Category: Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine - Adult

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion 5 - Charting Clinical Psychology Careers in Behavioral Medicine Settings

Friday, November 17
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Aqua Salon C & D, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Career Development | Behavioral Medicine | Professional Issues
Presentation Type: Panel Discussion

Behavioral medicine is a rapidly expanding field that integrates psychosocial and biological knowledge to promote health and reduce illness. Clinical psychologists have much to offer this field, with their expertise in behavioral and cognitive principles and in clinical intervention. Increasingly, clinical psychologists are seeking positions in medical settings because of this. However, they face fresh challenges in adapting cognitive-behavioral principles for practice and research in this professional context. This panel will discuss professional obstacles and opportunities in behavioral medicine-focused careers. The panel was selected across training levels (full professor, junior faculty, psychology intern) and careers (academic medical center, university setting) with the aim of providing guidance for trainees, new clinicians, and junior faculty building careers in medical settings.

Dr. Fuchs will speak to junior faculty careers in an academic medical setting. Dr. Hart will discuss unique aspects of behavioral medicine careers in Canada, as well as careers in university settings. Dr. Satterfield will discuss senior career decisions and leadership within an academic medical setting. Dr. Luberto is currently a postdoctoral fellow and can address early career transitions. Mr. Perry will be on internship, focused in clinical health psychology, from 2017-2018. He will discuss training opportunities at the graduate level when preparing for a career in a behavioral medicine setting. Dr. Blashill will facilitate discussion about clinical/academic careers in behavioral medicine across hospital and research university settings at different stages of training. Questions will focus on unique aspects of working as a psychologist in academic medical centers, as well as evolving NIH priorities impacting research career development. These questions will be framed around practical advice for career development. Each presenter will address questions posed by the chair and time will be set aside for audience members to ask questions.


Learning Objectives:

Cara Fuchs

Associate Psychologist / Instructor
Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School


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Trevor A. Hart

Ryerson University


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Christina M. Luberto

Postdoctoral Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital


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Nicholas S. Perry

Graduate student
University of Utah


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Aaron J. Blashill

Assistant Professor
SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology


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