Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Didactics

Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Contact Information

M. Denise Connelly, PhD

(608) 263-9372


UW Health Clinical Services

Health Psychology

Health Psychology Didactics


In addition to the clinical training experiences, fellows are required to participate in various seminars, discussions and case presentations with other trainees and Health Psychology faculty throughout the year. These scheduled didactics include:


Health Psychology Brown Bag Seminar


This is a weekly seminar series that covers a variety of topics relevant to work in health psychology. Fellows and interns attend this seminar, which is facilitated by psychologists and other health care staff. Topics in the past have included:

  • Working with Physical Disability and Chronic Illness
  • Performing Bedside Mental Status Evaluations
  • Working with Families in a Medical Setting
  • The Health Psychologist's Role on a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Psychological Evaluation of Organ Donors and Recipients
  • Patients at End of Life
  • Evaluating Decisional Capacity
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Strategies to Treat Chronic Pain
  • Multicultural Issues in Health Care
  • The Job Market in Health Psychology
  • Community-Based Primary Care Psychology

Health Psychology Ethics Forum


Ethical issues in health psychology are presented and discussed as they pertain to the APA ethics code. The Ethics Forum includes Health Psychology faculty and trainees and occurs four-six times per year. Each fellow is responsible for leading one ethics forum per year.


Case Presentation


Each fellow provides a case presentation per year to the department faculty and other trainees. The schedule for the case presentation will be provided at the early part of the year.


Medical-Surgical Service Training


All trainees and staff on the medical-surgical service meet two times per month to review service procedures and policies, address clinical issues and foster programmatic advancements.


Community Presentations


Each fellow is required to provide a minimum of two presentations to community groups or other health care groups within the institution.


Other Didactics


Fellows are encouraged to attend any Grand Rounds of interest presented by various departments at UW Hospitals and Clinics. Fellows are also invited and have the opportunity to attend other relevant lectures or presentations provided across the university campus.


Fellows are free to use any library and to request library searches or interlibrary loans. A university ID card is required. The Ebling Library is located in the Health Sciences Learning Center for staff and student use. There are a number of other libraries across the campuses that are available to the fellows.