Phillip A. Phelps, LCSW, BCD

  • Director of Behavioral Science Curriculum
  • ABS Credentialed Balint Leader/Supervisor

Mr. Phil Phelps is the Director of the Behavioral Science Curriculum. He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Family Medicine. Mr. Phelps is credentialed by the American Balint Society as a Balint group leader and supervisor. In addition to his teaching experience in family medicine with UPMC and in the post graduate family therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh, he has managed outpatient programs in developmental/behavioral pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He has been practicing psychotherapy with adults, children and families for over 30 years.

Mr. Phelps academic interests focus on improving the primary care management of depression and anxiety disorders as well developing artful communication to maximize the doctor/patient relationship.

He has been married for 35+ years with two adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family, working out and trying to improve his guitar playing.

Selected Publications

2015 - 2016

  • Meeting Resident Scholarly Activity Requirements Through a Longitudinal Quality Improvement Curriculum, Journal of Graduate Medical Education MS. No. JGME-D-14-00360R1; Simasek M, Ballard S, Phelps P, Pingul-Ravano R, Kolb R, Finkelstein A, Weaver-Agostoni J, Takedai T Pub Med # 26217429


2016 - 2017

  • A Customizable Chief Resident Training Curriculum. Co-presenter with Shari Holland MA LPC.  FMEC 2016.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016. (Seminar)
  • Depression Education in Primary Care: Is There An App for That? Katherine Tadolini MD, Phillip Phelps LCSW, Katie Hindes MPH, Benjamin Skinker MD, Stephanie Richards MD. FMEC 2016.  Pittsburgh, PA.  October 29, 2016. (Paper Session)
  • Balint Groups: The Art of Relationship in Family Medicine. Co-presenter with Paul Scott MD, Shari Holland MA LPC.  FMEC 2016. Pittsburgh, PA.  October 30, 2016. (Seminar).
  • Pittsburgh School of Medicine Academy of Master Educators First Annual Med Ed Day. Pittsburgh, PA., Reis, E., Phelps, P., Hofkosh, D. and Dewar, S. (2016). 
  • A bolus of Balint: Block scheduling of Balint groups is effective for pediatric residents.  National Meeting of the American Balint Society.  Chicago, IL., Reis, E. and Phelps, P. (2016) 

2015 - 2016

  • What temperature is your porridge: Confronting the Challenges of Implementing SBIRT in a Residency Program. FMEC Conference, Danvers MA 10-30/11-1, 2015. Presenters:  Quaynor, K and Phelps P. (Seminar)


2016 - 2017

  • Depression Care Through Care Coordination, Shadyside Hospital Foundation. 

2015 - 2016

  • Coordination grant to develop a screening protocol for primary care obstetrical patients to be screened for ACES and implement a referral process.
  • INAPERTWA: Increasing Awareness of Patients’ Emotions Through Regular Wellness Activities: Phelps, P.A., Richards, Skinker S. and Ripepi B.


2016 - 2017

  • The Balint group experience: an introduction and demonstration. Workshop presented at the Behavioral Science Forum in Chicago, IL. Phelps, P., Sternlieb J., Freedy, J. and Goldberg, A. (2016).   

2015 - 2016

  • The Balint group experience: an introduction and demonstration. Workshop presented at the Behavioral Science Forum in Chicago, IL. Presenters: Phelps, P.A., Wassink, M. Sanchez, D. and Freedy, J.

  • A taste of Balint:  Introductory experience with the Balint group model to enhance empathy and professional development among pediatric residents.  Workshop presented at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors in Orlando, FL Presenters:  Reis, E.C., Phelps, P.A., Hofkosh, D., Dewar, S.