Contact Information

Cheryl Carmin, Ph.D.
Professor &
Director of Clinical Psychology Training
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-0697

Clinical Health Psychology Track

The Clinical Health Psychology Track comprises four rotations, each lasting six months: behavioral cardiology, psychosocial oncology, transplant psychology and women’s behavioral health. Interns are expected to spend 80 percent of their time engaged in clinical activities, with the remaining time devoted to lectures, seminars, journal club, department grand rounds and other training opportunities such as electives.

Interns receive a minimum of two hours per week of individual supervision from their rotation supervisors. Interns also receive supervision in other settings as well, such as clinical case conferences, patient rounds and elective experiences.

Below is an example of an intern's training schedule:

July – December

January – June

Transplant Psychology

Women’s Behavioral Health

Behavioral Cardiology

Psychosocial Oncology



Behavioral Cardiology

Interns will spend six months working on the cardiology service, providing treatment to individuals with both acute and chronic cardiac conditions that are having a negative impact on their quality of life. Interns will round with and are part of the interprofessional Congestive Heart Failure Consult Team (faculty cardiologist, advanced nurse practitioners, cardiology fellows and a faculty psychologist). Trainees see patients who are hospitalized at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Interns will provide short-term interventions for inpatients and assess whether outpatient follow-up is needed. We emphasize the use of evidence-based interventions to reduce depression and/or anxiety associated with coronary conditions.

In addition, interns will use behavioral interventions to facilitate the patient’s adherence to medical and dietary interventions aimed at promoting lifestyle change. Interns will observe various aspects of assessment and treatment of heart disease (e.g., interventional cardiology such as angioplasty percutaneous cardiac intervention, cardiac catheterization, ECG, treadmill testing) provided by faculty members from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

In addition to clinical activities, interns will participate in lectures and meetings offered at the Ross Heart Hospital/Division of Cardiology. Interns receive a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision.

Transplant Psychology

During the six-month transplant psychology rotation, interns will learn to become proficient in pretransplant psychosocial assessments for transplant recipients and living kidney donors, and in treating post-transplant patients with appropriate psychological interventions. This rotation includes a combination of inpatient and outpatient experiences.

Interns can participate in weekly organ transplant patient selection meetings. In addition, they may participate in ongoing research or help initiate a new project based on their interest.

Psychosocial Oncology

The six-month rotation in oncology is primarily an outpatient training experience focused on providing psychosocial oncology services to patients at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. In the outpatient setting, interns will complete initial psycho-diagnostic assessments and learn to differentially diagnose psychological disorders in the context of medical illness.

As an essential member of a multidisciplinary team, interns provide psychotherapy for patients with a variety of cancer diagnoses. Interns will also have opportunities to complete brief cognitive screens to assess cognitive functioning and intervene to assist patients in developing skills to manage treatment-related cognitive effects.

Common presenting problems include depression, anxiety, end of life concerns, survivorship issues, pre-existing mental health diagnoses, fear of cancer recurrence and health worry, difficulty managing treatment and side effects (pain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, additional medical complications such as graft versus host disease), medical decision making and communication with medical teams and family. There may also be opportunities to help co-facilitate group therapy with the oncology population, including with patients on active treatments and longer-term cancer survivors. 

Interns will participate in the psychosocial oncology grand rounds on topics essential to the psychosocial care of cancer patients. Interns can also participate in the psychosocial oncology case conference, a monthly inter-professional meeting where complex patient cases are discussed. Trainees are encouraged to give an educational talk on a topic of their choice as part of the JamesCare for Life Survivorship Programming. Research opportunities are also available.

Women's Behavioral Health

Women’s Behavioral Health is an interprofessional Academic Center of Excellence providing care to women experiencing stress or stress-related illness during life events that are unique to women. We provide state-of-the-art care for mood and anxiety disorders, sexual health and stress, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, the postpartum period, gynecologic and breast cancers, menopause and the menstrual cycle.

During this six-month rotation, interns are integral members of a treatment team that includes psychologists and psychiatrists. Emphasis is on enhancing skills in sexual health interventions, psychotherapy to cancer patients and psychotherapeutic interventions for mood and anxiety disorders in the peri-partum. Clinical experiences are primarily outpatient, with some possibility of consultation-liaison work in Labor and Delivery.

Psychology interns are expected to participate in bimonthly team meetings for discussion of cases, clinical matters and research. Once an intern has successfully defended their dissertation, they are eligible to take part in ongoing research projects, work with existing datasets or initiate new projects at the discretion of their supervisor.

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