July 14, 2014

Children's Medical Center Dallas - GI Psychologist

The Centers for Pediatric Psychiatry and Gastroenterology (GI) at Children’s Medical Center Dallas are seeking a full-time psychologist to provide clinical services, research, teaching/supervision, and program development to children and adolescents in Gastroenterology.  
As a member of the GI Psychology team in the Department of Gastroenterology, the psychologist will evaluate and provide outpatient and inpatient intervention services to patients with gastroenterological disorders, including but not limited to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Functional Abdominal Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Obesity, and Constipation/Encopresis. Patients are referred by their GI provider or seen in the hospital while inpatient.  Services will be provided primarily at the Children’s Medical Center location in Dallas. Some services may be provided at the Legacy campus in Plano, TX. Evaluations will include clinical interviews and communication of recommendations to members of the multidisciplinary team. Interventions will include cognitive behavioral therapy, gut-directed hypnotherapy, motivational interviewing, behavior management, supportive interventions, and pain management/relaxation training. The psychologist will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and their programs including support groups for patients and their parents, the North Texas Chapter Medical Advisory Committee, and Camp Oasis, an annual week-long camp for youth with IBD.
This position is part of the Psychology reporting structure, which includes other psychologists and therapists integrated into pediatric subspecialty areas. Psychology staff 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. The GI psychology team is comprised of another licensed pediatric health psychologist, rotating post-doctoral fellows in pediatric health psychology, and interns from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at UT Southwestern. Thus, the position involves 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 this position, research and other scholarly activity will be encouraged, and opportunities exist for collaborative research with established researchers.
Experience with non-pharmacological management of GI disorders is preferred.  Evidence for commitment to research with this population is also preferred. 
The position will be considered for a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern.
Additional requirements for the position include:
-          Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program
-          Internship training from an APA-accredited program in clinical child psychology or pediatric health psychology
-          Postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical child psychology or pediatric health psychology
-          A passing score on the EPPP at the level required for licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
-          Full license in Texas or out-of-state license with Provisional Licensure in Texas by date of hire
Interested applicants should email a letter of interest with curriculum vitae to:
Sunita M. Stewart, Ph.D.
Director of Psychological Services
Children’s Medical Center Dallas
About the Gastroenterology Department at Children’s Medical Center:
The close-knit team of specialists at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is in a unique position to offer world-class care to our patients in the Dallas area and often to those from other states. Because we see over 1,000 children per month, we are one of the largest pediatric gastroenterology programs in the country. Our size is a strength, but our focus is on personalized and integrative care to patients before, during and after treatment.
Our diverse specialists diagnose and treat digestive and nutritional conditions in infants, children and adolescents using an integrative approach. For example, the Southwestern Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Children's Medical Center Dallas and at Children’s Legacy campus offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, treatment, education and research of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Additionally, the Center for Pediatric Gastrointestinal Motility crafts the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient through a collaborative, cross-specialty process for the diagnosis and treatment of bowel and aerodigestive disorders in infants, children and adolescents. The GI psychology team is an important part of both of these nationally renowned programs.
For more information about Children’s Medical Center and the Center for Pediatric Psychiatry, please visit: http://www.childrens.com/psychiatry. For more information about the Department of Gastroenterology, please visit: http://www.childrens.com/specialties/gastroenterology.
About Children’s Medical Center:
Children's Medical Center is private, not-for-profit, and is the fifth-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation. As the only academic health care facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, Children's provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis.
In addition, Children's is a major pediatric kidney, liver, intestine, heart and bone marrow transplant center. As the primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the medical staff at Children's conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies and greater understanding of pediatric diseases.
The Children's system is licensed for 595 beds and has more than 50 subspecialty programs spanning two campuses – the main hospital in Dallas and a second full-service hospital in Plano. Combined, the two facilities serve children through more than 677,000 patient encounters annually. Children’s was the first pediatric hospital in Dallas designated as a Level I Trauma Center.
Children's enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the finest pediatric facilities in the United States. Children's is accredited by the Joint Commission, and is a Magnet designated facility, the highest national recognition granted to a hospital or medical center for nursing excellence. In addition, U.S. News & World Report has named Children's as one of the nation's top pediatric providers.
For more information about Children’s Medical Center and the Center for Pediatric Psychiatry, please visit: http://www.childrens.com/specialties/psychiatry-psychology/.

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