PSYCHOLOGIST (WEIGHT CENTER)

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UMass Memorial Health Care
Published
November 28, 2018
Location
Worcester, Massachusetts
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PSYCHOLOGIST (WEIGHT CENTER)

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Requisition #:  182819
Title:  Bariatric Behavioral Health Specialist/Psychologist – Weight Center
Department:   Weight Center
Posting Date:  April 30, 2018
Status:  Exempt
Shift:  Days
Hours:  20
Location:  UMass Memorial Medical Group – University Campus

UMass Memorial Healthcare is looking for a Bariatric Psychologist to provide adolescent and adult care to patients by assessing them for Bariatric Surgery.
 
This position is responsible for delivering a full range of direct clinical services to Weight Center patients, such as psychological testing (if indicated) and individual case consultation with multi-disciplinary team of providers, . Functions as a bariatric psychological provider and has a direct impact on the care of our patients as they work towards their goals of bariatric surgery and improved health.  We have recently expanded to become a comprehensive care center, providing services to both adolescents and adults. Our ideal candidate will have had clinical experience working with this full age range (13 years and above) of patients.   Collaborates as member of inter-disciplinary team (physician, nursing, psychologist, social worker) for the development and delivery of treatment plans and discharge planning for patients.

Position Qualifications:

Doctoral degree, (Ph.D. Psy. D. or Ed.D.) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited university or professional school. License as clinical psychologist required.  Three years of experience is required.

Requires expertise in the assessment and treatment of the obese patient and the concomitant behavioral and psychological variables associated with obesity and weight loss surgery.

Active membership in professional organizations related to the provision of bariatric behavioral health services is strongly encouraged.
 
Major Responsibilities:
 
Performs psychological evaluations for weight loss surgery (WLS) (e.g. presenting problem, history of presenting problem, psychiatric history, social history, mental status exam, dynamic formulation), including thorough cognitive and behavioral assessment of patients contemplating weight loss surgery to ensure quality care consistent with professional/ethical guidelines.

Assess pre and post surgery substance abuse concerns and refers assessment to appropriate resources.

Screens pre-weight loss surgery patients for psychopathology. Makes pre-surgical psychological treatment recommendation to ensure timeliness of surgery.

Develops and implements treatment plans. Assesses patient’s progress and updates treatment plans by formulating recommendations to minimize post-surgical challenges and improve treatment safety and effectiveness.

Addresses behavioral and psychological factors related to suboptimal post-surgical weight loss.

Attends and participates in WLS team staff conference/meetings, making recommendations and providing relevant information concerning patient care and treatment, and readiness for discharge. Identifies relevant psychosocial factors that may present post surgical challenges/impede progress post surgery.

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As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMHC recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at TalentAcquisition@umassmemorial.org. We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

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