Health Psychology Fellowship

Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program offered within the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative, and Primary Care (GPPC), at the University of Minnesota Medical School is designed to provide training to prepare psychologists for careers in health psychology.

There is one position for a one-year, full-time postdoctoral fellow for the 2023-2024 training cycle.

Description of Training Experiences and Activities

​​The fellow will provide outpatient clinical services at the University of Minnesota Clinics and Surgery Center that will include diagnostic evaluations for adult patients with medical conditions, preoperative psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and cochlear implant candidates, and individual psychotherapy for a broad range of medical and psychological conditions.  Outpatient services are provided both via telehealth and in person.  Additionally, the fellow will provide in-person care on the inpatient Health Psychology Consultation-Liaison Service at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). Outpatient and inpatient clinical services involve contact with diverse populations and include referrals from a wide range of medical specialties such as bariatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, neurology, oncology, otolaryngology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pulmonology, surgery, and transplant. It is anticipated that the fellow’s clinical time will be divided approximately equally between outpatient and inpatient care.

The position entails 90% clinical responsibilities and 10% time for research. In addition to clinical care, the fellow’s clinical time also includes individual supervision, multidisciplinary medical team meetings, consultation, grand grounds, didactic seminars, case conferences, chart review, and participation in other professional activities.

Although this position is primarily clinical, opportunities for scholarship and education exist. There is an expectation that fellows produce at least one scholarly product by the end of the fellowship. Scholarship opportunities comprise conducting independent research, working on established research relevant to adult health psychology populations, and/or other interprofessional research collaborations. Opportunities for presenting psychoeducational seminars for patients in various multidisciplinary clinics and/or for interprofessional professional audiences arise and are encouraged.


Training Sites

Outpatient training occurs at the MHealth Fairview Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC) on the University of Minnesota campus. The CSC opened in 2016 and is home to 37 adult medical specialty services as well as primary care. It features state-of-the-art technology, imaging services, 10 operating rooms, and a retail pharmacy. We receive referrals most commonly from internal medicine as well as a wide variety of medical specialties. Virtual outpatient visits are conducted through the Amwell platform integrated into our electronic medical record (Epic) and may take place at the CSC or in a remote location such as the provider’s home office.

Situated three blocks from the CSC, inpatient training opportunities are located at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) East Bank Hospital. Health Psychology offers a consultation-liaison service supporting the many internal medicine and specialty medical teams providing patient care. This hospital is a level II trauma center and has over 800 hospital beds. We most commonly consult with general internal medicine teams, but consultations are commonly placed from a wide range of medical specialties.

A virtual tour of these training locations and other buildings on the Medical School campus can be accessed here.

Program Objectives

The Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School aims to prepare psychologists for careers in clinical health psychology, with a focus on preparation for work in academic health centers, by providing supervised clinical experiences as well as opportunities for research and education. The fellowship will also provide a strong basis for pursuing board certification in clinical health psychology upon completion of the program.  Graduates are strongly encouraged to pursue board certification.

Supervision & Additional Learning Activities

The fellow will participate in at least 2 hours of individual supervision per week with their primary clinical supervisor(s). There will be additional opportunities to participate in further educational activities which may include, but are not limited to, health psychology team meetings, grand rounds, didactic seminars, and conferences relevant to fellows’ areas of specialization.

Compensation and Benefits

The stipend for this position follows NIH salary guidelines for postdoctoral fellows. 

University benefits are offered and include health, dental, and life insurance, personal and professional leave.

University benefits also include:


By the start of the fellowship, candidates must have completed their doctoral degree from an APA-accredited or CPA-accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and completed an APA-accredited or CPA-accredited internship in a medical setting. An ideal candidate will have experience in providing psychological services with medical populations, research experience, and activity in professional organizations.

Application Process for the 2023-2025 Training Cycle

We are accepting applications for one fellowship position for a flexible start date between July and August 2023. The due date for applications is 12/16/2022.

Application Materials:
1) Cover letter that includes a statement of training experiences, goals for fellowship training, and career objectives
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Three letters of recommendation
4) Graduate transcripts

If you have not completed your dissertation at the time of your application, please include a letter from the chair of your dissertation committee indicating the status of your dissertation and your anticipated date of completion. Please also include information on the status of your dissertation in your cover letter.

To apply, please submit your application materials by email to

Applicants selected for further consideration will interview with faculty virtually via Zoom in late January - early February 2023.

The University of Minnesota does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, or disability. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. View the University's equal opportunity statement. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 612-624-9547.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We seek and encourage a diverse range of candidates representative of all backgrounds, including gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity for this position. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in psychology training or higher education as well as those with clinical and research interests focused on underserved populations, health equity, or other areas of diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Minnesota Medical School is dedicated to providing excellence across our mission - high-quality education for students of all backgrounds, innovative and cutting-edge research, and exceptional clinical outcomes that promote health equity. Through a variety of services and programs, we aim to engage everyone in our collective work toward inclusive excellence, promote equity in access to learning, scientific inquiry, care delivery, and celebrate our diversity through cultural experiences and opportunities on and off campus. Additional information about diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at our institution is located here.

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Fellowship Alumni

Brooke Palmer, PhD, LP
Clinical Health Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Health Psychology Faculty

The fellow will receive supervision from our faculty of health psychologist supervisors sufficient for licensure. Information about our health psychology service can be found on our website. See faculty’s clinical areas of focus and expertise on the webpage.

Rachel Barnes, PhD, LP

Brooke Palmer, PhD, LP

Megan Petrik, PhD, ABPP, LP

William Robiner, PhD, ABPP, LP

Janet Thomas, PhD, LP

Kristi White, PhD, ABPP, LP

Working at the University of Minnesota Medical School

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Contact Information

Mailing Address
MMC 741
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455 

Megan Petrik, PhD, LP, ABPP
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School

Carol Kampa