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Academic Pediatric Pain Psychologist

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 16, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine
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Employment Type
Full Time

Academic Pediatric Pain Psychologist

College/School/Unit: Dell Medical School
Department: Neurology
Posted: Oct 5, 2022
Apply By: Open until filled


The Department of Neurology at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Dell Children's Medical Center, is recruiting a Pediatric Pain Psychologist to provide clinical services within the growing UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences program. The identified psychologist will join the growing interprofessional Pediatric Headache Center.


The Pediatric Pain Psychologist will serve as an integral provider within the neurosciences in contributing behavioral health interventions to a broad patient population. They will join an existing collaborative team who cares for children and adolescents with headache disorders to conduct behavioral and mental health assessments, brief interventions, and interdisciplinary consultations in varied outpatient settings within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children's.

Essential Functions

The Pediatric Pain Psychologist will routinely collaborate with neurologists, advanced practice providers, psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, nursing staff, trainees including fellows, residents and medical students, and administrative staff to engage in collaborative care, program development and evaluation, and participation in relevant research.

As part of the Pediatric Headache Center, the psychologist will utilize a biopsychosocial approach to evaluate patients with differing headache disorders and develop individualized treatment plans with targeted behavioral interventions that aim at improving overall functioning and quality of life. The pain psychologist should have experience in multiple evidence-based treatment modalities. Behavioral therapy will be one piece of a patient-centered, multi-modal treatment plan which also includes medical management, physical therapy services, sleep education and school optimization.

Dell Medical School, the first new medical school to be built at a tier one research university in nearly fifty years, is committed to redesigning academic medicine and revolutionizing how people get and stay healthy by educating leaders, developing new models of care, and advancing innovation from health products to health care delivery.

The Pediatric Psychologist will join our growing interdisciplinary faculty and hold a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology and Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School. Engagement in provision of training, supervision and didactics for psychology interns and fellows, as well as participation in clinical research and general program development efforts through the medical school, are encouraged. This position requires qualification for an academic appointment in The University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School and includes associated faculty benefits.


Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree from an APA or CPA accredited program in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology
  • Completion of an APA or CPA accredited internship in psychology
  • Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child and adolescent or pediatric psychology
  • Unrestricted license to practice psychology in the State of Texas or ability to obtain prior to appointment
  • Eligible for faculty appointment at The University of Texas Dell Medical School
  • Eligibility and commitment to pursue board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship focused on training in pediatric chronic pain or pain psychology
  • Previous professional experience focusing on chronic pain or pain psychology with medically fragile children and adolescents
  • Additional expertise with psychological sequelae related to concussion, sleep disorders, and functional disorders
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Previous demonstrated experience in clinical teaching
  • Previous demonstrated experience in clinical research

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Commitment to providing exemplary care and treatment that restores hope and helps patients and families live healthier, fuller lives
  • Ability to interact with interdisciplinary colleagues, administrators, patients and families in a manner that represents the Dell Medical School positively
  • Efficient organizational skills
  • Sound judgment in decision-making
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change

Application Instructions

Interested candidates for the position should submit a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vitae, and any other materials they deem appropriate via Interfolio.

The review of applications will be ongoing, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. The Department will contact applicants of interest for the next stage of the process.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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