Household drugs and psychologist Joseph Tan, PhD, cares for sufferers at our native household drugs clinics. His sufferers have quite a lot of psychological well being circumstances:
He additionally sees transgender sufferers.
MEET A UVA PSYCHOLOGIST
We requested Tan to reply our 7 Fast Questions.
Why did you grow to be a health care provider?
I made a decision to grow to be a scientific psychologist initially due to my curiosity in how individuals type and preserve relationships. I am additionally within the impression relationships can have on life extra broadly.
Changing into a psychologist gave me a possibility to check relationships and put what I discovered into apply when it comes to serving to individuals. I am drawn to complicated issues. Peoples’ psychological experiences will be some of the complicated, troublesome issues that somebody can work on.
Why did you select your specialty?
My specialty inside scientific psychology is major care behavioral well being. I give attention to integrating bodily healthcare with behavioral healthcare. On this method, behavioral well being “consultants” are embedded in major care clinics. This gives a low-barrier, usually same-day evidence-based behavioral well being intervention as a part of the first care staff.
I selected this specialty as a result of I see it as a vital a part of what a greater system for behavioral healthcare appears like sooner or later. It has the potential to normalize getting assist for behavioral well being issues. Performs a prevention function in strengthening behavioral well being, and meet sufferers the place they’re already at when it comes to receiving healthcare in a trusted setting.
What’s one factor about your specialty that may shock individuals?
That it exists! Whereas major care behavioral well being is a rising area, most major care clinics do not function on that mannequin. So it may be a shock at some locations that it is occurring. Main care behavioral well being also can shock individuals as a result of it would not at all times look precisely like common conceptions of remedy.
Whereas I’ve a snug sofa in my workplace, I usually see sufferers within the examination room as they’re getting their bodily healthcare. I work hand-in-hand with the remainder of the first care staff to develop the behavioral well being a part of their remedy plan.
What’s probably the most thrilling factor occurring in your area proper now?
We’re simply scratching the floor of the first care behavioral well being mannequin’s potential. So there’s rather a lot to stay up for.
Nonetheless, I am most excited by the combination of major care behavioral well being into inhabitants well being efforts nationwide. We all know that bodily well being and behavioral well being are deeply entwined with one another. Healthcare methods across the nation are seeing major care behavioral well being as an vital element of their efforts to enhance well being at a inhabitants degree. They see the need of addressing behavioral well being wants as a way to adequately handle bodily well being wants.
The place did you develop up?
I grew up in Wilmington, DE. Sure, I’ve a narrative about operating into President Biden like each different Delawarean. And I went to varsity in Haverford, PA.
Who’s your inspiration or hero?
I haven’t got one particular hero. My mentors have significantly influenced me all through my coaching expertise.
Psychological & Bodily Assist
Our household drugs staff gives each major care and counseling.
Dr. Joseph Allen (UVA Psychology) was my analysis mentor throughout my PhD program. He bestowed a view of adolescence as a time of nice social progress and growth (versus “storm and stress”). And helped me perceive how the constructions of our society do not give teenagers the perfect probability to develop typically.
Docs Claudia Allen (UVA Household Medication and who I get to work with nonetheless!) and Ted Siedlecki (my predecessor at UVA Household Medication) formed my method to affected person care. They taught me the values of being versatile and prepared to tackle challenges.
Dr. Sarah Hartley (Salem VA Medical Middle) helped me perceive the true potential and attain of major care behavioral well being and evokes me to work to develop this method to care.
What’s your favourite factor about working at UVA?
I really like the individuals I work with, together with workers, trainees, and fellow school! Being on a staff and attending to work together repeatedly with individuals from completely different backgrounds and specialties. I be taught on daily basis from the individuals I work with, and it is an actual privilege to get a lot publicity to experience exterior of what I do know.