Job Description

Interested in joining a dynamic multidisciplinary team of providers? Learn more about providing integrated behavioral health to weight loss surgery patients? At UMass Memorial Medical Weight Center, a highly respected bariatric surgery center, we have an immediate opening for a behavioral health provider.

Providers with an interest in the assessment and behavioral support of weight loss surgery patients are encouraged to apply.

Requisition #: 154485
Title: Bariatric BHS/ Psychologist
Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus

UMass Memorial Medical Center is the region’s trusted academic medical center, part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. We are committed to improving the health of people in Central Massachusetts through excellence in care, comprehensive health services, teaching and research.

Summary: UMass Memorial Medical Center Weight Center is currently recruiting a full-time, 40hr, behavioral health provider, a benefited position. Responsibilities include conducting comprehensive pre-operative psychosocial evaluations for patients undergoing bariatric surgery as well as providing pre- and post- operative individual behavioral health interventions (as needed); serving as a member of a multidisciplinary team; completing patient charting/documentation (session notes, treatment plans, etc.); and participating in Weight Center staff meetings. Additional opportunities for an academic appointment at UMass.

Collaborates as member of inter-disciplinary team (physician, nursing, psychologist, social worker) for the development and delivery of treatment plans and discharge planning for patients.

Major Responsibilities:
Performs psychological evaluations for weight loss surgery (WLS) (e.g. presenting problem, history of presenting problem, psychiatric history, social history, mental status exam, dynamic formulation), including thorough cognitive and behavioral assessment of patients contemplating weight loss surgery to ensure quality care consistent with professional/ethical guidelines.

Assess pre and post surgery substance abuse concerns and refers assessment to appropriate resources.

Screens pre-weight loss surgery patients for psychopathology. Makes pre-surgical psychological treatment recommendation to ensure timeliness of surgery.

Develops and implements treatment plans. Assesses patient’s progress and updates treatment plans by formulating recommendations to minimize post-surgical challenges and improve treatment safety and effectiveness.

Addresses behavioral and psychological factors related to suboptimal post-surgical weight loss.

Attends and participates in WLS team staff conference/meetings, making recommendations and providing relevant information concerning patient care and treatment, and readiness for discharge. Identifies relevant psychosocial factors that may present post surgical challenges/impede progress post surgery.

Maintains required documentation of patient care in accordance with professional standards.

Maintains current knowledge of procedures, equipment, and supplies necessary for state-of-the-art assessment and treatment of patients and makes recommendations for revision/renewal.

Develops and conducts training programs for staff.

May design, supervise, carry out research studies, analyze and interpret the results of studies and prepare the findings for publication.

Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops. Stays abreast of emerging empirical and clinical literature relating to WLS to enhance surgical outcomes and address post surgical concerns.

Stays abreast and meet the requirements of third-party payers and organizations that accredit WLS Centers.

Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.

Attends a variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.

Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.

Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.

Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

All responsibilities are essential job functions.

Qualifications: Doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD or EdD) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited university or professional school. May consider LICSW. License, in good standing, to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Three years of experience of knowledge and experience in conducting time-limited, evidence based therapy; experience in Health Psychology and working with patients with comorbid medical illnesses; excellent verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of electronic medical record systems.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following characteristics – knowledge and experience conducting bariatric surgery psychosocial evaluations, experience in Health Psychology, bilingual English/Spanish, strong interest in learning about weight loss surgery, obesity and the comorbid medical conditions associated with patients who struggle with obesity and a strong interest in learning more about the dynamic interplay between comorbid medical conditions and a person’s psychological functioning.

We offer competitive salaries, administrative support, a comprehensive Medical & Dental benefit program, a retirement benefit that includes a 401K, 4013 and a pension plan, and vision and wellness & fitness benefits to name a few.

Active membership in professional organizations related to the provision of bariatric behavioral health services is strongly encouraged.

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