Christopher L. Hunter graduated from the University of Memphis with his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in behavioral medicine. He is board certified in clinical health psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and works for the Defense Health Agency as the Program Director of Behavioral Health in Primary Care. As the DoD lead for the last 13 years, he has worked to develop policy, secure funding, and oversee the rollout of primary care behavioral health services for Military Health System patients.
He has extensive experience developing integrated primary care behavioral health services as well as training individuals to work in primary care settings treating common mental health conditions (e.g., depression), health behavior problems (e.g. tobacco use, obesity) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, chronic pain). He is a previous Chair for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s integrated primary care special interest group and is a previous board member of the Collaborative Family Health Care Association. He is also the lead author on the 2017 book, Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Step-by-Step Guidance for Assessment and Intervention, 2nd Edition, coauthor on the 2016 book, Integrating Behavioral Health Into the Medical Home: A Rapid Implementation Guide and a co-editor on the 2014 Handbook of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings: Evidence-based Assessment and Intervention.