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Psycho-oncology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Siteman Cancer Center

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis offers a one year postdoctoral fellowship for an individual with doctoral level training in behavioral medicine or health psychology. The fellowship will begin in August 2017, with start date negotiable.

Although not an APPIC member program, this fellowship is listed in APPIC’s Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory (http://www.appic.org/About-APPIC/Universal-Psychology-Postdoctoral-Directory/detail?id=2016) and will be abiding by APPIC postdoctoral selection guidelines, including the uniform notification date of February 27, 2017 at 10AM EST (http://www.appic.org/About-APPIC/Postdoctoral/APPIC-Postdoctoral-Selection-Guidelines).

REQUIREMENTS: (1) A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology from an APA accredited program; and (2) interest and experience in working with a medical population.

JOB SETTING: The Siteman Cancer Center is a leader in patient care, community outreach and cancer research, prevention, and education and is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. It offers the extensive expertise of more than 350 Washington University research scientists and physicians, many of whom annually provide comprehensive care for 8,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Siteman Counseling Service at Siteman Cancer Center provides clinical services including outpatient assessment and treatment, inpatient consultation, and a variety of support services for individuals with cancer and/or their family members. The postdoctoral fellow functions as a full member of the service, assuming the same range of responsibilities as licensed psychologists, at the appropriate level of autonomy given the fellow’s abilities and experience. The goals of the fellowship program are to provide advanced training in the provision of services in a medical setting to patients and their family members, and to prepare for a position in the field of psycho-oncology or medical psychology. Weekly peer and individual supervision is prioritized in the training experience, and the fellowship meets the requirements for licensure regarding postdoctoral supervised experience in the state of Missouri. In addition, the fellow will have access to a wide variety of didactic training experiences available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine.

RESPONSIBILITIES: (1) Provision of clinical services (brief assessment, psychoeducation, and individual or group psychotherapy) for patients and families receiving care at the Siteman Cancer Center. Common treatment issues include management of physical symptoms or treatment side effects (e.g. pain, nausea, fatigue), adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, caregiving concerns, and end of life issues; (2) documentation of clinical contact with patients; (3) consultation to providers of medical and psychosocial services for patients, including oncologists, psychiatrists, social workers, spiritual care providers, nursing staff, and nutritionists; and (4) participation in educational and outreach programs within or sponsored by the Siteman Cancer Center. Although not a requirement of the position, fellows may also participate in research activities leading to conference presentations and publications.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The postdoctoral fellow will be offered a competitive salary ($47,000). Additional benefits include: Professional Development funds ($500); Health, Dental, and Vision Benefits; Term Life Insurance; 401k with institutional match; 23 days of PTO (including scheduled vacation, unscheduled sick days, and holidays) and 3 additional days of PTO for conference attendance.

APPLICATIONS: Applications must be received by January 2, 2017. To apply for this position, please e-mail your CV with a cover letter describing your specific interests and three letters of reference to Dr. Yasmin Asvat, Coordinator of Clinical Training, at: Yasmin.Asvat@bjc.org