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Three Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Psychology


Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

01/11/13

Contact Jennifer Winpenny
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11/19/2012

The Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, MA is currently accepting applications for three full-time clinical psychology post-doctoral positions that start in September 2013. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a federally designated, comprehensive cancer center and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School with a longstanding commitment to psychology training. A brief description of the three post-doctoral fellowship opportunities follows:



1) Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Oncology and School Consultation

This one-year post-doctoral program offers training that includes two major components. The first component focuses on consultation to survivors of pediatric cancer through our School Liaison Program providing consultation/liaison services to off-treatment patients, their families, and schools regarding the educational late-effects of medical treatment. The second component is as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing psychological care and behavioral consultation and intervention to on-treatment pediatric oncology patients and families. Fellows are also encouraged to develop and become involved with clinical programming and research focused on understanding and addressing the needs of the pediatric oncology population. The successful candidate will have a strong background in pediatric/health psychology with experience in school consultation and the interpretation of neuropsychological assessment. Fellows will maintain an academic appointment through Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. For additional information or more detailed program description, contact Lisa Northman, Ph.D. at (617) 632-6764 or lisa_northman@dfci.harvard.edu



2) Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

This one-year post-doctoral program offered through the Divisions of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology offers the opportunity for training in the clinical care of pediatric neuro-oncology patients and families. Working as an integral part of the multidisciplinary neuro-oncology team, the fellow will provide psychological care, behavioral consultation and intervention to on-treatment patients experiencing a range of CNS oncologic and psychosocial concerns. As a team member in the Neuro-Oncology Outcomes Program, the fellow also provides behavioral assessment and consultation to survivors of brain tumors and their families. There are also opportunities to develop and administer clinical programs and participate in ongoing research projects. The successful candidate will have a strong background in pediatric/health psychology. Fellows will maintain an academic appointment through Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. For additional information or more detailed program description, contact Brian Delaney, Psy.D. at (617) 632-4206 or brian_delaney@dfci.harvard.edu



3) Psychology Fellowship in Young Adult Psychosocial Oncology,

Division of Adult Psychosocial Oncology

This two-year post doctoral fellowship offers training in the provision of clinical services to young adult oncology patients and conducting research as part of an innovative mental health initiative for young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. DFCI treats more than 1,500 young adult patients (ages 18-34) each year. The Young Adult Program at DFCI provides clinical mental health services and specialized programs to meet the unique psychosocial and developmental needs of this population. The fellow’s clinical responsibilities will include mental health assessment, individual and family psychotherapy, consultation and liaison to medical staff, and cognitive-behavioral interventions for young adults treated in the Adult Medical Oncology setting. The fellow will also assist in development and implementation of specialized educational and peer support programs for young adult patients. While the aforementioned fellowships in pediatrics are primarily clinical in nature, this Young Adult fellowship is program is designed with 50% research and 50% clinical components. Research opportunities include investigation of patient-physician communication, treatment decision-making, and the psychosocial outcomes of cancer care among young adults. The successful candidate will have adult health psychology experience and a robust understanding of research design and statistical analysis. Strong writing and analytical skills and interest in publishing original research are necessary. Fellows will maintain an academic appointment through Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. For additional information or more detailed program description, contact Karen Fasciano, Psy.D. at (617) 632-4724 or kfasciano@partners.org

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A full range of didactic training experiences is included in all three fellowships. An interdisciplinary journal club, psychosocial oncology seminars, and palliative care training opportunities are included in the curriculum. Fellows receive a minimum of two hours of weekly individual supervision in addition other consultation with faculty in clinical and research settings. Opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and presentations are available. Fellows are encouraged to attend other educational activities such as psychiatric and medical grand rounds that exist at the many Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in the Longwood Medical Area. For all three positions graduates of APA-accredited psychology programs with APA-accredited pre-doctoral internships are preferred. Note that while applicants are welcome to apply to all positions, they must indicate a ranking in their cover letter. Benefits are included and salary is competitive.

Application deadline is January 11, 2013; early applications are encouraged. Interested candidates should send: 1) Curriculum Vitae, three letters of reference (including one from internship supervisor), a cover letter that includes a statement of interest, and official graduate transcript to:

Jennifer Winpenny, Clinical Administrative Support Specialist, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Office D-312, Boston, MA 02215 or to JenniferE_Winpenny@dfci.harvard.edu

DFCI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity.

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