Clinical Pain Psychologist - Pain Management Center

UCSF Medical Center   •  

San Francisco, CA

Industry: Healthcare


Less than 5 years

Posted 178 days ago

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Clinical Pain Psychologist - Pain Management Center

At UCSF Health, our mission of innovative patient care, advanced technology and pioneering research is redefining what’s possible for the patients we serve – a promise we share with the professionals who make up our team. 

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in California – and among the top five in the country – UCSF Health is committed to providing the most rewarding work experience while delivering the best care available anywhere. In an environment that allows for continuous learning and opportunities for professional growth, UCSF Health offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.

Department Description

The UCSF Pain Management Center at Mount Zion treats patients with complicated and chronic medical, surgical and neurological pain. The center, one of the few such centers in Northern California, averages about 800 patient visits a month. The center has a team of doctors and therapists with specialties in anesthesia, neurology, medical psychology and physical therapy.

The center in 2007 was one of six designated nationwide by the American Pain Society as a Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management. The program was recognized for outstanding clinical pain care offered to patients and efforts in creating pain management education programs for busy practitioners.

Department Description

UCSF Pain Management Center combines traditional and complementary approaches to pain management. Empowers patients through education about their conditions. Identifies the best methods to relieve pain, promote healing, and restore maximum levels of function. The center provides latest pain management treatments and techniques and averages about 800 patient visits per month.

Our Center provides pain treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including but not limited to: Cancer Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain, Chronic Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pain, Headaches, Head - Neck – Facial Pain, Back/Spine Pain, and Neuropathic Pain.

Chronic pain is a multifaceted medical problem that affects all aspects of a patient’s life. Our Center is staffed by professionals from multiple disciplines, including Anesthesia, Neurology, Psychology, Nursing and Support Staff to address the range of issues brought about by pain. Patient involvement and education are important components of our program.

Job Summary

The Pain Management Center Clinical Psychologistsupports the Pain Management Center in managing the clinical functions of the pain psychological program.  Under the direction of the Pain Service Line Director and Pain Management Center Medical Director, the psychologist is responsible for providing consultant psychological care to patients and day-to-day clinical care for chronic pain patients. These modalities include group, family, couple or individual psychology.

This position is responsible for delivering high quality Clinical Psychology services to UCSF Chronic Pain Service, working directly and indirectly with patients, families and with members of the multidisciplinary team and community services involved in the care of patients, to improve patient’s psychological health, quality of life and reduce disability. This position meets the clinical psychological needs of the Pain Management Center including assessing patients, developing treatment plans and utilizing knowledge of medical conditions, medications and psychological/behavioral factors and patient history. The Psychologist assists in long-term planning for the department and may revise/implement new procedures. 

Participates in education and training for Chronic Pain residents, interns, fellows by leading lecture discussions at least once monthly. Teaches and trains fellows, professionals (may include pre-qualification clinical psychologists) and non-professional groups on subjects related to the mental health/psychological health needs of patients with physical health problems especially relating to chronic pain. Provides post-qualification training and professional clinical supervision to associate psychologists and recently qualified clinical psychologists where appointed to the service, as needed 

Required Qualifications

  • Threeyears ofexperiencein the area of chronic pain management:
    • Knowledge of learning theory, behavioral medicine and chronic pain with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Experience that includes diagnosis, crisis intervention, individual/group psychotherapy and consultation and collaboration with medical personnel
    • Experience in psychometric evaluation of chronic pain patients
  • Current license from the California State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • One yearinternship in Clinical Psychology including a successful completion of an APA-accredited internship; or equivalent experience.
  • Ph.D./ Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated skills with statistical packages and electronic literature searches for clinical and research purposes; proficiency in MS office products
  • Ability to use and chart in an electronic medical record for patient care management
  • Experience in medical office applications in billing and/or scheduling
  • Demonstrates effective use of verbal, non-verbal and written communication
  • The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with biofeedback modalities strongly desired


  • Current license from the California State Board of Examiners of Psychologists