Position Announcements: Trauma Psychologist and Postdoctoral Fellow

We are pleased to announce two open positions at Cooper University Health Care. We are seeking candidates both for the newly created position of trauma psychologist, as well as candidates to replace our outgoing post-doctoral fellow. Brief descriptions are provided below. The full job description for the trauma psychologist position is available here. The full job description for the postdoctoral fellow position is available here. Questions or those interested can contact me directly at fizur-philip@cooperhealth.edu.

Trauma Psychologist – The Psychologist chosen for this position will provide psychological consultation and psychotherapeutic intervention for patients and families within the Division of Trauma Surgery. The primary focus will be on assessment of trauma symptoms for our patients. The successful candidate will create a program to assess patients and provide evidence-based brief interventions (CBT, ACT and mindfulness-skills) with patients and family members who present with a variety of psychological symptoms following traumatic events. The psychologist will Work in collaboration with, and provide consultation to, a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists, surgeons, nurses, and other providers. Time will be dedicated to participating in daily operations of the trauma department. This will involve collaboratively working to maximize disposition efficiency for patients with psychological diagnosis. The candidate will help to ensure intradepartmental mental health care is practiced in accordance with best medical practice for psychiatric challenges. The psychologist in this position will also be asked to design and pilot research protocols and programs in order to contribute to the trauma psychology services literature. This position will also involve collaboration withe with the Psychiatry CL service and Social Work (Transitional Navigators) teams to ensure patient needs are met. The trauma psychologist will ensure mental health procedures meet JCAHO/CMS credentialing requirements and best care practices are followed, which includes providing any needed ongoing education and training for emergency department personnel.

Post-doctoral Fellow – The post-doctoral fellow will provide psychological consultation and psychotherapeutic intervention for patients and families in both medical inpatient and outpatient contexts. The successful candidate will provide evidence-based brief interventions (CBT, ACT and mindfulness-skills) with demographically diverse patients and family members presenting with an array of psychological concerns from adjustment issues, to depression and anxiety, as well as serious mental illness and PTSD. The fellow will work in collaboration with, and provide consultation to, a multidisciplinary medical team.  It is also expected that the fellow will participate in daily operations of various clinics and mental health team; collaboratively work to maximize disposition efficiency for patients with psychological diagnosis; ensure intradepartmental mental health care is practiced in accordance with best medical practice for mental health challenges and emergencies; collaboratively work to institute appropriate changes to improve patient/employee/third party satisfaction; review and revise billing procedures to potentially improve revenue cycles; design and pilot research protocols and programs in order to contribute to the emergency services literature. The successful candidate will also assist in ensuring that mental health emergency procedures meet JCAHO/CMS credentialing requirements and that best care practices are followed, which includes providing any needed ongoing education for emergency department personnel.

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