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Clinical Health Psychologist - Marietta, GA

Company: WellStar Health System
Location: Marietta
Posted on: May 8, 2022

Job Description:

CLINICAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGISTEmphasis: Pre-Surgical Evaluations (e.g., LVAD, Bariatrics)
Position #37242 or #80017
As we continue to expand our health psychology/behavioral medicine program, Wellstar's Behavioral Health Service Line is pleased to announce several new positions for a Clinical Health Psychologist. These psychologists will support the Wellstar Medical Group's Pre-Surgical Health Psychology service affiliated with the Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (KRMC), providing pre-surgical evaluations and consultations to support patients with primary medical and/or co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions.
The Health Psychology service at Wellstar Health System offers specialty programs in cardiovascular behavioral medicine, metabolic health/bariatrics, psycho-gastroenterology, psychosocial oncology, pain psychology, etc. This is a health psychologist position that will collaborate with the overall health psychology team to provide support for patients anticipating LVAD or bariatric surgery. For candidates meeting the requirements, there is opportunity to job craft with a primary emphasis in either area.
Compensation: Wellstar offers a highly competitive and tiered compensation package based on years of clinical experience. Total compensation is comprised of a base salary and annual quality bonus. Additional financial incentives are offered through attainment of board-certification in clinical health psychology. Please contact Meredith Runge ( in recruitment for additional details.
Setting: Wellstar Health System is a not-for-profit 11-hospital system, recognized as the 5th most integrated health system in the United States, and is one of the largest health systems in Georgia. Wellstar Health System is a member of the Mayo Clinic Network. For this position, services will be provided in an outpatient clinic proximal to (and on-site at) the KRMC campus. Located in Marietta, Georgia, KRMC is Wellstar's flagship hospital, a 650+ bed Level II trauma and tertiary hospital providing graduate medical education and other clinical training opportunities.
At Wellstar, a culture of well-being and work-life integration is essential. To that end, Wellstar's Behavioral Health Service Line established "Clinician Well-Being" as a foundational pillar. Psychologists hold full Medical Staff privileges and are strongly integrated into the healthcare system. Psychologists are "doctors" and enjoy the eligibilities granted to their physician colleagues.
Duties/Responsibilities: The candidate will hold Full Medical Staff privileges at the KRMC. Duties will include consulting with physicians (and other clinicians involved in the care of the patient), interviewing patients and members of their support team, and providing pre-surgical psychological evaluations for candidates for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, bariatric surgery, and (potentially) other procedures. The psychologist will possess an understanding of the motivations and post-surgical requirements of patients pursuing such procedures as well as the risks associated with them. (S)He will provide education to patients and families, diagnose, and render clinical recommendations to physicians to support optimal patient outcomes. (S)He will document findings in the electronic medical record (Epic). Teaching/Training opportunities may be available with area doctoral students. The psychologist will function as a member of Wellstar's Clinical Health Psychology Forum (CHPF), a structure that supports the core foundational and functional competencies of Clinical Health Psychology in alignment with the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Skills Needed: The ideal candidate will possess advanced assessment skills in the area of clinical health psychology, understand the various presentations of patients presenting for candidacy, and how these presentations can impact clinical outcomes. (S)Hhe should be a collaborator with other clinicians, and should possess a strong grasp of evidence-based health psychology interventions to help patients modify health behaviors that could interfere with their candidacy for life-changing procedures. The candidate should possess fluency with medical nomenclature, and work effectively with medical providers, patients, and families throughout the continuum of care.
Required Minimum Education: (1) a doctorate degree (Ph.D./Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), (2) completion of an APA-accredited internship in a medical setting, (3) completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology, and (4) licensure or license-eligibility as a Psychologist in the State of Georgia. Board-certification is not required at the time of hire, but the clinician should possess board-certification in Clinical Health Psychology within two years of the date of hire.
Application Process: Apply through Please also forward a copy of CV and cover letter to provider recruiter, Meredith Runge, at

Keywords: WellStar Health System, Marietta , Clinical Health Psychologist - Marietta, GA, Healthcare , Marietta, Georgia

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