Behavioral Medicine Center

Location and Contact Information

  • Phone: (434) 924-5314
  • Fax: (434) 924-0185
  • Address: Behavioral Medicine Center PO Box 800223 University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, VA 22908
  • The Behavioral Medicine Center is located in UVA Hospital West, Collins IV (formally Barringer), room 4472.

Faculty:

  • Amit Shahane, Ph.D. – Director of Behavioral Medicine
  • Jaclyn Shepard, Psy.D. – Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine
  • Virginia Andersen, Ph.D.
  • Heather Bruschwein, Psy.D., ABPP
  • Casey Cavanagh, Ph.D.
  • Brian Ludwin, Ph.D.
  • Joanna Yost, Ph.D.

Clinical: The Behavioral Medicine Center provides outpatient psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation services for a wide variety of patient populations and presenting problems. Referral sources include UVA medical clinics and providers in the community. Patients referred present with psychological factors that impact medical symptoms or conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurological conditions

Common goals for treatment include:

  • Improving adjustment to, and coping with, emotional and behavioral demands of acute, chronic, and life-threatening medical problems
  • Reducing anxiety within the context of acute, chronic, and life-threatening medical problems
  • Improving mood within the context of acute, chronic, and life-threatening medical problems
  • Improving quality of life within the context of acute, chronic, and life-threatening medical problems
  • Increasing adherence to medical regimens.

The Behavioral Medicine Center fosters a collaborative approach to patient care and provides comprehensive assessment and treatment guided by each patient’s presenting concerns and goals for treatment.  Patients’ ages range from early childhood to older adults. Presenting problems are typically treated with evidence-based treatment protocols that are individually-tailored to a patient’s personality and needs. A cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment is typically utilized with the course of treatment averaging between 12-24 sessions.

Education: The Behavioral Medicine Center faculty members have primary responsibility for training postdoctoral fellows in Behavioral Medicine. These faculty members are also clinical supervisors for psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents. They provide supervision and training in evidence-based psychotherapy within the Behavioral Medicine Center and in the Out-Patient Psychiatric Clinic.

Research: The Behavioral Medicine Center faculty members also engage in research in the areas of: Diabetes, Pediatric Elimination Disorders, Insomnia, Cystic Fibrosis, HIV, Cardiology, Psychotherapy Outcome Effectiveness, Gender Health, Obesity, and Consultation Liaison. Specific project areas include:

  • Human factors in closed loop control algorithms for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.​
  • Development of patient education materials for clinical interpretation and use of continuous glucose monitoring in type 1 diabetes management.
  • Evaluation of treatment efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy treatment of insomnia.