Water Your Roots


Meg Crotty, Psy.D. Clinical Health Psychology Fellow Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Early Career Psychologist. It was not easy, but we finally made it! I recently saw a video that resonated with me and my graduate school experience up to this point in my career. Essentially the video discussed how you eat, study, cry, workout, celebrate, and mourn life events with your …

False Peaks


Andrew Dunkle, Ph.D., ABPP Just when you feel as though you’ve crossed the finish line and matched to your dream internship site or landed your first job post-graduation, someone asks you about your plans for licensure, fellowships, and board certification. Initially, it is easy enough to stay in the moment and enjoy your work; but as time goes on, your …

Leadership as an Early Career Psychologist


Julie Radico, Psy.D., ABPP (Pronouns: She/Her) Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology Associate Professor Department of Family & Community Medicine Penn State Health Individuals pursuing and/or newly involved in leadership may face a steep learning curve. There are many opportunities for leadership as an ECP, but also many questions (e.g. “am I qualified,” “should I apply,” “when should I speak …

Early career lessons in navigating pediatric chronic pain care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Grace S. Kao, Ph.D., ABPP Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology Pediatric Pain Psychologist Pediatric Pain Medicine Division|Psychology Section Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine and Pediatrics Texas Children’s Hospital They say time seems to speed up as one grows older. Indeed, it is strange to look back and recognize I have been …

Accepting “Good Enough”: Cultivating Self-Compassion as an ECP

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Christina Rowan, PhD, ABPPBoard-Certified Clinical Health PsychologistAkron Physician Wellness Initiative My own struggle with perfectionism began in elementary school. As early as age 9, I remember studying diligently for each exam, starting every project and paper long before the due date, and completing my daily homework before allowing myself to relax or play. 97% was good, 95% was okay, and …

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SOS: Asking for Help as an ECP

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Courtney McCuen-Wurst, PsyD, LCSWLicensed PsychologistUniversity of Pennsylvania To say this past year has been rough is an understatement.  As an early career psychologist, working from home and monitoring a seven year old during virtual schooling and a three year old ball of energy, I have certainly had my moments of insanity.  I have learned a lot about myself with the …

Social Capital and Mentorship: Tools from the Precipice for Early Career Professionals

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Stacy Ogbeide, PsyD, ABPP, CSOWMAssociate Professor/ClinicalDept. of Family & Community MedicineUT Health San AntonioTwitter: @DrStacyO1 2020 has been quite the year thus far. Loss of social connectedness continues to be a central theme in our national conversations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., physical/social distancing). Social connectedness in the U.S., however, has been eroding at an increasing rate …

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Going Back to Basics: Health Psychology Core Competencies as a “How To” Guide for Supporting the COVID-19 Response

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Margaret R. Bauer, PhD Palliative Care Psychologist Health Psychology Service VA Connecticut Healthcare System As I scanned my office bookshelves filled with textbooks, treatment manuals, and even binders of graduate school notes, I found myself wishing for something like “Health Psychology during a Pandemic”, or even, “Health Psychology for Dummies: Pandemic Edition.” In March, I was five months out of …

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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Developing Healthy Habits for a Sustainable Career

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Marchion Hinton, P.h.D., LP Associate Program Director Behavioral Science Co-Director Family Medicine Residency Program Hennepin County Medical Center   There are many competing priorities to juggle throughout any given work day: documenting patient encounters, supervision responsibilities, fighting imposter syndrome. Managing the full list of responsibilities and pressures with finite resources can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion. We know that …

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Más Que Palabras (More Than Words): Time for Action Steps to Diversify the Health Psychology Workforce

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James J. García, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Maleeha T. Abbas, B.Sc., Doctoral Student University of La Verne   The Need for a Diverse Workforce Joaquín comes from a Mexican American family; his father, Joaquín Sr., immigrated to the U.S. as a migrant worker and was employed by the meat processing industry in the 1980’s. After 30 years working in the meat …