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Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Mentors

Kathryn Fraser, PhD—Fellowship Director

Kathryn is the Psychologist/Behavioral Medicine Coordinator in the Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency in Daytona Beach, Florida where she has been since 1994.  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 and continues to work on articles about counseling skills of family physicians with her amazing colleagues in the Florida Behavioral Medicine Consortium.  Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, doing yoga and aerobic exercise, and taking walks and exploring Florida’s parks with their lovable dog (and whichever humans want to come along). She found it extremely rewarding to serve as a mentor in Year 3 of the Fellowship and the Director of Mentoring in Years 5 and 6.

Terri Wall, PhD—Director of Mentoring

Terri is the Coordinator of Behavioral Sciences at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency in Jacksonville, Florida.  She attended the University of Florida (BS) and Penn State University (PhD).  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 presented at the Forum and STFM, and received the Impact Award at The Forum for a group lecture on Behavioral Interviewing.   She is a board member of Mental Health America Jacksonville and is involved in local committee work in the area of integrated primary care. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children, playing tennis, and reading (almost anything). She was a year 4 Fellow and found the experience extremely energizing.  She is very excited to serve as the Meta-Mentor for the Fellowship this year.

Claudia Allen, PhD

Claudia is the director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a J.D. from Yale and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia. In family medicine, Claudia 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. Current areas of learning include refugee mental health care and delivering mental health services at humanitarian clinics. Claudia has presented at the Forum and at STFM and, with her colleague Ted Siedlecki, received the Impact Award at the Forum for a workshop on Brief Wellness Activities. She is excited to be starting her second round as a BFEF mentor. Outside work Claudia enjoys her traveling with her family, acrylic painting, and restocking her Little Free Library. 

Melissa Arthur, PhD

Melissa Arthur has been the director of Behavioral Science at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York for the past 20 years. She is an associate professor at Upstate Medical University in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She received her education at Syracuse University receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a PhD in Counseling Education. 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. Hobbies include walking and cross country skiing. Presently, with her daughter she is training a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She has been involved with the BFEF previously as a mentor and is looking forward to another year!


Robert Cushman, MD

Rob graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completely residency at the Highland Hospital/University of Rochester program. He served as co-chief resident and pursued additional training in family therapy. He joined the UConn faculty in 1987 as medical director, became program director in 1990, was appointed department chair in 1996, and served in that role for 20 years. Currently, he has resumed teaching students and residents, and hopes to improve the capability of EMRs to manage family/social history and social determinants of health. 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 young grandsons. His favorite recreational activities are hiking, kayaking/canoeing, cycling, and cross-country skiing. 


Dominique Fons, MD

Dominique is a family medicine physician who recently 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

Michelle is in her 17th year as the coordinator of Behavioral Sciences at the Cone Health FMR in Greensboro, North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, she completed her doctorate at Wright State University and a Fellowship in Primary Care Health Psychology through Michigan State University and Genesys Regional Medical Center.  She regularly attends and presents at the Forum and received the Impact Award for a presentation on common provider missteps seen in video percepting.  Helping residents learn ways to navigate the medical encounter is one of her favorite things to do as an educator.  She recently developed an integrated care program and is enjoying the opportunities this brings to her resident learners and psychology students whom she now supervises.  When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and two children, running, and cooking.


Betsy Longenecker, MD

Betsy 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 currently is associate medical director at Rocky Mountain Health Plans; one of her duties there is to chair the Behavioral Health Oversight Committee. Her areas of interests include womens’ health, contraception, geriatrics, health care policy, and patient-doctor communication. She has been a substitute teacher in public high school, a volunteer parenting educator, and a storyteller for elementary school students. She is married with two grown sons, and enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, reading, cooking, camping, and serving as concierge medical consultant for her extended family.


Osman Sanyer, MD

Osman graduated with a BS and an MD from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He completed residency at the University of Rochester. In 1986, he joined a group of physicians and mid-level providers in establishing the Community Health Center system to care for the underserved in Salt Lake City, UT. Osman joined the faculty at the University of Utah 1987; he served as the program director or associate program director for 17 years. Initially his interests were in maternal/child health and obstetrics, but his focus shifted to behavioral health, and he has been building this curriculum for 6 years. His research interests include mindfulness in clinical care and the role of patient narrative in care teams. Osman previously served as a faculty mentor of the BFEF fellowship from 2014-2015. 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

Jim received his BA  in Sociology from Jesuit University and his MSW from The Ohio State University. In addition to being a Licensed Independent Social Worker, he is certified in health and wellness coaching. Past experiences in psychiatry include corrections (forensics), inpatient adult and adolescent program development and clinical supervision, and outpatient and emergency psychiatric services. Other experiences include employee assistance counseling, patient-family centered care, and workforce relations, assisting staff and management with developing interpersonal and leadership skills. His passion for coaching and development led him to his current full-time faculty position with the Riverside Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program as director of Behavioral Science since 2005. Jim has presented nationally at STFM, ACGME, and at regional conferences. Outside interests include spending time with his family and friends, fishing, watching ice hockey, and various community services.

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