Julia Yates (LCSW) is an experienced psychotherapist and teaching faculty with the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). She completed her graduate training at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and her professional interests include integrated behavioral health in primary care, a Whole Health approach to patient care, mindfulness practices in resiliency development, and experiential learning models in teaching and public speaking. Julia is particularly fond of improvisation training which allows her to combine two of her passions, relationship centered communication and theater.
Julia is the Director of Behavioral Health for the DFMCH’s Family Medicine Residency Program and the current Director of Wellness and Wellbeing for the DFMCH.
Julia has served as a National Education Champion for Whole Health for since 2016 and has had the privilege of bringing Whole Health in Your Practice and Whole Health for Mental Health to VA settings and Healthcare centers across the country. Julia was an original contributor to the Whole Health Mental Health Course and served as course director overseeing its virtual redesign. Julia also provides communication skill building, improv based train-the-trainer workshops and retreats for Whole Health Faculty and staff.
When not working, you’ll find Julia traveling, reading, hiking, at a concert, and occasionally on stage in a community theatre production.