Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

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M. Denise Connelly, PhD

(608) 263-9372


UW Health Clinical Services

Health Psychology Program


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Health Psychology Practicum Program

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University Hospital offers two one-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical Health Psychology.


About Our Program


The program involves a 12-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 number of settings, including academic medical centers, private hospitals, independent psychology practices 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. A minimum of 80 percent of each fellow's time is focused on adult medical-surgical patients. In this capacity, fellows work across a variety of medical services and provide assessment and treatment to patients with acute and chronic needs. Also included in this 80 percent time is the opportunity to perform outpatient evaluations. Both fellows will perform outpatient pre-surgical transplantation evaluations for potential organ transplant recipients and for potential living organ donors.


Each of the two fellows will then spend the other 20 percent time on one of the following Adult Specialty tracks:

  • UW Health at The American Center (TAC), an off-site satellite hospital and range of clinics which is associated with UWHC. Fellows work with inpatients with less acute medical conditions, and also outpatients in the Surgical Weight Management Clinic, the Wellness Center, and the Osteoarthritis Clinic. Fellows provide assessment and intervention services to patients, as well as consultation to medical teams and shared medical visits under the supervision of licensed psychologists. The fellow is at this site one day per week.
    Supervisors: Lisa Nackers, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Kimberly Fleischmann, Ph.D.

  • UW Carbone Cancer Center (CCC), which is housed within the UWHC, provides outpatient services to cancer patients. This rotation involves assessment and treatment of adults with cancer and their families across the cancer continuum, including diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end of life. The fellow’s training experiences can include outpatient individual and group psychotherapy, assessment of BMT candidates and work in the medical clinics alongside the oncology team.
    Supervisors: Erin Costanzo, Ph.D., Lisa McGuffey, Ph.D., and Lori Dubenske, Ph.D.

The fellowship program is a member of APPIC and is administered by the Health Psychology faculty within the Department of Behavioral Health.

Throughout their experiences and the training year, fellows are required to 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 Behavioral Medicine.