Columbia University Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychologist

Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the Columbia University Medical Center provides both outpatient and inpatient services for children diagnosed with cancer, and blood disorders, as well as a stem cell transplantation program for both malignant and non-malignant disorders. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, art and music therapists, and medical fellows work collaboratively to address the complex problems faced by patients and their families.

The clinical psychologist, with a dual appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, will develop psychosocial and clinical programing, screening, and research within outpatient and inpatient services. The psychologist will collaborate with multidisciplinary medical, palliative care, psychiatry consultation-liaison, psychosocial, and integrative therapy teams. The overall responsibility distribution is 80% clinical and 20% research and teaching.

The psychologist will provide direct clinical care and assessments of patients and families. Responsibilities within this role are diverse, and may include:

·         Consultation and psychoeducation with parents, patients, and providers during medical visits for youth from birth to young adulthood.

·         Assessment and triage of youth with behavioral health concerns.

·         Development and implementation of brief treatment plans, short-term psychotherapy.

·         Neuropsychological assessments at multiple treatment time points (at diagnosis, during treatment, during survivorship).

·         Opportunities for parent training and psychological assessment.

·         Psychosocial screening, psychotherapy, and consultations in the Center for Survivor Wellness clinic.

·         Provide pre-bone marrow transplant evaluations, conduct research screening.

·         Participate in Children’s Oncology Group research.

·         Assists with translation of research findings and standards of care into therapeutic approaches which can be utilized by interdisciplinary teams.

·         Program development and participation in outcome research.

·         Helping to shape clinic practices through participation in committees and provider meetings.

To participate in research projects and activities, and a portion of the weekly schedule may be designated for research pursuits, participation in professional organizations (Children’s Oncology Group, American Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine), and hospital presentations/didactics (Grand Rounds, Palliative Care Monthly meetings).

Please Contact if interested with CV:

Julia Glade Bender, MD – Division Chief – Pediatric Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation