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Departments and Services: Surgical Psychology

UF Health Surgical Psychology – Jacksonville’s new outpatient clinic is a key component of UF Health Surgery – Jacksonville's superior team of surgeons and support staff.

The UF Health TraumaOne program which began in 1983 was not only the first trauma service in the state of Florida but remains the only adult and pediatric Level I trauma centers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The busy, state designated adult Level 1 trauma center serves over 4,000 injured patients each year from Duval and the surrounding counties. In 1995, the Surgery Department added a psychological consultation service to assist their trauma program with the mental and emotional support needs of trauma patients and advance their recovery while still in the hospital. The program has grown over the years to include a second faculty member along with the psychology resident. Twenty-five years later, this complementary services model has proven that by joining expertise and resources, a vibrant behavioral medicine program was possible to remain sustainable over time. As times change, the necessity to modify and expand the present management and operation of an integrative psychology consultation service seems indispensable. The following is a comprehensive overview in order to ensure continued success of the Surgery Department’s behavioral medicine services going forward.

In 2019, the department of surgery at UF Health Jacksonville expanded the psychological services program to include UF Health Surgical Psychology – Jacksonville’s new outpatient clinic. Our service is specifically dedicated to treating the mental and emotional impacts of traumatic injury or other major physical maladies requiring surgical intervention, and aligns with the historic in-patient psychological services program in the department of surgery. This service employs two licensed psychologists, both of which are faculty with the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, as well as an additional psychology post-doctoral fellow. The program itself stands as a model nationwide for collaborative care in trauma/critical care and highlights the integral role of mental health within surgery.

Dr. Kamela K. Scott, Director of the UF Health Surgical Psychology - Jacksonville service, is a Professor of Surgery who developed the first formal, in-patient psychological services program for trauma in the nation, right here at UF Health Jacksonville in 1995.

Dr. Brian G. Celso recently transferred to Surgery from the Department of Psychiatry, where he worked to improve the mental health and wellbeing for a variety of patients within our community for the past 12 years. Dr. Celso has been affiliated with the Trauma program at UF Health for over 20 years through various research initiatives and quality improvement studies. He will direct the outpatient clinic endeavor, bringing a wealth of clinical and research experience to UF Health Surgery – Jacksonville both on an in-patient and out-patient basis.


A post-doctoral fellowship in trauma & medical psychology was started in 1998 and provided training and supervision in medical psychology. One fellow is accepted each year. The fellowship starts in September and provides 2000 hours of post-doctoral training. This program follows the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines for post-doctoral fellowships nationwide. In addition, our program has a 100% job placement rate post-fellowship completion and a 100% pass rate for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) National Psychology licensure exam.


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