Autumn Keefer, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Psychology at the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. Dr. Keefer received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology from Indiana State University in 2003. She completed her doctoral internship at the Harry S. Truman VAMC in Columbia, Missouri. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Memphis VAMC, with a focus in clinical medical psychology. Joining the Boise VA in 2015, she also serves as the VISN-20 V-IMPACT PCMHI Program Manager. In this position, she is provides clinical services and is responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of a virtual PCMHI program within a virtual PACT team at medical centers and CBOC’s throughout VISN 20.
Prior to her work at the Boise VA, she was employed as a health psychologist in a regional medical center where she worked with patients and staff from various departments (oncology, neurology, cardiac rehab, hospice, behavioral health) and served as the health behavior coordinator at VA in Columbia, Missouri. In addition to interprofessional education, her research and clinical interests include shared medical appointments, primary care-mental health integration, prevention and health behavior change, and psychological adjustment to acute and chronic medical illness. Having recently moved to Idaho, Dr. Keefer enjoys exploring the West in her camper with her husband and two children.