Pamela Steadman-Wood Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Pamela Steadman-Wood, Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified specialist in Geropsychology. Dr. Steadman-Wood is a staff psychologist at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown Alpert Medical School. She earned her doctorate at the University of Rhode Island then completed internship and fellowship at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Steadman-Wood has expertise in integrated care program development and evaluation. Her current professional endeavors focus on the integration of geriatric behavioral health services in primary care settings. Dr. Steadman-Wood is the lead psychologist of the PVAMC HBPC mental health team which provides medical and behavioral health services to veterans with complex co-morbid conditions not managed effectively by traditional outpatient-level care. The goal of the program is to reduce hospitalization, ER utilization, delay institution and optimize quality of life for individuals with advanced illness. Dr. Steadman-Wood’s clinical activities include assessment and treatment of mental health disorders, neuropsychological, functional and capacity evaluations, chronic illness management, behavioral medicine, dementia care management and palliative care. She supervises Brown Clinical Psychology residents and fellows (from both behavioral medicine and neuropsychology tracks) in providing home-based Geropsychology services. Dr. Steadman-Wood is also a training consultant for the VA Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBT) competency training program for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Depression (VA ACT-D) and is involved in mentorship program development/evaluation for early career HBPC psychologists. Dr. Steadman-Wood has received several accolades for her professional Geropsychology services. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She was the recipient of the 2014 Hospital Association of Rhode (HARI) Francis R. Dietz Award for Public Service in recognition of her work developing the geriatric integrated care program in HBPC. Additionally, Dr. Steadman-Wood has received several Special Contribution Awards from the Providence VA for her HBPC integrated care program development efforts.

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Pamela Steadman-Wood, Ph.D., ABPP is an Clinical Assistant Professor of DPBH, and a board certified specialist in Geropsychology at the Providence VA Medical Center. Professional interests focus on (1) integrated behavioral health program development/evaluation (2) evidence-based psychotherapy competency training. Current research includes involvement in (1) a national dissemination and training initiative to promote the availability of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), (2) development/evaluation of a peer mentorship program for VA Home-Based Primary Care Psychologists and (3) involvment in a number of performance enhancement projects for VA HBPC Mental Health programs, nationally.

research statement

Pamela Steadman-Wood, Ph.D., ABPP is a Clinical Assistant Professor of DPBH, and board certified specialist in Geropsychology at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC). She is a clinical supervisor for the Brown University Clinical Psychology Internship, Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology tracks, supervising trainees in the VA Primary Care rotation.  Dr. Steadman-Wood earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island, completed clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship (geropsychology) at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Steadman-Wood is the Lead Psychologist for the VA Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program which provides medical and mental health services to veterans with complex co-morbid conditions not managed effectively by traditional outpatient-level care.  Her primary areas of responsibility lie in the development and implementation of integrated behavioral health integration. Her professional interests focus on 1) program development, evaluation and enhancement; 2) evidence-based psychotherapy competency training; and 3) serving as faculty mentor to pre-doctoral residents and postdoctoral fellows.  Dr. Steadman-Wood’s clinical activities include assessment and treatment of mental health disorders; neuropsychological, functional and capacity evaluations; chronic illness management; dementia care management; palliative care and behavioral medicine. Her current research efforts include involvement in 1) a national dissemination and training initiative to promote the availability of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA); 2) development and evaluation of a peer mentorship program for VHA HBPC Psychologists and (3) involvment in a number of performance enhancement projects for VA HBPC Mental programs, nationally.