Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine / Clinical Health Psychology
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Behavioral Medicine Clinic, Division of Bio-Behavioral Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Behavioral Medicine Clinic is a tertiary behavioral medicine clinic with psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioner, and trainees from psychology, psychiatry, pharmacy, and nursing coordinating mental health/behavioral health care for patient’s receiving medical care from MUSC’s specialty care teams. We primarily serve adults in an outpatient capacity, with some inpatient consultation and pediatric/teen/young adult patients within our integrated services (e.g., transplant, bariatric surgery, pain).
Admission requirements include completion of all professional doctoral degree requirements from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an American Psychological Association (APA) -accredited program and a predoctoral internship meeting Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) standards. This requirement is defined as "having on the first day of the fellowship either the diploma in hand or a letter from the director of graduate studies verifying the completion of all degree requirements pending institution graduation ceremony."
The Fellowship is 1-year with the option of a 2nd year pending agreement between the Fellow and the Fellowship Directors. The decision to stay on for a 2nd year should be made no later than 6 months into the 1st year.
The Fellow will provide outpatient psychotherapy and assessment services to patients with a wide variety of chronic medical conditions, as well as inpatient consultation and evaluation in both our Behavioral Medicine Clinic and at MUSC’s NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center. The Fellow may receive training and supervised clinical experience in consultation, assessment, and testing with the following patient populations:
1) Heart, liver, kidney, lung, and auto islet cell pre- and post- transplant
2) Spinal cord stimulator, opioid pump implant and spinal fusion surgery candidates
3) Chronic idiopathic pain, nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain, CRPS/RSD
4) Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
5) Somatization and Conversion disorders
6) Chronic pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease
7) Cancer (new diagnosis, active treatment, survivorship)
8) Bariatric surgery – pre- and post-surgical evaluation and management
9) Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation patients (e.g., CF, COPD, MI/CAD, CABG)
Didactics and Supervision:
The Fellow will be required to attend all Grand Rounds offered through the Department of Psychiatry at MUSC, and all seminars offered through the Behavioral Medicine Seminar Series. The Fellow will also have 1-2 hours of one-on-one, face-to-face supervision with a licensed Clinical Psychologist each week.
Interested Fellows will have opportunities to collaborate on ongoing research projects as well as develop independent lines of clinical research.
Clinical and Research Competency Evaluations:
Documentation of clinical and research competency is necessary for the successful completion of the fellowship. The fellow presents a diagnostic evaluation, including original data, and a written case formulation prepared on a patient seen during the past 12 months. These materials are reviewed by a faculty committee and discussed with the fellow. The fellow is required to demonstrate an advanced and sophisticated understanding of diagnosis, assessment, and psychotherapy as well as an ability to critically and sensitively use information derived from the empirical literature to guide the development of the treatment plan and selection of clinical interventions.
Research competency is demonstrated at the conclusion of the fellowship year by the submission of an empirical or theoretical article to a refereed journal by the conclusion of the fellowship year.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship year will be consistent with NIH standards plus benefits, including two weeks of professional leave and two weeks of vacation.
Applications are due December 12, 2016. To apply for the Fellowship, please email only a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae to Eva Serber, Ph.D. ude.csum|erebres#ude.csum|erebres.