Nancy Ruddy: Working with MDs


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Meet the Authors: An Interview with Nancy Ruddy, Ph.D.

Recorded Friday September 5, 2014
Dr. Ruddy discusses concepts from her co-authored book (with Dorothy Borresen and William Gunn Jr.)
The Collaborative Psychotherapist: Creating Reciprocal Relationships with Medical Professionals
Book Description (from the APA Books website):
While it is common knowledge that physical illness affects mental wellbeing and vice versa, there has been a surprising lack of cooperation between psychotherapists and MDs in serving patients’ needs. The Collaborative Psychotherapist provides step-by-step guidance on how psychotherapists can work with their medical colleagues on a routine basis.The authors interview four veteran therapists and one medical doctor who provide valuable insider knowledge of how to collaborate successfully. The volume authors also provide advice on how therapists can extend their skills to collaborate more intensively on complex cases that may involve specialists. Case studies, model letters of introduction, suggestions for follow-up communication, and checklists of medical issues to consider when evaluating patients contribute further to illustrating creative and practical ways to work with medical professionals and improve patient care.
About Dr. Ruddy:
Nancy Breen Ruddy received her doctorate in child clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1991. She served on the faculty of the family medicine and psychiatry departments at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York from 1991 to 2000. During that time she completed postgraduate training in family therapy and family therapy supervision. In 2001, Dr. Ruddy joined the faculty of the Hunterdon Family Practice Residency in Flemington, New Jersey. She is in Independent Practice in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.Learning Objectives:
  • List two things that physicians expect from mental health professionals who see their patients.
  • List two common mistakes that mental health professionals make in working with physicians.

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