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SPOTLIGHT ON IPA MEMBER - Dr. Amy Walters

May 19, 2021 9:44 AM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)
 

 

AMY S. WALTERS, PHD

IPA FELLOW


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

BUSINESS NAME:  St. Luke’s Health System

REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE:  Southwest Region (Treasure Valley area)

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP:  Boise, Idaho

UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED:  University of Idaho – BS; Utah State University – MS and PhD

CURRENT WORK: Director of Behavioral Health for Humphreys Diabetes Center) and Integrated Care Solutions of Idaho, PLLC private consulting

YEARS IN PRACTICE: 20+ 

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adults and children with diabetes and other chronic health conditions 

PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS:  Chronic disease, integrated behavioral health, lifestyle medicine

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST: I’m very extraverted by nature and enjoy working with people of different backgrounds and life experiences. I really appreciate the diversity of opportunity this career has afforded me. Over the last twenty years I have worked in a number of settings including private practice, public schools, traditional mental health, health care, consulting, and teaching for our state universities.  

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION: I was trained in the scientist-practitioner model and use a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavior Modification.   

SERVICE IN PROFESSION: I have been a member of IPA since 1996 and served in a number of different roles in including CE committee, Secretary, Treasurer, State Advocacy, Public Sector Rep and most recently Public Education Coordinator for Idaho with APA. Through my role as PEC, I conduct presentations each year for various non-profit groups on a host of different topics.   In addition, I have volunteered for the last 23 years as the staff psychologist and director of psycho-social programs for the Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs (Camp Hodia).  

WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER:  Mid to advanced career – depending on the retirement plan of the day 

FUN FACTS

HOBBIES: Outdoor recreation – hiking, back packing, rafting, paddle boarding; gardening; spending time with my family, friends and dogs   

HIDDEN TALENT:  Art – I served as the art mom for several years with my kids’ elementary school. I also performed in a jazz choir throughout high school.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE:  Being a longstanding member of IPA has been a fantastic experience, both personally and professionally.  IPA is a relatively small state association, which provides excellent opportunities for leadership and advocacy. I truly value long-term relationships I have built with my colleagues and the experiences membership has afforded me throughout my career.

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