Geisinger invites applicants for our full-time, one-year postdoctoral fellowship in adult clinical health psychology, with a specialization in Behavioral Pain Management. Two positions on this track are available for academic year 2018-19, with a start date of Monday, August 6.
The focus of our postdoctoral fellowship is to develop the professional and leadership skills psychologists need in their many roles within an academic medical setting. Upon completion of this program, fellows are ready to hit the ground running in their first professional positions. Each fellow takes ownership of a clinical specialty area (see tracks below), which involves a combination of direct clinical care, representing Behavioral Medicine on a multispecialty team and at interdisciplinary meetings, and leading efforts in clinical research or program development. Fellows may also have the opportunity to participate in other clinical programs and projects, which will be assigned based on a combination of interest, training goals, and clinical need. Those who are seeking some breadth of clinical training while establishing a specialty can provide consultation and brief, evidence-based therapy to general mental health and behavioral medicine referrals in our outpatient clinic. Fellows will have the opportunity to supervise pre-doctoral interns, teach medical students, residents, and staff, and present their work at internal, regional, or national conferences. Geisinger is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of our talented and well-trained residents, and with the continued expansion of our clinical and training programs system-wide, we have been successful at creating new positions for those who wish to stay.
Behavioral Pain Management Track:
Psychologists at Geisinger are increasingly involved in the development of new institutional programs, policies, and guidelines, the redesign of existing systems, and the evaluation of current programs within Pain. One of the most exciting and unique aspects of this track is that fellows will be exposed to these aspects of professional practice and develop a skillset in system re-design and program evaluation for pain management at all levels in our system. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in grant-funded clinical research/program development; work on an existing project; or identify an area of need and establish measures to evaluate needs/outcomes, design a program to address the needs, and evaluate the impact of the program. Fellows have the opportunity to engage in clinical work at all levels of pain management within our system, from primary care based interventions to specialty consultation in pain medicine, perioperative pain management, multidisciplinary clinics, and neurosurgery. Clinical pain management services include conducting initial assessments and evaluations, collaborating with patients to improve treatment readiness, compliance, and treatment planning/goals, providing evidence-based behavioral medicine treatment in individual and group formats, as well as leading psychoeducational lectures within various multidisciplinary clinics. Fellows also conduct evaluations on pre-surgical candidates within our unique Destination Spine program and pain medicine for spinal cord stimulators. Fellows will also be very involved in the provision of programs aimed at supporting and educating primary care and specialty medicine providers and staff, as well as helping to develop further programming to promote chronic pain self-management throughout the system.
Seminars and Supervision:
As this is a pivotal training year, all fellows participate in professional development seminars, a weekly inter-professional case conference, and at least 2 hours of individual supervision per week. Fellows will also have the opportunity to teach and supervise 3rd year psychiatry residents in CBT and ACT and practice supervision skills with pre-doctoral psychology interns.
Geisinger is a large, physician-led hospital/Level-1 trauma center, which has been nationally recognized for innovative clinical programs and quality care. Geisinger Medical Center is located Danville, Pennsylvania, which is approximately a 3-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore and within 20-25 minutes of the charming college towns of Bloomsburg, Lewisburg, and Selinsgrove. Geisinger as a health system spans much of central Pennsylvania and given the system-wide expansion of our clinical programs, fellows will have the opportunity to serve other regions and diverse populations outside the main campus.
How to Apply:
PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology and completion of an APA-accredited internship with relevant experience required. Salary and benefits are very competitive. Our program will adhere to APPIC’s Uniform Notification Date (UND), which is February 26, 2018. Any unfilled positions thereafter will be listed on the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory (UPPD). To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference emailed directly from the letter writers to: Laura K. Campbell, PhD, ABPP, Adult Psychology Training Director. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geisinger is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. http://www.geisinger.edu