January 27, 2015

Connecticut Children's Medical Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Position - Pediatric Obesity

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Position in Pediatric Obesity

Institute of Living/ Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Obesity
Hartford, CT
September 2015 - August 2016
Application Deadline:  February 16, 2015

This full-time fellowship in pediatric psychology provides a particular focus in pediatric obesity at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a tertiary care, free standing children’s hospital.  The primary setting for this position will be within the Pediatric Obesity Center for Treatment, Research and Education at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  Receiving over 900 referrals yearly, the program offers family based surgical and non-surgical treatment options.  Family based group interventions begin at age 3, while surgical interventions begin at age 14. 

Under the supervision of Clinical Director, Dr. Melissa Santos, the postdoctoral fellow will provide clinical services within the obesity program.  This includes conducting intake assessments, family psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, email/phone coaching and psychoeducational groups for families in our weight management programs.  In addition, they will see patients in a bariatric surgery clinic and facilitate a support group for adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery.  They will be exposed to a range of obesity related conditions including Type 2 diabetes and PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome, the latter for which they will run a Cognitive Behavioral Group.   All treatment is multidisciplinary and the postdoctoral fellow will work and collaborate with other departments including endocrinology, clinical nutrition, physical therapy and surgery.  The Obesity Center emphasizes academic activities; therefore opportunities for teaching and research exist and are encouraged.

Supervision, Seminars, Clinical Didactics
·         The fellow receives weekly individual supervision with the pediatric psychologists at Connecticut Children’s 
·         Education opportunities are provided through the consortium with the Institute of Living (IOL).  The fellow is expected to attend:
o   IOL Psychiatry Grand Rounds (weekly)
o   IOL Psychology Dept Meetings (weekly)
o   IOL Psychology Post-Doctoral Seminar (weekly)
o   Division of Pediatric Psychology Journal Club (monthly)
o   IOL Health Psychology Seminar (monthly)

·         In addition, further education opportunities are available at Connecticut Children’s including:
o   Pediatric grand rounds
o   Weekly pediatric endocrinology academic lectures

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an APA-approved program and be interested in pediatrics.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V., recommendation letters, and graduate transcript by email to Melissa Santos, PhD at msantos@connecticutchildrens.org

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