Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellows


Fellowship Director

Bob McKinney, PhD, LICSW

The University of Alabama

Dr McKinney is an assistant professor of behavioral medicine at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. He is also jointly appointed to the UA School of Social Work and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine Office of Medical Education. He earned the MSW and PHD at the University of Alabama School of Social Work. He is a licensed, independent clinical social worker and a registered yoga therapist. He serves as the director of the University Medical Center Department of Social Services where he maintains an active clinical practice and supervises social work students from UA and other universities in their field placements.
As a faculty member of the UA Family Medicine Residency – Tuscaloosa, he teaches about the social determinants of health and works in interprofessional teams with residents and faculty to address the myriad needs of complex patients. For the School of Social Work, he teaches clinical supervision & ethics and complimentary, alternative, and integrative medicine in the DSW program. He is also appointed by the governor to the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners. 
Mentorship Director

Melissa Arthur, PhD

St Joseph's Hospital Health Center

Dr Arthur is the director of Behavioral Science at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY. She is an associate professor at Upstate Medical University. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a PhD in Counseling Education at Syracuse University. Melissa supervises Syracuse University Mental Health Graduate students at the family medicine residency medical center and provides emotional support for the staff when crises occur in the hospital. At home, she spends time with her husband and two daughters and enjoys walking and cross country skiing. Presently, she is training a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Incoming Mentorship Director

Jay Brieler, MD

St Louis University

Jay Brieler, MD, serves as the associate program director and associate professor of the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency. Dr Brieler received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his Doctor of Medicine from Southern Illinois University. He completed residency at Ramsey Family and Community Medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota with an emphasis on counseling and mental health. His research interests center on the delivery of behavioral health by primary care physicians and integrated behavioral health. He spends most of his free time with his wife and fellow family doc Michele, along with his daughters Isabel and Sophie. He occasionally gets time to play guitar with his band at small cozy venues.
Scholarly Project Director

Katherine Bergs, PhD, LMFT

JPS Family Medicine Residency, Forth Worth, TX

Dr Bergs is the director of behavioral medicine for the department of family medicine at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.  She is originally from North Carolina, and completed training at East Carolina University (PhD, Clinical Health Psychology and MS Marriage and Family Therapy) and University of Colorado (Internship/Fellowship – Primary Care Psychology and Medical Education).  She has been with the JPS family medicine residency for 6 years and is an APD with the program.  She has clinical interests in behavior change interventions, sleep medicine, couples & sexual health interventions, and physician health.  She has research interests in physician health, sports medicine, and wellbeing/organizational interventions.


Amber Cadick, PhD, HSPP
Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Terra Haute, IN

John Cavacece, DO
Grand Rapids Family Medicine Residency, Grand Rapids, MI

Katherine Fortenberry, PhD
University of Utah

Krithika Malhotra, PhD
Northwestern University, McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Lake Forest, Grayslake, IL

Sandy Sulik, MD
Syracuse Community Health Center, Syracuse, NY

Stephen Warnick, MD
Corewell Health Beaumont Grosse Pointe Family Medicine Residency, Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Scholarly Project Mentors

Aaron Grace, PsyD
Waukesha Family Medicine Residency, Waukesha, WI

Adam Guck, PhD
JPS Family Medicine Residency, Fort Worth, TX

Carlie Nikel, PsyD
University of Missouri, Kansas City

Lauren Penwell-Waines, PhD
Novant Health Family Medicine Residency, Cornelius, NC

Danielle L. Terry, PhD, ABPP
Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Program, Sayre, PA

Meredith Williamson, PhD
Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency, Bryan, TX


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