Neuropsychologist - Concussion Clinic Job

Children's Health - Psychiatry Careers

Job Number: 50536

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 1-5-2017

Description:
  • Position Summary

    Clinical neuropsychologist to work as part of a multidisciplinary Concussion Clinic with involvement in program development, research, assessment, and management of children and adolescents with mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. Experience with this population and similar programs is preferred. The Neuropsychologist will provide support to department and organization objectives by providing unique expertise and clinical service that is exclusive to the discipline of Neuropsychology. Further, the Neuropsychologist provides support to the physicians and clinics within CMC by providing clinical care and intervention of CMC patients. Specialized training and expertise in general pediatric neuropsychology as well as traumatic brain injury and concussion, outstanding critical thinking skills, ability to communicate effectively, and ability to collaborate with other disciplines are all essential to the provision of quality neuropsychological services in this position.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide Neuropsychological screening within a concussion clinic and more comprehensive evaluations as needed, incorporating evidence based assessments pertaining to this population. This includes evaluation, scoring of data, writing reports, providing feedback to patients and families, consultation with physicians, and providing recommendations for families and the child’s school if appropriate.
    • Providing consultation for patients, families, and physicians. Review of evaluation results of a child’s neuropsychological evaluation thoroughly and provide additional strategies and suggestions for interventions. Consult with potential patients and their families to determine if neuropsychological services are appropriate.
    • Supervision of postdoctoral students and interns for the purpose of meeting their training requirements and fulfilling ethical standards of supervision of unlicensed trainees.
    • Research Activities and Program Development. Help to develop standardized cognitive protocols for following MTBI/Concussion clinic patients that can be used for clinical and research purposes. Attend regularly scheduled research meetings to report on progress of various projects. Other research activities may include reviews of relevant literature, brainstorming project ideas, data collection, IRB paperwork, writing abstracts, articles, & book chapters, creating posters/presentations for research meetings/conferences, and research supervision of trainees.
    • Education. This involves presenting and/or attending various classes, workshops, and presentations in order to keep licensure current and to maintain the requisite amount of continuing education credits. Stay current in the field and keep up with new developments in order to be a better clinician and provide the best possible service to children and their families.

    Qualifications

    Education

    • Doctorate degree in Psychology is required.

    Licenses & certifications

    • License to practice Psychology in the State of Texas is required.

    Experience

    • Minimum of two years of post-doctoral experience is required; three or more years of experience is preferred.
    • Two year post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology is required.

    Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities

    • Understanding of an array of developmental and psychological concepts, including, but not limited to, normal and abnormal social, emotional, academic, behavioral, and cognitive development, brain-behavior relationships, school system issues, effect of medical condition on the neurocognitive and psychological function of children, psychopathology, family functioning, cultural and diversity issues.
    • Ability to establish rapport with patients and family members and good working relationships within the department and hospital.
    • Ability to adequately identify the presenting problem, including the development of testable hypotheses and differential diagnosis.
    • Gathering of neurocognitive and psychological data through the identification of appropriate psychometric, observational, and interview techniques and accurate administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests.
    • Development of appropriate remediation and intervention strategies based on the testing results.
    • Ability to effectively communicate these results to the child, parents, and educators in both oral and written forms
    • Recognition and application of appropriate legal, professional, and ethical standards to specific cases.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate the development of a working relationship with the patient and child which allows for effective assessment and generation of recommendations.
    • Ability to work within time constraints and present information within an efficient manner to other members of the medical team.

    Physical demands

    • Duties require little or no exertion of physical effort.

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