The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking a full-time psychologist to provide clinical services, research, teaching/supervision, and program development to children and adolescents in Gastroenterology. This position involves a 50% effort devoted to the provision of clinical services and 50% effort dedicated for research. As such, psychologist trained as scientist-practitioners are encouraged to apply. As a member of the GI team, the psychologist will evaluate and provide outpatient and occasional inpatient clinical services to patients with gastroenterological disorders with an emphasis in pediatric motility and functional GI disorders. This includes, but is not limited to nausea, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain, as well as disorders of the autonomic nervous system such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
Patients are referred by their GI provider or seen in the hospital while inpatient. Evaluations include clinical assessment and communication of recommendations to members of the multidisciplinary team. This multidisciplinary team will also include support from pediatric psychiatry. Experience with non-pharmacological management of GI disorders is preferred. Interventions will include cognitive behavioral therapy, pain and symptom management, adherence intervention and the identification of resources to support the child and family’s adjustment to acute and chronic illness.
The psychologist will collaborate with the other members of the interdisciplinary team, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and dieticians both clinically and in a research capacity to advance the care of children with motility and functional GI disorders. Children’s Hospital of Richmond includes other psychologists and therapists integrated into pediatric subspecialty areas. Psychologists have a close and supportive working relationship with hospital-based physician specialists and community pediatricians.
The faculty shares a common commitment to serving and protecting the well-being of the state’s children as well as providing a quality education to trainees. There are opportunities for teaching and supervision of psychology trainees as well as medical students and pediatric residents. Research and other scholarly activity will be encouraged, and opportunities exist for collaborative research with established researchers.
Additional requirements for the position include: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling from an APA-accredited doctoral program. The position will include a faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on the candidate’s experience, within the Department of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Send letters of application and curriculum vitae to:
John E. Fortunato, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
1200 East Broad St, 15th Floor, North Wing, Room 1501
PO Box 980529
Richmond, VA 23298
Fax: 804 628-0267
Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.