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The Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute at Emory University School of Medicine announces an opening for a part-time Consultation-Liaison Pediatric Psychologist in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). The hired psychologist will be part of a consultation-liaison team that provides clinical services to patients within the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center outpatient clinics (leukemia/lymphoma, neuro-oncology, solid tumor, cancer survivorship, BMT, sickle cell disease, general hematology, etc.) and in the inpatient setting as well. The psychologist will work as part of a multidisciplinary team providing clinical services on a consultative basis.
About the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center: The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at CHOA is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and transplant programs. This psychologist will join one of the strongest pediatric hematology/oncology programs in the country.
Our oncology program cared for more than 450 new cancer cases last year. We represent the pediatric arm of Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the State of Georgia.
We have the largest pediatric hematology program in the country, and actively care for approximately 2000 pediatric patients with sickle cell disease.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—the only tertiary pediatric center in the dynamic metropolitan Atlanta area—serves a population of nearly 6 million people.
About Aflac Psychology: Our group consists of 10 faculty psychologists and neuropsychologists who engage in patient care and clinical research in the areas of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult psycho-oncology and -hematology. Notable clinical accomplishments for our group include:
Aflac Psychology completed almost 4000 encounters in 2018 across our C/L service and outpatient psychotherapy clinics. Aflac Psychology operates in three CHOA-based pediatric hospitals in Atlanta including Egleston, Scottish Rite, and Hughes Spalding. In 2018, we conducted over 250 comprehensive neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and protocol driven assessments.
Aflac Psychology has a variety of senior and “ABPPed” pediatric psychologists with board certifications in the areas of child and adolescent psychology, clinical health psychology, and clinical neuropsychology.
For more about Aflac Psychology, please refer to our webpage: https://www.choa.org/medical-services/cancer-and-blood-disorders/psychology-program
Activities of the C/L Psychologist: Specific job responsibilities will include the provision of brief individual and family psychotherapy, behavior management, adherence-based assessment and intervention, pain management, crisis intervention, parent education, family/sibling support, and consultation with hospital staff. The psychologist will work within an interdisciplinary family support team to provide comprehensive psychosocial care that also includes social work, child-life, music therapy and hospital-based teachers. The position also involves close collaboration with the medical team, which includes hematologists, oncologists, nurse practitioners, medical fellows, and registered nurses. The psychologist will attend weekly team meetings and medical rounds and will participate in family care conferences as needed. Opportunities for provision of training and supervision of psychology fellows, as well as participation in clinical research and program development are also available.
For those interested in a position that includes more than a 0.6 FTE effort (e.g. 3 days a week), opportunities to conduct clinical and/or research-based psychoeducational assessments may be available as a means of increasing the effort associated with this position. This position includes an academic appointment in the Emory University School of Medicine along with all associated faculty benefits.
Training and Professional Credentials:
The ideal candidate will have completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or school psychology, along with an APA/CPA accredited internship/residency which focused on training in pediatric psychology. A two year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology is preferred. All candidates must be licensed or license-eligible in the State of Georgia, and have clinical experience in working with children and families with cancer and blood disorders. For those applicants who do not yet have obtained board certification in psychology, it is expected that ABPP distinction be secured within 7 years of initial employment.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and until the position is filled.
Interested applicants should apply online and email a CV, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation to:
James Klosky, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine &
Director of Psychology
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta