UT Health Assistant Professor, Child Protection - Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Assistant Professor, Child Protection - Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Assistant Professor

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 180001FP

McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), a leading academic health center, is seeking an experienced Clinical Psychologist as an Assistant Professor to provide clinical services in a unique intensive day treatment program for children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions and psychological comorbidity in the Division of Child Protection Pediatrics.

The program is an outgrowth of the Division and addresses the problems of medical nonadherence and over-medicalization among children with chronic conditions in a holistic manner that includes a heavy emphasis on psychological therapy and social services. Typical patients have a diagnosis that is complicated by ongoing psychosocial stressors that result in recurrent complications, such as diabetics with repeated inpatient stays for ketoacidosis and children with suspected somatoform disorder or conversion disorders. Patients come to the program during weekdays only, and go home each evening. The psychologist performs initial and follow-up cognitive, psychological, and personality assessments as indicated along with evidence-based individual, family, and group therapies.

Position Key Accountabilities:

-Conducts initial assessments to define the client’s presenting problem(s) and develop a relevant treatment plan

-Provide short-term solution focused therapy using a variety of therapy modalities with an emphasis on evidence-based practices including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, parent management training, psychodynamic or mentalization based therapy and/or motivational interviewing.

-Skilled in development of comprehensive treatment plans

-Maintain detailed records of client assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic goals, treatment notes, and up to date clinical notes on a daily basis-5. Performs psychological testing including personality assessments, cognitive assessment, and psychoeducational diagnostic assessments as indicated.

-Conduct outpatient follow up assessments to measure sustainment of achieved mental health goals, and to provide focused therapy as indicated to reinforce treatment goals.

-Participate in patient rounds and programmatic meetings, and interact with other members of the clinical team

-Present cases and supports others in solving treatment issues

-Able to effectively respond to crisis/emergency situations

-Share responsibility for responding to after-hours calls regarding clinical issues

-Collaborate with other PATH psychologist to accomplish program educational and research objectives upon request

-Other duties as assigned


-APA-approved doctoral program and internship in psychology (PhD/PsyD) from an APA approved program

-2 years relevant post-doctoral experience

-Licensed as a Psychologist in the State of Texas

-Psychological testing experience

-Training in clinical psychology required

-Experience with chronic pediatric illness preferred

-Experience working with young children, adolescents, and families preferred

-Bilingual preferred

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code 51.215.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical schiences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center and a growing network of clinics throughout the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon b. Johnson Hospital.

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