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Full Time Psychologist (PhD/PsyD) - Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center

22 Jan 2020 11:08 AM | Tricia Priebe (Administrator)

The Division of Health Psychology at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is pleased to announce a position opening for a full time psychologist (PhD/PsyD) to support the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center.  This thriving pain management practice of three physicians and six mid-level providers in West Hartford, CT cares for 2000-3000 patients (typically including 40-50 new consults weekly) with multidisciplinary treatments including medications and interventional modalities, as well as behavioral treatments.  The practice also maintains a close relationship with physical therapy providers located in the same building, and interdisciplinary consultation is frequent.  Duties will include providing evidence-based psychological interventions (individual and group) to adults with chronic pain and comorbid psychosocial issues.  The psychologist will be involved in program development, as well as clinical and outcome research as desired by the practice.  Pre-surgical psychological evaluations of patients under consideration for spinal cord stimulator treatment—approximately one to two weekly—will be an additional focus of practice.  Opportunities exist for clinical supervision of psychology and other trainees, including psychiatry residents, and providing some educational experiences to medical students on rotation in the clinic.  (As part of duties towards the latter, this position will also likely include a joint academic appointment with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, with access to library databases and other resources).  The preferred candidate will have experience in pain management and cognitive-behavioral treatments for a number of emotional disorders.  It is also ideal that the candidate have some experience with health psychology/behavioral medicine interventions more broadly (e.g., behavioral treatment of insomnia, medical anxiety, behavioral weight loss, smoking cessation, etc.).  The setting is a specialty and primarily interventional pain clinic, and does not serve a population for whom opioid (or other substance) abuse disorders are common; however, issues of abuse, dependence, aberrant prescription drug use, or challenges in reducing doses of opioid medication are not uncommon clinical concerns.  It is also, therefore, ideal that the candidate have some experience with diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders, especially opioid use disorders.  The medical providers of the Pain Treatment Center place a very high value on mental health treatment and a psychological perspective offered by a collaborating and co-located psychologist.  The position will be administratively housed at the Institute of Living, which offers rich and varied professional opportunities in a diverse community. Spanish language proficiency is valued. Applicants must have completed an APA accredited internship.  To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Jennifer.Ferrand@hhchealth.org.



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