Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Integrated Care Psychology

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Dr. Tisha Deen, Ph.D.

The Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has an opening for a one-year post-doctoral resident in Integrated Specialty Care for the training year 2022-2023. The fellowship start date is August 2022.

Description: The goal of the fellowship is to provide the fellow with clinical training focused on developing advanced competencies in integrated behavioral health care and health psychology to prepare them for independent practice in an integrated care academic medical center environment. We aim to prepare the fellow to leave fellowship as an early career psychologist who can thrive in multidisciplinary, primary and specialty health care settings, provide high-quality evidence-based care, and promote the crucial role of providing pre and post-transplant evaluations, functional assessments and brief psychological interventions to promoting physical and psychological wellness. We seek to recruit fellows who are interested in improving population health and health equity through interprofessional collaboration and education.

High Impact Primary Care Setting: The fellow will provide outpatient care to socioeconomically diverse primary care populations in the UAMS Internal Medicine Clinic, High Impact Clinic and other appropriate primary care settings. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients in a fast-paced setting and also work with patients presenting with complex medical and comorbid conditions. The fellow will learn how to adapt their current skills and learn new interventions to fully integrated into the primary care setting and will receive advanced training in primary care behavioral health (PCBH) through the UAMS Behavioral Health Integration Academy. The primary care behavioral health team includes Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs), social work trainees and psychiatry residents. The fellow will be an integral part of the UAMS behavioral health team and will have the opportunity to provide vertical supervision as available and appropriate.

Transplant Psychology: UAMS is the home of Arkansas’ only adult kidney and liver transplant center.  UAMS performed the state’s first kidney transplant in 1964 and the state’s first liver transplant in 2005. The UAMS organ transplant team has performed over 2,000 kidney transplants and over 400 liver transplants and continues to grow.  This rotation focuses on providing pre-transplant psychological evaluations and psychotherapy to pre-and post-transplant patients to optimize outcomes. Interns are part of multidisciplinary teams consisting of transplant surgeons, nephrologists, hepatologists, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, pharmacists, dietitians, financial coordinators, social workers, and psychologist. The fellow will conduct pre-kidney and/or liver transplant and provide outpatient psychotherapy to patients pre-and post-transplant. Interventions primarily utilize CBT, ACT, and other evidence-based interventions to address depression, anxiety, substance use, pain management, and adherence issues.  The fellow may engage in inpatient evaluation and consultation services for emergent transplant cases. The fellow may also have the opportunity to conduct living kidney donor psychological evaluations. The fellow will have the opportunity to attend multidisciplinary weekly kidney and liver transplant listing meetings.

Optional Opportunities: The fellow will have the opportunity to receive training and supervision in implementation science and implementation facilitation based on the interest of the fellow. There are many options for creating a quality improvement project or implementation of an evidence-based practice within the primary care setting.

Benefits: The current salary is $48,000. Health insurance is available for family or single at a reasonable rate. All fees associated with EPPP and the licensure process (preparation materials, fees, etc.) is covered in full by the department. The fellow will also receive support for conference attendance with successful acceptance of a presentation. Vacation, sick leave, and professional leave are standard. The resident will have their own office with up to date technology support.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have successfully completed a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program including an APA accredited internship with a focus in health psychology by their start date. Experience working in integrated care settings and especially some exposure to pre-surgical evaluations is preferred.

Applications: The program strives to recruit and retain early career professionals who represent, and are passionate about, the communities served by UAMS. Applicants from diverse backgrounds with interest in social justice and underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Required application materials include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current CV
  • Three letters of reference, one of which must be from internship

Application materials should be emailed to Dr. Tisha Deen at deentishal@uams.edu. Please feel free to contact Dr. Deen with any questions about the fellowship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interviews will begin in January of 2022.

Tisha Deen, PhD
Director of Behavioral Health Integration, Integrated Medicine Service Line
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences