Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis offers a one year postdoctoral fellowship for an individual with doctoral level training in behavioral medicine or health psychology. The fellowship will begin in September 2014.

REQUIREMENTS: (1) A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology; and (2) interest and experience in working with a medical population.  

JOB SETTING: The Siteman Cancer Center is a leader in patient care, community outreach and cancer research, prevention, and education. It is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. It offers the extensive expertise of more than 350 Washington University research scientists and physicians, many of whom annually provide comprehensive care for 8,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Siteman Counseling Service at Siteman Cancer Center provides clinical services including outpatient assessment and treatment, inpatient consultation, and a variety of support services for individuals with cancer and/or their family members. The postdoctoral fellow functions as a full member of the service, assuming the same range of responsibilities as supervisors, at the appropriate level of autonomy given the fellow’s abilities and experience.

The goals of the fellowship program are to provide advanced training in the provision of services in a medical setting to patients and their family members and to prepare for a position in the field of psycho-oncology or medical psychology. Weekly peer and individual supervision is prioritized in the training experience, and the fellowship meets the requirements for licensure regarding postdoctoral supervised experience in the state of Missouri. In addition, the fellow will have access to a wide variety of didactic training experiences available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine.

RESPONSIBILITIES: (1) Provision of clinical services (brief assessment, psychoeducation, and individual or group psychotherapy) for patients and families receiving care at the Siteman Cancer Center. Common treatment issues include management of physical symptoms or treatment side effects (e.g. pain, nausea, fatigue), adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, caregiving concerns, and end of life issues; (2) documentation of clinical contact with patients; (3) consultation to providers of medical and psychosocial services for patients, including oncologists, psychiatrists, social workers, spiritual care providers, nursing staff, and nutritionists; and (4) participation in educational and outreach programs within or sponsored by the Siteman Cancer Center. Although not a requirement of the position, fellows may also participate in supervision and research activities if opportunities are available.

SALARY/BENEFITS: The postdoctoral fellow will be offered a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance, vacation time, and sick leave.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: (1) A doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology; and (2) interest and experience in working with a medical population.

APPLICATIONS: Please contact Dr. Teresa Deshields for further information about the position. Applications must be received by January 1, 2014. To apply for this position, please send your CV with a cover letter describing your specific interests and three letters of reference to:

Teresa Deshields, PhD
Siteman Cancer Center
4921 Parkview Place, MS: 90-35-703
St. Louis, MO 63110
Fax: 314-454-7474
E-mail: tld2593@bjc.org