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Family Medicine

Quillen College of Medicine

Dr. Jodi Polaha

Jodi Polaha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor



I am a native of Pennsylvania and received my B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and my Ph.D. in child clinical  psychology from Auburn University. My professional passion was lit at the start of my career in 1998 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where I helped develop a program of integrated behavioral health and pediatric practices. In 2006 I joined the faculty in Psychology at ETSU to develop curricular elements around a doctoral program in clinical psychology with a special focus on primary care.

Over the course of my career, I have seen patients in over a dozen primary care practices (pediatrics and family medicine), directed/managed start-up integration in over two dozen, and have supervised nearly 100 students from a variety of disciplines these clinics. I have played a role in the development of state policy around integrated practice and have an active program of research focused on integrated care as well as funded workforce development programs for developing integrated care in the region which have been federally funded. With these interests, I am very involved in ETSUs Interprofessional Education and Research Program, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a progressive professional organization committed to promoting comprehensive and cost-effective models of healthcare that integrates mind and body, individual and family, patients, providers, and communities.

The decision to relocate to ETSU was in part based on my husband and I being avid outdoors-people and weekends often find us and our two young sons exploring the mountains, lakes, rivers, and valleys of this beautiful region.

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