Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science is a unique aspect of the field of Family Medicine. Specialized training in this area prepares providers to care for the whole person within their unique biopsychosocial environment. It also promotes provider wellness through self-reflection and mindful work. Our behavioral science curriculum is based on the Family Medicine Behavioral Science principles outlined by Baird and colleagues:


Baird, M. A., Hepworth, J., Myerholtz, L., Reitz, R., & Danner, C. (2017). Fifty years of contributions of behavioral science in family medicine. Fam Med49(4), 296-303.

Residents receive communication skills training through video review of patient encounters and communication-focused simulation center sessions which include practice with standardized patients. Provider self-awareness and reflective practice are taught and strengthened through narrative medicine and Balint Group sessions in weekly didactics. Sessions focusing on provider wellness skills are also included in the PGY-1 core skills curriculum and the Lifestyle Medicine curriculum. Our behavioral faculty member, clinical psychologist Dr. Taylor, provides clinic co-precepting and leads psychosocial rounds on the inpatient Family Medicine Teaching Service to teach core behavioral health topics and skills and biopsychosocial contextual care. She also leads sessions on these topics in weekly didactics.