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Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics offers two (2) one-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical Health Psychology.


About Our Program


The program involves a twelve-month, full-time experience (2,000 hours), providing the necessary post-doctoral hours required for licensure to practice psychology independently in the state of Wisconsin. The program is designed to provide didactic and clinical training in preparation for professional work in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, and post-secondary educational institutions. The program is based upon a practitioner-scholar model offering hands-on experience complemented by knowledge of relevant psychological science. Our intent is to prepare fellows to move competently across a variety of health psychology settings and to use a wide range of skills.


Graduates of our program are competitively prepared to work in a variety of settings, including academic medical centers, physical rehabilitation centers, private hospitals, private psychology practice with medical specialization, academic psychology departments, and outpatient medical clinics.


Program Philosophy


Based in a nationally-recognized academic medical center, the fellowship program involves training with a wide variety of patients, problems, and treatment teams. Our philosophy is to provide a broad array of experiences across the medical center rather than specialized training in one or two areas. Most of the training involves inpatient medical and surgical patients, but there is opportunity to see patients through the outpatient Health Psychology Clinic as well.


Fellows work across a variety of medical services and provide assessment and treatment to patients with acute and chronic needs. Much of the focus is on adult patients, though there are occasional opportunities to see pediatric patients and their families. Fellows also perform outpatient pre-surgical transplantation evaluations for both potential organ transplant recipients and for living organ donors. Fellows perform consultation with multidisciplinary medical teams and often play a key role as the psychological consultant to these teams. Fellows also have the opportunity to engage in program development, supervision of practicum students (when on site) and/or teaching of medical residents during their training year.


The fellowship program is a member of APPIC and administered by the Health Psychology faculty within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. The department also is home to two APA-approved pre-doctoral internship positions in Clinical Health Psychology and a number of graduate practicum students.