Monday, October 24, 2022

Dr. Jeffrey Fetter, MD, Chief Medical Officer, New Hampshire State Hospital

Today’s guest is Dr. Jeffrey Fetter, the Chief Medical Officer for the New Hampshire State Hospital. Dr. Fetter is a board-certified physician in both internal medicine and psychiatry, and has spent his career caring for some of the most vulnerable patients in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire State Hospital is a secure, inpatient psychiatric hospital for patients with serious mental illness. In this podcast we talk about Dr. Fetter’s journey through medicine, including how he was sure the one specialty he would not do was psychiatry, to his previous roles as the chief medical officer for a community mental health clinic and chief medical officer for the New Hampshire state prison system. This is a great conversation about the practice of medicine, but also about the importance of physician leadership.

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New Hampshire State Hospital

Riverbend Community Mental Health Clinic

Dartmouth Health Residency Programs 


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Jason Dupuis, Chief Patient Experience Officer, PM Pediatric Care

Today’s guest is Jason Dupuis, the Chief Patient Experience Officer for PM Pediatric Care. In this podcast we talk about his early career at Boston Children’s where he rose to the director of the Emergency Department before he was thirty, and then how he got a job with PM Pediatric Care when it was an emerging pediatrics urgent care chain because he had written his master’s thesis on the need for pediatrics urgent care in Massachusetts. When the founders heard what he had written, they told him to write his own job description. I had a lot of fun with this interview because Jason is also an alumni of my department’s undergraduate program and I’ve known him for several years, though I had never had the chance to hear his whole story. 

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Dr. Bill Hudenko, PhD, Global Head of Mental Health at K Health

Today’s guest is Dr. Bill Hudenko. Dr. Hudenko is a licensed psychologist who has extensive clinical experience working with children who have disruptive-behavior disorders and autism-spectrum disorders. Dr. Hudenko is is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of clinical psychology at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. He is also an entrepreneur and innovator in the area text-based behavioral health care. In this interview, we talk about how he came to the field of psychology, his research into laughter, and how his love of technology, and desire for an iPad, led him to explore text-based psychotherapy, and ultimately set him on the road to being an entrepreneur in the field of behavioral health. 

You’ll hear me say, “wow!” a lot in this interview because Dr. Hudenko’s research and entrepreneurial efforts, especially now with his role at K-Health, seem to promise real improvements in cost, access, and quality for healthcare. 

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K Health

Voi Health

Dartmouth Health Bio

Article: Laughter differs in children with autism: An acoustic analysis of laughs produced by children with and without the disorder

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Colonel Tanya Peacock, Commander, BG Crawford F. Sams Army Health Clinic/MEDDAC-Japan


Today’s guest is my friend and former colleague, Colonel Tanya Peacock. Colonel Peacock has had a fascinating career from being a medevac pilot flying black hawks to being the vice provost of the Army Medical Department’s facility for training the majority of medical specialties in the Army, to being the Commander of the BG Crawford F. Sams Army Health Clinic in Camp Zama Japan.

In this podcast, Colonel Peacock shares her career journey, what it was like to command a military clinic in a foreign country during a pandemic, and we conclude with advice for emerging leaders.

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Army Health Clinic BG Crawford Sams-Camp Zama

U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence

US Army Medical Service Corps

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tyler Jamison, PhD, UNH Human Development and Family Studies

Today’s guest is my colleague Dr. Tyler Jamison, associate professor of Human Development and Family studies here at the University of New Hampshire. Tyler is an expert in the field of young adult romantic relationships. I asked Tyler to join me today because romantic relationships are an important part of health and leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

In this podcast we talk about how Tyler came to study emerging adults and romantic relationships, what emerging adulthood is, and ultimately how leaders should understand that emerging adults have unique needs particular to their life-stage. 

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Tyler Jamison home page

UNH Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Assembly Required - Prof. Jamison's blog on Psychology Today

Article: Relationship form and function: Exploring meaning-making in young adults' romantic histories

Article: Identifying a Typology of Emerging Adult Romantic Relationships: Implications for Relationship Education

Article: Feeling Stuck: Exploring the Development of Felt Constraint in Romantic Relationships

Miami University

University of Missouri - Human Development and Family Science

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Major General David Rubenstein, FACHE, US Army, Retired

In this podcast I had the honor of interviewing Major General (retired) David Rubenstein. Among the many duties of his career, General Rubenstein was the commander of the Army Medical Department Center and School, which was the unit where I was an instructor before I retired from the Army, and he was also the chief of the Medical Service Corps, the Army branch that I served in for 23 years. Although I did not work directly with him on active duty, I can say that General Rubenstein was one of the most respected Medical Department generals I knew of during my career. While I only saw him at a distance while we were on active duty, over the last several years I have had the opportunity to get to know him post-retirement through our mutual interest in health administration education, and we had corresponded regularly about my RWL newsletter, so it was a real pleasure to get to interview him about his remarkable career. 

In the interview, we cover a wide range of career topics from what makes a lieutenant successful, to what makes a colonel successful, and what it is like to lead at all of those stages, as well as to lead as a flag officer. MG Rubenstein also talks about keeping work and family balanced. We spend the last portion of the interview talking about life after the military, and I put MG Rubenstein on the spot by asking him to talk about what it means to lead a worthy life. 

There is a lot in the podcast not only for a military audience, but anyone who strives to high levels of success in their career and personal life. 

(MG Rubenstein promotion one of my students in 2011 - her husband couldn't be there, so he was on FaceTime)

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Podcast Outline (full interview version)

0:02:38 intro

0:04:08 coming to the army - first generation college

0:05:21 physical therapy - the road not taken

0:09:08 the Army of the late 70's

0:14:32 committing to 20 years

0:17:14 summarizing first 10 years

0:20:43 the core lesson learned

0:24:23 how do early careerists distinguish themselves as high potential

0:28:04 where did he learn his early leadership lessons

0:30:42 the Army-Baylor program 

0:39:42 transitioning to healthcare administration

0:42:38 field grade years - alternating between brick-and-mortar and the field

0:47:02 do we move people too often in the military?

0:51:12 mentoring advice to field grade officers

0:54:36 managing his career through field grade onward

0:59:16 "how do I become a GO?"

1:05:47 importance of managing the system for your own advancement

1:08:42 "sceret sauce" - listening, learning

1:13:10 facilitative leadership

1:16:24 how many generals in the Army?

1:19:10 leading as a general - scale and scope

1:26:45 role of Chief of the Medical Service Coprs

1:28:23 what was challenging/surprising about the GO level leadership

1:30:22 career discussions with high-potential field grade officers

1:33:22 advice to his younger self - "Rubenstein's 14 words"

1:37:56 balancing family and a high demand career

1:44:17 preparing to retire

1:46:51 separating from the military after 35 years

1:50:07 post-military career - want to do, need to do

1:52:40 teach, talk, and travel

2:00:02 a life worth living

2:06:00 a life's legacy

Topics Discussed

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Seoka Salstrom, PHD, Founder & Director, Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies


Today’s guest is Dr. Seoka Salstrom, Founder & Director of the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, in Hanover, NH. Seoka has a phd in clinical psychology and specializes in evidence-based behavioral health interventions, with a special interest in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In this podcast we discuss how she grew up in a house without electricity, how she found her way to psychology through a vision quest, her rigorous training in clinical psychology, and how she has founded not one but two successful practices, and finally what her long-term goals are in building a behavioral health practice in rural New Hampshire. 

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Podcast Outline
Time        Topic
0:01:33 growing up in West Virginia - "back to the land"
0:05:53 choosing psychology
0:07:44 vision quest
0:11:39 U of GA for Clinical Psychology
0:13:54 PHD training as a clinical psychologist
0:16:50 interest in trauma research
0:19:12 pre-doctoral internship
0:22:53 post-doctoral fellowship
0:26:28 gaining licensure as a clinical psychologist
0:27:07 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), Chicago
0:29:15 going into private practice
0:34:15 anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
0:39:00 why she likes to treat anxiety and OCD
0:42:12 co-founding the Chicago Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Center
0:45:12 experience of being a founder/entrepreneur
0:48:15 what made the practice successful?
0:49:17 leaving Chicago for Vermont
0:56:54 an evolving vision of the next stage
0:58:58 founding the Hanover Center of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
1:03:38 comparing HCCBT to prior practice
1:09:20 services at HCCBT
1:11:59 growth plans for HCCBT
1:15:25 developing a fund to create more equitable access to mental health care
1:19:33 generic advice for maintaining good mental health
1:24:17 the value of a multi-week backpacking trip

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Anita Tucker, PhD, MSW, LICSW, Department of Social Work, University of New Hampshire


Today’s guest is my colleague Dr. Anita Tucker, professor of Social Work, and associate director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Center here at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a co-author of the recent textbook, Adventure Group Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment. Anita was an early practitioner of adventure group therapy in the Social Work field, and through her research she has been a leader in developing the practice. 

In this podcast we talk about Anita’s journey to the field of Social Work, and specifically adventure group therapy. We conclude with a discussion of the Facilitated Wave Theory that is the basis for her recent book, Adventure Group Therapy, An Experiential Approach to Treatment .

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Podcast Outline
Time        Topic
0:01:31 growing up in the outdoors
0:05:31 undergaduate at Dartmouth - political science (government)
0:09:14 Club Med to Chicago
0:14:44 working as a paralegal, discovering a desire to help marginalized people
0:17:08 starting an Masters in Education
0:18:31 switching to Social Work, going into the wild
0:23:08 Masters in Social Work at U of Michigan
0:26:20 social work approach vs. psychodynamics
0:31:31 what is an LICSW
0:33:59 first exposure to adventure therapy
0:35:47 stepping stones and adventure tools
0:41:51 learning to be an adventure therapist - Project Adventure
0:43:32 starting PhD studies
0:47:10 Adventure therapy in social work- bringing it to the mainstream
0:52:25 why therapy?
0:55:15 hardest thing about becoming a therapist
0:57:48 when did she know she was a therapist
1:00:24 group vs. individual therapy
1:03:59 when is adventure therapy appropriate
1:13:38 role of the therapist in adventure therapy
1:15:25 facilitated wave
1:29:42 current role at UNH

Topics Discussed

M.S.W. Social Work, University of Michigan

Ph.D. Social Work, Boston College