Friday, June 15, 2012

UNC Center for Transplant Care, Chapel Hill, NC, USA - 1 psychology postdoctoral fellowship in transplant

Description: This is a full-time psychology postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide the fellow with clinical and research training in the field of transplant and supervised clinical training in the practice of psychology required to apply for permanent licensure. The Fellow will work closely with a two PhD-level licensed clinical psychologists on both the abdominal (liver, kidney, and pancreas) and thoracic (heart/lung) transplant teams. The fellow will be a member of the multidisciplinary UNC Center for Transplant Care and be employed by UNC Hospitals. 

Clinical Opportunities: The majority of the Postdoc’s clinical work will involve the evaluation of potential liver and kidney transplant patients and potential kidney donors. There are opportunities to work with potential heart and lung transplant patients. Both scheduled and emergent evaluations are conducted. The Postdoc will work closely with a team of physicians and mid-level providers to prepare patients for transplant and follow patients, providing additional psychological assessment, counseling, and brief protocol-based interventions (e.g., for depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, anger management, smoking cessation, relapse prevention). The Postdoc will participate on a multidisciplinary treatment team and provide C/L services at the request of various disciplines. The Postdoc will participate in quality improvement programs and be involved in initiating and running a support group for transplant patients. Both inpatient and outpatient opportunities are available. Clinical supervision is 1 hour per week and as needed.

Research Opportunities: The Postdoc will work with both supervising psychologists in several research projects involving quality of life in transplant patients and be responsible for many administrative aspects of study coordination. The Postdoc will be able to work with the thoracic transplant psychologist to develop research in accordance with the Postdoc’s research interests relevant to transplant. Additionally, the Postdoc will be actively involved in preparing manuscripts for publication. The Postdoc will be involved in manuscript writing, grant preparation, project coordination, and dissemination of results. The Postdoc would receive co-authorship on all manuscripts in which he/she contributes, and preparation of first-authored papers will be encouraged.

Requirements: Completion of a predoctoral internship and receipt of a doctoral degree in psychology (PhD, PsyD) from an APA-accredited program. Current interns should apply. Those with backgrounds in health psychology, behavioral medicine, and addiction and/or previous manuscript-writing experience will be competitive. Applicants are not expected to have previous experience in the field of transplant. Applicants should have excellent report-writing skills, enjoy scientific writing, and expect to work toward North Carolina licensure.

Application proceedure: Applications are being accepted now, until the position is filled. Interviews will be held as applications are received. The position will begin July to September 2012 (start date negotiable/TBD). This is a one-year position, with the option to renew contingent upon performance and funding. Salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines, and includes health benefits, paid vacation and sick leave, and time to attend national conferences. Please submit a cover letter describing research and clinical experience and career goals, CV, and writing sample (first-authored manuscript and/or de-identified psychological evaluation). Please have 2-3 reference letters emailed directly. Send material to Dr. Marci Loiselle at

Start data: July to September 2012
Application deadline July 1st, 2012