Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology

Henry Ford Health 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.

We are recruiting for 2-3 positions for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The fellow will complete rotations based on interest and fit. Rotation options include:

Internal Medicine/Primary Care

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.

Transplant

Transplant Surgery consists of performing inpatient and outpatient evaluations for suitability for transplants including liver, lung, heart, kidney, and intestinal transplants. Henry Ford Hospital is a high-volume provider of such transplants and requires a psychological evaluation to assure adherence with the rigorous self-care and follow-up needed for patients to survive and thrive following transplant. Fellows assess cognitive functioning, behavioral processes relevant to adherence including psychiatric status and stability, quality of social support, motivation for transplant and other factors relevant to decision making. They collaborate with the surgery staff to ensure optimal outcomes and participate in interdisciplinary team listing meetings. Fellows will also conduct consultations and brief interventions for both inpatients and outpatients who may be struggling with various psychosocial concerns either prior to or after transplant. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to co-lead a group to improve coping skills and a group for relapse prevention. Supervision occurs regularly throughout the day. Fellows also have the opportunity to supervise psychology interns on the service as well as participate in ongoing research projects.

Clinical Research

On this rotation, 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. Ongoing areas of research include psychological interventions for patients with medical illness in medical settings (i.e., chronic pain, bariatric surgery, neonatal intensive care unit, primary care, women’s health), examination of medical risk factors for suicide, investigation of substance use for patients with medical conditions, technology-based interventions, and evaluation of healthcare utilization for patients with mental health and medical comorbidities. The fellow may also have the opportunity to develop their own small project. Didactic training in human subjects research, research methods, manuscript writing, and grant writing may be possible. A list of our potential mentors can be found here: Staff | Health Policy & Services Research | Henry Ford Health - Detroit, MI.

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.

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.

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (734) 246-8004.
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