Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellows


Fellowship Director

Kathryn Fraser, PhD

Halifax Medical Center FMR

Dr Fraser is the Psychologist/Behavioral Medicine Coordinator in the Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her special interests include cross-cultural health, anxiety disorders, professionalism in medicine, and the doctor-patient relationship. She especially enjoys one on one teaching/consultation with residents, curriculum development, and coordinating faculty development in her program. She recently published articles about counseling skills of family physicians with her colleagues in the Florida Behavioral Medicine Consortium. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga, and exploring Florida’s parks with their lovable dog. 

Director of Mentoring

Terri Wall, PhD

St Vincent's Medical Center

Dr Wall is the Director of Behavioral Sciences at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency in Jacksonville, Florida. Her interests include integrated primary care and professional wellness/resiliency. She enjoys consultation with residents, innovative curriculum development with colleagues, and teaching professional collaboration between physicians and behavioral health professionals. She has received the Impact Award at The Forum for a group lecture on Behavioral Interviewing and is a board member of Mental Health America Jacksonville. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, playing tennis, and reading.


Claudia Allen, PhD

University of Virginia

Dr Allen is the director of Behavioral Science at the University of Virginia. She received a BA in Psychology and a JD from Yale and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Virginia. In family medicine, Dr Allen particularly enjoys training residents and graduate students in family therapy behind a one-way mirror, integrating point-of-care mental health services in primary care and medical inpatient units, and co-leading Practice Inquiry groups. With her colleague Ted Siedlecki, she received the Impact Award at the Forum for a workshop on Brief Wellness Activities. Outside work, she enjoys traveling with her family, acrylic painting, and restocking her Little Free Library.


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.


Robert Cushman, MD

Asylum Hill Family Medicine Center

Dr Cushman graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed residency at Highland Hospital/University of Rochester. At UConn, his faculty roles have included medical director, program director, and department chair. His academic interests include asthma, doctor-patient-family relationships, integrated behavioral health, community-oriented primary care, and international family medicine. He is a past president of CFHA, and has been an active member of STFM. He and his wife, Deborah, raised their two children in Connecticut, and are now proud grandparents of two grandsons. His favorite activities are hiking, kayaking/canoeing, cycling, and cross-country skiing.


Dominique Fons, MD

University of Illinois Peoria FMR

Dr Fons is a family medicine physician who joined the University of Illinois Peoria Family Residency Program in February 2017. After teaching middle school math and science for 8 years, she received her medical degree from University of Illinois in Chicago in 2008 and completed her residency at Ascension Family Medicine Residency Program in Milwaukee, WI in 2011. During residency, she completed extra training in Behavioral Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She has served as faculty in another residency in Illinois for 5 years. Her medical interests include: mind-body medicine, physician wellness, OMT, health literacy and behavioral health.


Michelle Kane, PsyD

Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital

Dr Kane completed her doctorate at Wright State University and a Fellowship through Michigan State University and Genesys Regional Medical Center. She began her career as the coordinator of Behavioral Sciences at the Cone Health FMR in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1999. She continues to call Greensboro and the Cone FMR her home. Helping residents learn ways to navigate the medical encounter is one of her favorite things to do as an educator. When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and two children, running, and cooking.


Betsy Longenecker, MD

St. Mary's Family Medicine

Dr Longenecker served on the St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency faculty for over 20 years and is still involved in teaching and precepting residents, alongside her behavioral health faculty and fellows. While she had her own practice at the residency, she was introduced to integrated care and was energized to learn more and promote this model. She is associate medical director at Rocky Mountain Health Plans and chairs the Behavioral Health Oversight Committee there. Her areas of interests include womens' health, contraception, geriatrics, health care policy, and patient-doctor communication. She is married with two grown sons, and enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, cooking, and camping.


Osman Sanyer, MD

University of Utah Health

Dr Sanyer is a BS/MD graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Rochester. After arriving in Salt Lake City in 1986, Dr. Sanyer taught residents and students while working in community health center system prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in 1997. Following 17 years as the PD or associate program director, Osman shifted his focus to behavioral health curriculum in 2010. He has two young adult children and enjoys the cultural opportunities and outdoor activities offered by life in a mountain city.


Jim Schmidt, MSW, LISW

Riverside Methodist Hospitals

Dr Schmidt is director of Behavioral Science with the Riverside Methodist Hospital FMR. He received his BA from Jesuit University, his MSW from Ohio State University, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Past experiences in psychiatry include corrections (forensics), inpatient adult and adolescent program development, clinical supervision, and outpatient and emergency psychiatric services. Other experiences include employee assistance counseling, patient-family centered care, and assisting staff with developing interpersonal and leadership skills. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, and watching ice hockey.

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