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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology

Henry Ford Health System offers Postdoctoral Fellowships in Health Psychology, which prepare psychologists to practice independently in the assessment and treatment of medical patients with behavioral manifestations or etiology.

Fellows develop expertise in differential diagnosis, behavioral problems associated with common medical conditions, consultation with referring physicians, and working with multidisciplinary groups.

Fellows perform consultations including chart review, patient assessment, and feedback to staff. They develop liaison relationships with one or more medical/surgical divisions and participate in the programs of that specialty area, including collaborative rounding, and multidisciplinary team meetings, representing the Department of Behavioral Health.

Fellows have the opportunity to develop one or more research projects independently and/or in collaboration with senior staff. Fellows can take advantage of a wide variety of medical education opportunities. On Thursdays, fellows will attend Behavioral Health Grand Rounds. On Fridays, fellows attend weekly teaching conferences and team meetings.

Our fellows are prepared for jobs in health psychology and have gone on to work in a variety of clinical, academic, and research settings.

Fellows have a flexible start date, likely beginning in August or September. A PhD or PsyD and strong interest in health psychology are required.

There will be 2 positions for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

The following rotations will be combined with the interests of the fellows:

Chronic Pelvic Pain (1 day/week)

The fellow provides clinical assessments and brief treatment for women with chronic pelvic pain who present to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology specialty clinic. The fellow works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of a gynecological surgeon, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. At this specialty clinic, patients complete a gynecological evaluation with the surgeon then a psychological evaluation with the fellow. The surgeon and fellow then discuss treatment planning and then, together offer treatment recommendations to patients based on those evaluations. As part of the training at this clinic, fellows will gain knowledge of medical interventions for pelvic pain and gain additional experience in multidisciplinary care.

Internal Medicine/Primary Care (2 days/week)

The fellow on the Internal Medicine rotation will provide psychological evaluations for outpatients in the Internal Medicine Primary Care clinic. Reasons for consultation requests include depression, anxiety, pain management, weight management, insomnia, adjustment to life stressors, nonadherence with medical regimens, substance abuse, psychosis, and somatoform disorders. Most of these patients also have co-occurring chronic illnesses. Consults are typically received with the “warm-handoff” model from the patients’ primary care physicians. Other opportunities include brief follow-up with patients, participation in interdisciplinary staff meetings, resident teachings, resident communication training, and developing and implementing psychotherapy groups. Currently, the team co-leads a 6 week behavioral weight management psychotherapy group. Fellows will also have an opportunity to supervise psychology interns on the service. Fellows will gain knowledge in assessment and diagnosis, pharmacology, general medicine, and learn to work with primary care physicians within an interdisciplinary setting. Supervision occurs regularly throughout the day. Opportunities for research focused on quality and outcomes are readily available.

Psycho-oncology – Head and Neck Cancer (2 days/week)

Fellows complete inpatient and outpatient evaluations with brief interventions for most patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancers. In addition to completing these evaluations, fellows are integrated within a multidisciplinary team of surgical, radiation, and medical oncologists, advanced practice providers, nurse navigators, speech-language pathologists, and registered dietitians. Fellows will also complete pre-surgical evaluation and clearance for patients referred for cochlear implants and a type of surgery for obstructive sleep apnea (i.e., hypoglossal nerve stimulator implantation). There will be an opportunity to participate in ongoing research activities and publications in cancer, sleep surgery, and audiology.

Clinical Research (2 days/week)

The fellow will assist with ongoing research projects with Lisa Matero, PhD. The primary project is to assist in evaluating a brief, behavioral intervention for patients with chronic pain that is integrated in a primary care clinic. Possibilities for other research topics include bariatric surgery, transplant, pain, and/or integrated care. Other responsibilities include literature searches, data entry, and preparation of abstracts for conference presentations and manuscripts for publication. The fellow may also have the opportunity to develop his/her own small project. Didactic training in human subjects research, research methods, manuscript writing, and grant writing may be possible.

Clinical Research (2 days/week)

The fellow will be matched with a research mentor in the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research to assist with ongoing research projects. The fellow will be expected to lead at least one research presentation and one manuscript. Options for ongoing projects include examination of medical risk factors for suicide, investigation of long-term opioid use for patients with medical conditions, and evaluation of healthcare utilization for patients with mental health and medical comorbidities. The fellow will also learn to assist with recruitment and data collection in an active trial or prospective study. Didactic training in human subjects research, research methods, manuscript writing, and grant writing will be included. The fellow may also have the opportunity to develop his/her own project within the scope of available resources. Specific research programs will be tailored to clinical and research interests of the fellow and mentor.

Salary and Benefits

  • $48,000 Stipend
  • $1,000 Professional Development Allowance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Options for Medical, Vision, Dental Insurance for self and dependents
  • 22 days vacation/personal time
  • Up to 5 conference and/or interview days

Application Process

To apply, please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation to the training director Lisa Matero, PhD, ABPP (LMatero1@hfhs.org). Your letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Dr. Matero from your references. Please have them include your name in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2019.

For any questions regarding our health psychology fellowship opportunities, please contact:

Lisa R. Matero, PhD
Health Psychology Fellowship Director

Henry Ford Hospital is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator.

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