Ascension Seton psychologist wins prestigious award


lloyd-berg-photo-fontedLloyd Berg, PhD, receives accolade for outstanding contributions

Lloyd Berg, PhD, ABPP, a board-certified clinical health psychologist at the Ascension Seton Mind Institute, has received the 2016 Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Health Psychology.

The award recognizes outstanding commitment to clinical health psychology by a full-time provider of clinical services.

Ascension Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“Dr. Berg is an integral part of how we take care of our patients. They do better because of Dr. Berg’s interest in getting you out of the hospital, getting you better sooner, and helping you take better care of yourself so you don’t need to come back to the hospital,” said Roger “Lowell” McRoberts, MD, CEO of Ascension Seton Mind Institute. “There are very few people who attend a preeminent psychology program at the University of Texas like Dr. Berg has, who choose to embed themselves in a medical setting and do the kind of work he’s doing. It’s a pretty impressive thing to see.”

Compassionate care for patients

Berg provides a wide range of psychology services at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, ranked five years in a row the No. 1 hospital in the Austin metro area by U.S. News and World Report. His responsibilities include evaluating anxiety and depressive disorders that complicate medical conditions, addressing substance abuse issues and providing suicide risk assessments and crisis intervention services. He also evaluates heart transplant candidates to ensure they have no behavioral issues that would limit their ability to fully comply with complicated medical regimens and follow-up protocols. Berg is dedicated to ensuring that the potential for the precious resource of a donated heart is fully met.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Berg is an assistant professor of psychiatry with the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and teaches evidence-based, person-centered approaches to improve patient engagement and health outcomes.

“I’m so honored to receive this recognition. I look forward to integrating all clinical health psychology has to offer with the innovative, person-centered health initiatives being developed by the new Dell Medical School and the Ascension Seton,” Berg said.

A professional history of service and achievement

Berg served as behavioral science director for the Austin Medical Education Programs’ Family Practice Residency and also cofounded Austin’s first health psychology specialty group, Behavioral Health Consultants, PLLC, which provides clinical services in over 20 area medical facilities. Dr. Berg is president of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology and past chair of the SIMS Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive mental health services to musicians, music industry professionals and their families in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World.’

“Over the past 20 years, Dr. Berg has championed clinical health psychology throughout the Austin, Texas medical community, from primary to tertiary care,” said fellow psychologist Jared Skillings, PhD, who introduced Berg at the American Psychology Association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado on August 6, 2016. “His career is a prototype for younger professionals who hope to influence their community and profession through clinical health psychology practice.”