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Katherine T. Fortenberry, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical), Psychology - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Divisions: Family Medicine

Academic Office Information

Board Certification

  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Katherine (Katie) Fortenberry, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's in Psychology, then received her Master's and Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus in Clinical Health from the University of Utah. She completed her internship training in Clinical Health Psychology at the Memphis VA Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care Psychology in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is currently an Associate Professor (Clinical) in the University of Utah Division of Family Medicine, where she serves as the Behavioral Science Education Director and sees patients for consultations and brief, solution-focused therapy at Sugarhouse Health Center. Her overall goal is to promote effective treatment of mental and behavioral health concerns in primary care settings by: 1) educating family physicians and other healthcare professionals to effectively utilize behavior change principles and maintain their own self-care; 2) training psychology and medical trainees to effectively work in an interdisciplinary environment; 3) increasing access to high quality care through improving behavioral health services and reducing barriers to care.

Research Statement

Over my career, Dr. Fortenberry has sought to better understand the social and cognitive factors impacting individual and family adjustment to chronic illness, particularly diabetes. She has maintained collaborative involvement with an interdisciplinary research group through the Department of Psychology and the Diabetes Center at the University of Utah. She is currently focusing on translating research to improving care for individuals with comorbid diabetes and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders, in the primary setting.

Additionally, she guides Family Medicine residents in developing and disseminating clinic quality improvement (CQI) projects. The CQI projects improve quality of care by our Family Medicine residents, enhance resident research and leadership skills, and provide residents with the knowledge base and experience to develop CQI cycles in their future practice.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine
Primary Care Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Internship Memphis VA Medical Center
Clinical Health Psychology
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Clinical Psychology
Graduate Training University of Utah
Clinical Psychology
Undergraduate The University of Alabama
Psychology, French