Integrated Behavioral Health


Through an integrated health approach, the department of Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine will collaborate to recruit and train 36 residents to work with persons in rural, vulnerable, and medically underserved communities. This approach will expand the number of behavioral health professionals who will stay and work in primary care settings in Tennessee and nationwide.



  1. Improve workforce distribution in RUMUAs across Tennessee.
  2. To increase the number of trained behavioral health practitioners through an integrative health educational approach to improve the mental health status of vulnerable populations through access and availability of mental health services.
  3. Develop and maintain a behavioral health care workforce that is prepared to deliver high quality behavioral health care in a practice transforming health care delivery system with an emphasis on RUMUAs



Lloyda Williamson, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Tel: 615 327-6727       Email:    

Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Ph.D., Project Director (PCMH)
Vice President, Faculty Affairs & Development, President Immed Office
Meharry Medical College
(615) 327-6718

Paul D. Juarez, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Director,
Division of Primary Care Training Research,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Phone: 615.327.6692  Email: