Health Psychology Rotations (Adult)
Drs. Labott, Beckman, & Shelby
Health Psych Clinical experiences: Interns will work with
medical patients in either inpatient (medical floors) or outpatient
settings. The clinical rotation can include any combination of the
1. Oncology (inpatient and outpatient): Individual therapy with
patients receiving chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, surgery;
issues around new diagnosis, anxiety, depression, end-of-life
concerns; participate in support groups and multidisciplinary team
2. General hospital consultation (inpatient only): Assessment and
individual psychotherapy with medical patients referred from a
variety of inpatient floors including cardiology, renal/liver
transplant, geriatric medicine, neurosurgery, and infectious
3. Pre-surgery psychological evaluations: Pre-bariatric surgery and
cochlear implant evaluations are conducted.
• Potential surgical candidates for gastric bypass, sleeve
gastrectomy, and lap-band procedures are referred for evaluation.
These individuals are evaluated with both clinical interview and
psychological questionnaires. Recommendations are made to the
surgical team following the evaluation. Many individuals require
follow-up either pre- or post-surgery. Individuals are seen most
commonly for the treatment of depression, behavioral management of
weight, or psychological factors that impact food intake. We also
participate as guest speakers in post-surgery groups for bariatric
• Additionally, comprehensive psychological evaluations for
individuals planning to have cochlear implantation are also
conducted, which often includes brief neuropsychological screening.
Recommendations including additional neuropsychological testing or
individual psychotherapy are also made.
4. Rehabilitation medicine (inpatient only): Assessment and
individual treatment as a member of a team of professionals (e.g.,
physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech
and language pathologists); patients with a variety of medical
problems are seen on this unit including CVA, brain injury, multiple
sclerosis, prolonged hospitalizations, surgery, and a variety of
other medical problems.
5. Outpatient therapy: Assessment and individual psychotherapy with
patients referred from various medical specialties including
neurology, cardiology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, etc.
Special requirements: Clinical rotations can be done for either 6 or
12 mts, but 12 is preferred if interns want a variety of inpatient
and outpatient experiences. Health psych seminar is required.
Depending upon the content area, additional seminars/meetings may
also be required, e.g., weekly inpatient multidisciplinary staffing
on stem cell unit for interns working in oncology.
Health Psych Clinical-Research experiences: Interns work with
medical patients in the context of research. Can be done for either
6 or 12 mts, and can involve any of the following areas:
1. Emotional expression and social support in Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease. This study is designed to look at the
interrelationships among emotional expressions and social support in
chronic pulmonary patients in comparison to healthy controls and
patients with non-pulmonary medical problems. This study is one in a
series of studies looking at psychological issues in individuals
with chronic lung disease. Interns participating in this rotation
will recruit and interview participants and be involved with data
management. Opportunities to participate in statistical analyses,
development of papers/presentations, and new research in this area
are available at times.
2. Predictors of bariatric surgery. See above for clinical
responsibilities related to bariatric surgery. We have a database of
several psychological questionnaires and related factors that have
been collected during pre-bariatric surgery evaluations with
patients, which can be analyzed for development of