Jennifer Wray, PhD
Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Bachelor of Arts, Providence College
PhD in Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo
Tell us about yourself:
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH). Prior to coming to CIH my research focused on cigarette craving and the assessment of tobacco use in daily and nondaily smokers. My current position has allowed me to bring my research into the exciting area of primary care-mental health integration. I now focus on increasing the reach of tobacco and alcohol interventions in integrated primary care settings. In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and spending time outdoors.
1. Describe your fellowship research project and why you are interested in studying more about this area.
This project focuses on qualitative interviews with behavioral health providers and primary care providers to better understand the barriers and facilitators of implementing brief interventions for tobacco use and alcohol misuse in integrated primary care settings. In the second phase of this project, we will be using these responses to create a survey that will be filled out by providers working in integrated primary care clinics to assess these barriers and facilitators on a larger scale. I am excited about work in this area because we already have a great evidence base for the effectiveness of brief interventions for tobacco use and alcohol misuse and we have wide access to patients who are using tobacco and alcohol in the primary care setting. Further, integrated primary care clinics offer unique opportunities for the delivery of these interventions, as they have behavioral health providers on staff. This project will help us identify areas that we can target to better implement brief tobacco and alcohol interventions into these settings.
2. Who is your project mentor?
3. What is the best & worst thing about working with your mentor?
Jen is so passionate about integrated healthcare and is always excited to talk about research in this area. She helps me get excited when I’m bogged down in writing or stuck on a problem. She also excels at getting down to the nitty gritty details of a project. For example, she would ask me- how are we going to identify these providers? How will you convince them it is worth the time to participate? The toughest part is that we are located at different sites, but we have really made this work through weekly phone meetings and face to face contact at least once a month.
4. What attracted you to the field of collaborative care?
This field is ripe with clinical and research opportunities and I really believe it is the wave of the future.
5. What are your future plans?
Soon I will move on from my postdoctoral position and hope to have a long term career in field of integrated primary care.
6. In all of the field, who is the person you look up to the most and why?
Of course my research mentor on this project, Jen Funderburk, because of all she has taught me about research and clinical practice in the field of integrated primary care.
7. What publications and presentations came out of your fellowship project?
We recently began data collection for this project but will have our first presentation at the 2016 CFHA meeting.