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The Texas Child Study Center, a collaboration of Dell Children’s Medical Center and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is offering an additional Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position for the 2019-2020 training year. Clinical training activities will take place within hospital, specialty care, and primary care clinics provided by the Psychology Service at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

The fellow may choose between the following two training tracks: 

1)      Chronic Disease/Behavioral Medicine Track
2)      Primary Care Integrated Behavioral Health Track

Chronic Disease/Behavioral Medicine Track This Program serves the psychological needs of youth (ages 2-18) with chronic diseases referred from multiple hospital specialty clinics, including Adolescent Medicine, Developmental Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Cystic Fibrosis, Nephrology, Pulmonology, and others. The patients referred for these psychological services often present with high levels of risk and complex care needs. Common referral concerns include medical non-adherence, self-injury, suicidality, disruptive behavior, reactions to trauma, depression and anxiety. Thus, the fellow will learn to implement specific applications of empirically supported treatments such as PCIT (with certification possible via PCIT Intl.), TF-CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention, and training for full adherence Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In addition to training to provide these interventions, fellows are also expected to engage in collaborative clinical practice and interdisciplinary training with medical residents on rotation in clinic.

Primary Care Integrated Behavioral Health Track This track takes place within a new hospital-community partnership that extends behavioral health services to primary care settings in the Greater Austin Community. Integrated behavioral health services will be provided across four primary care clinics. Clinical services will consist of well child consultations, diagnostic assessments, psycho-education, parent consultation, brief intervention and problem prevention, as well as direct consultation with pediatricians and the medical team. The fellow will have opportunities to learn about adapting evidenced-based mental health assessment and treatment models to meet the needs of a pediatric community clinic setting. In addition to mental health service delivery, the fellow will also gain experience tailoring services toward child clinical populations with potential or emerging issues who are in need of prevention, early identification, or early intervention. The fellow will be expected to contribute to the training of masters level clinicians learning evidence-based modular interventions for the primary care setting. The fellow will also participate in co-facilitation of physician psycho-educational seminars and dissemination of behavioral health resources. Opportunities for tiered supervision will also be incorporated, as the fellow will provide some level of direct clinical supervision and training for advanced doctoral practicum students.

The fellow will dedicate 60% of her/his clinical time to the major rotation track and 30% to a chosen minor, such outpatient therapy, consultation/liaison services, or one of the embedded specialty care clinics. Major rotations will be 12-month placements, while minor rotations can be either 6- or 12-month placements. In addition to these clinical placements, postdocs will participate in Training and Professional Development Activities 10% of the time. Specifically, these will include didactic seminars, formal training in evidence-based care such as PCIT, DBT, and TF-CBT. Many of these training experiences are being provided within the Chronic Disease/Developmental Medicine Program already, so the fellow may end up spending closer to 70% of their total time within this program. Further, postdocs will be expected to dedicate a portion of their Training and Professional Development time to EPPP study and test preparation.

This is a 12-month appointment at a salary of $47,472.00. In addition, healthcare benefits will be paid by our organization. The Postdoctoral Fellowship year will begin on the first of September and end twelve months later with the option to apply for a second year of post-doctoral training. Fellows receive the standard vacation and sick time afforded to professional staff at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. If you have questions about the position, the financial offer, benefits package etc., please feel free to contact the Director of Psychology Training, Dr. David F. Curtis (dfcurtis@austin.utexas.edu).

Applicants from underrepresented groups and/or with Spanish language ability are encouraged to apply. Employment is through the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

A fully completed application includes:
1. A letter of interest
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Three letters of reference.  Please send the fully completed application set to Dr. David F. Curtis, c/o Ms. Stacia De Leon at stacia.deleon@austin.utexas.edu. Application materials will be accepted through May 31, 2019; however, interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis beginning in early April 2019.

The Texas Child Study Center strongly values diversity and believes in creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive environment for all staff, trainees, and families. TCSC welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and believes that a diverse training environment contributes to the overall quality of the program. Applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish are encouraged to apply. TCSC provides equal opportunity to all prospective applicants and does not discriminate because of a person’s race, color, sexual orientation, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other factor that is irrelevant to success as a psychology intern. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is the employer for this position and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Texas Child Study Center
The Texas Child Study Center was created in response to the need for pediatric mental health services and training for future mental health practitioners in the Austin area. The Center is a collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and all psychologists are employees of the medical school. As of February 2019, The Center relocated to reside directly on the Dell Children’s Medical Center campus within a state of the art, newly designed clinical space. The Center provides evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities, ranging from adjustment difficulties to more chronic conditions including major mental health diagnoses, mood, and developmental disorders. Providers collaborate with physicians at Dell Children’s Medical Center to provide psychological support to children coping with acute and chronic medical conditions. Patients seen at the Center come from all socioeconomic strata and ethnic and racial backgrounds.

About Dell Children’s Medical Center
Dell Children’s Medical Center (DCMC) is located in Austin, Texas and it is the only freestanding pediatric facility in the region. DCMC is a member of Seton Family of Hospitals, has 176 beds, and serves a 46-county area. The hospital earned the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Healthcare (LEED-HC) platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. DCMC values the healing power of the environment and includes a large collection of art, a three-acre multi-level Healing Garden, and several courtyards and gardens that represent eco-systems in the Central Texas Region. The mission of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is to improve the quality of life and health of children through family centered and family-oriented care, regardless of the family’s ability to pay for care. Central to this mission is developing partnerships with other organizations that share the mission and vision and providing educational activities that are synergistic with provision of care and meeting community needs.