Children’s HealthTM Children’s Medical Center (Dallas, TX) is seeking a full time pediatric health psychologist to provide clinical services, research, and program development for the hospital’s weight management program, The Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH; 50%), as well as the Bariatric Surgical Center for Adolescents and Teenagers (50%). As a member of the COACH team, the psychologist will evaluate and provide intervention services to patients who are overweight or obese and their families. Evaluations will include clinical interviews, communication of recommendations to members of the multidisciplinary team, and consultation with other providers. Interventions will include cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior management, sleep hygiene, and general promotion of health skills and adherence to medical recommendations. The psychologist in this position will also complete pre-surgical evaluations for adolescents being considered for bariatric surgery, assessing for surgical knowledge and motivation, behavioral aspects of weight management history, overall psychosocial functioning, and identification of potential risk and protective factors for desired post-surgical outcomes. Intervention work in bariatric surgery may include addressing risk factors and promoting adherence to lifestyle changes after surgery.
This position is part of the Pediatric Health Psychology reporting structure within the department of Psychiatry, which includes other psychologists and therapists integrated into pediatric subspecialty areas. Psychology staff members have close and supportive working relationships with hospital-based physician specialists and community pediatricians. The division has a well-developed training program with an APA-accredited post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology. Positions involve frequent opportunities for teaching and supervision of psychology trainees as well as medical students and pediatric residents. Although clinical and educational activities will be the primary focus of the position, research and other scholarly activity will be encouraged, and opportunities exist for collaborative research with established researchers.
- Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program
- Postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical child or pediatric health psychology
- Internship training from an APA-accredited program in clinical child or pediatric health psychology
Licenses & certifications
- A passing score on the EPPP at the level required for licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
- Licensure as a Psychologist or as a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist in Texas by date of hire
- Previous experience with children and adolescents who are overweight or obese
- Previous clinical experience with Consult-Liaison work and various pediatric chronic illness populations is preferred
Interested applicants should email a letter of interest with curriculum vitae to:
Sunita M. Stewart, Ph.D., ABPP
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
and comfortable environment for our patients and their families. It's also fun for us. When I worked in general pediatrics, I enjoyed playing with my patients in the game rooms or participating in special events. I love the lively atmosphere we create.