Julie Wood-Warner, Ph.D.
Behavioral Science Faculty/Psychologist
E-mail: Julie.Woodwarner@Hcamidwest.com

Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Psychology, University of Kansas

Graduate School:
Master's in Counseling, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas

Internship/Residency:
Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas

Personal Comments/Philosophy:
When I joined the faculty in 2001, a friend of mine asked how I could leave the University of Kansas after being affiliated with the Jayhawks for nearly half of my life. True, I did receive all three of my degrees from KU, and I worked in Student Counseling and Educational Support Services at KU Medical Center for nearly 5 years before I broke away. But I was ready to expand my horizons-- not just by working in Missouri (no Tiger blood in me!), but by moving to a Family Medicine program. Don’t worry fellow Jayhawks, I am still a HUGE KU fan, especially during basketball season - the residents can attest to this fact when the Final Four brackets are posted.

Working in a family medicine residency program is a natural fit. I too am a generalist with experience and training ranging from Behavioral Pediatrics to Geriatrics, my primary interest has always been in health psychology.  I also grew up in a medically-oriented family (my father and grandfather were physicians, my mother was a medical technologist, my grandmother was a nurse, and my aunt is a Nurse Practitioner) Given this and my previous work with medical students and residents, I feel right at home in the family medicine residency program.  My position as the Behavioral Science faculty member gives me a lot of role diversity and is always exciting. I love teaching, advising, supervising, developing curriculum, collaborating with the faculty physicians and residents and continuing my clinical work as a psychologist in a family medicine environment. I feel like I get to do it all! Most of all, I love watching people grow. Whether it is my family, my own clients, or the residents here.  I feel a tremendous sense of privilege being able to participate in their efforts to gain confidence and understanding, learn new skills, and become empowered by self-discovery.

One of the things that I’ve learned in my own self-discovery is that my efforts to do it all are possible only because I have tremendous love and support from my family. My husband, Chris, is an incredible partner. He’s a better “wife” than I am and a terrific parent to our 2 children.  I am truly passionate about my work and professional interests in women’s issues, balancing career and family, and stress and coping responses, but my own family makes it all happen for me.
 

Professional Society Memberships:
American Psychological Association, 1986-present                                                                  

Society of Teachers in Family Medicine, 2001-present
Kansas Psychological Association, President, 2003,2005, Past President, 2004, 2006
Kansas Psychological Association, Kansas City area representative, 2001
Greater Kansas City Psychological Association, Board Member 2000-2003

Other personal Information:
Much of my “free” time is spent commuting from one kid’s activity to another. Not only do I love cheering for my daughter, son, and husband in their soccer games, but also I am a REAL soccer mom. I play in a Mom’s league on Monday nights, a great way to relieve stress and have fun.  My athletic skill (or ability to create comic relief for others) expanded when my husband and I joined the residents' softball team, "Big Daddy's Night Floaters".  When I get a spare moment, I also love to garden, take pictures, make homemade greeting cards and other arts and crafts projects, and cuddle with our 115-lb monster dog,  two rabbits, cockatiels and our latest pet project 2 hermit crabs.