DescriptionThe Department of Neurology at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Dell Children's Medical Center, is recruiting a Pediatric Pain Psychologist to provide clinical services within the growing UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences program. The identified psychologist will join the growing interprofessional Pediatric Headache Center.
The Pediatric Pain Psychologist will serve as an integral provider within the neurosciences in contributing behavioral health interventions to a diverse patient population. They will join an existing collaborative team who cares for children and adolescents with headache disorders to conduct behavioral and mental health assessments, brief interventions, and interdisciplinary consultations in varied outpatient settings within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children's.
The Pediatric Pain Psychologist will routinely collaborate with neurologists, advanced practice providers, psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, nursing staff, trainees including fellows, residents and medical students, and administrative staff to engage in collaborative care, program development and evaluation, and participation in relevant research.
As part of the Pediatric Headache Center, the psychologist will utilize a biopsychosocial approach to evaluate patients with differing headache disorders and develop individualized treatment plans with targeted behavioral interventions that aim at improving overall functioning and quality of life. The pain psychologist should have experience in multiple evidence-based treatment modalities. Behavioral therapy will be one piece of a patient-centered, multi-modal treatment plan which also includes medical management, physical therapy services, sleep education and school optimization.
Dell Medical School, the first new medical school to be built at a tier one research university in nearly fifty years, is committed to redesigning academic medicine and revolutionizing how people get and stay healthy by educating leaders, developing new models of care, and advancing innovation from health products to health care delivery. We strive to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem and are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity and excellence within the learning health system.
The Pediatric Psychologist will join our growing interdisciplinary faculty and hold a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology and Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School. Engagement in provision of training, supervision and didactics for psychology interns and fellows, as well as participation in clinical research and general program development efforts through the medical school, are encouraged. This position requires qualification for an academic appointment in The University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School and includes associated faculty benefits.
Doctoral degree from an APA or CPA accredited program in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology
Completion of an APA or CPA accredited internship in psychology
Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child and adolescent or pediatric psychology
Unrestricted license to practice psychology in the State of Texas or ability to obtain prior to appointment
Eligible for faculty appointment at The University of Texas Dell Medical School
Eligibility and commitment to pursue board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship focused on training in pediatric chronic pain or pain psychology
Previous professional experience focusing on chronic pain or pain psychology with medically fragile children and adolescents
Additional expertise with psychological sequelae related to concussion, sleep disorders, and functional disorders
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Previous demonstrated experience in clinical teaching
Previous demonstrated experience in clinical research
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Commitment to providing exemplary care and treatment that restores hope and helps patients and families live healthier, fuller lives
Ability to interact with interdisciplinary colleagues, administrators, patients and families in a manner that represents the Dell Medical School positively
Efficient organizational skills
Sound judgment in decision-making
Flexibility and adaptability to change
Application InstructionsInterested candidates for the position should submit a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, and any other materials they deem appropriate via Interfolio.
The review of applications will be ongoing, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. The Department will contact applicants of interest for the next stage of the process.
Equal Employment Opportunity StatementThe University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.