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A Letter From the President

From your SfHP President > Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP What a year! As I write my final communication as SfHP President, I recognize that few of us have the words to fully capture what the past 18+ months have been like for our members, families, organizations, and communities. It is frankly indescribable. No question that we have faced complex challenges –some new and almost … Continue reading A Letter From the President

Psychologists in Scrubs – Caring for Patients with COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit

Erin L. Hall, PsyDClinical Health PsychologistDepts of Trauma Surgery & Critical CareNeuroscience Institute Geisinger Medical Center Since the late 1990s, researchers and clinicians have become increasingly aware of the fact that the intensive care unit (ICU) is a virtual hotbed for the development of chronic and sometimes intractable cognitive and mental health difficulties.  Delirium, while less pervasive than it once was due to paradigm shifts … Continue reading Psychologists in Scrubs – Caring for Patients with COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit

HEADucation Initiative

Allison Verhaak, PhDClinical Health PsychologistHartford Healthcare Headache CenterAyer Neuroscience InstituteAssistant Professor of NeurologyUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine Brian Grosberg, MD, FAHSDirector, Hartford Healthcare Headache CenterProgram Director, Headache and Facial Pain FellowshipDirector, HEADucationAyer Neuroscience InstituteProfessor of NeurologyUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine ———————————————————————————————Headache disorders, including migraine, cluster headache, and tension-type headache, are a leading cause of disability around the world, and migraine affects 12% of … Continue reading HEADucation Initiative

Three funerals and a vacation: Using my professional experience to understand my personal journey navigating a pandemic

Kristina Pecora, PsyD, MAPPClinical PsychologistUnited States Institute of Peace & NVision You, LLC My husband and I were fully vaccinated at the end of April. We looked forward to re-emerging from the pandemic celebrating a return to friends, family and “normal” life. The post-vaccine invites did, indeed, start coming in . . . for funerals. Suddenly, we looked at our calendar and realized we had … Continue reading Three funerals and a vacation: Using my professional experience to understand my personal journey navigating a pandemic

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

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 anything below 93% was unacceptable. … Continue reading Accepting “Good Enough”: Cultivating Self-Compassion as an ECP

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What’s Inside

Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, MS Clinical Health Psychologist Spine Wellness Center Ayer Neuroscience Institute Institute of Living, Hartford Healthcare  Welcome to the Summer Issue of The Health Psychologist! This issue highlights some of the impactful clinical contribution’s health psychologists have made and will continue to make as we continue to navigate a pandemic. It also features fantastic interdisciplinary work in medical education and a must-read on introspection … Continue reading What’s Inside