research projects leading to practice-based evidence for integrated care

  • to have a teaching role and develop teaching skills while still in training and receiving supervision that can help shape and improve their teaching styles

  • to prepare for a position as a health provider in primary care and/or as a faculty member in a medical or medical education and training setting

  • to obtain advanced and specialized training in clinical health psychology which enables them to seek board certification (ABPP) in clinical health psychology.

Fellows become part of a family medicine resident class. Having behavioral health providers as peers in their training helps residents develop the personal relationships on which collaboration is based. Having family medicine residents as peers in their training helps the fellows develop familiarity with the primary care setting in an environment of support where help with the vagaries of “medical culture” is easily available.        







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