Psychologist - Medical Weight Loss Program

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 155782-1A
Date Posted: Jun 12, 2019

Job Description

Welcome To

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center  is part of a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.

About the Job

Position will provide care to patients by assessing and helping them through their weight loss program. This position is responsible for delivering a full range of direct clinical services to Weight Loss patients, such as psychological testing (if indicated) and individual case consultation with multi-disciplinary team of providers. Functions as a bariatric psychological provider and has a direct impact on the care of our patients as they work towards their goals of weight loss and improved health. Collaborates as a member of inter-disciplinary team (physicians, psychologist, social workers, registered dieticians) for the development and delivery of treatment plans for patients.

Doctoral Degree (Ph. D, Psych D, or Ed. D) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited university or professional school. License required. 1+ years of experience preferred. Active membership in professional organizations related to the provision of bariatric behavioral health services is strongly encouraged.

Requires expertise in the assessment and treatment of obese patients and the evaluation of behavioral and psychological variables associated with obesity and weight loss procedures.

Performs psychological evaluations for weight loss patients (i.e. presenting problem, history of presenting problem, psychiatric history, social history, mental status exam) including thorough cognitive and behavioral assessment of patients contemplating weigh loss surgery to ensure quality care consistent with professional/ethical guidelines.

Assess concerns and refer assessment to appropriate resources. Makes psychological treatment recommendations to ensure timeliness of procedures. Develops and implements treatment plans. Assesses patient’s progress and updates treatment plans by formulating recommendations to minimize challenges and improve treatment safety and effectiveness. Addresses behavioral and psychological factors related to weight loss. Makes recommendations and provides relevant information concerning patient care and treatment. Identifies relevant psychosocial factors that may present challenges and impede patient’s progress.

Develop treatment plans that involve teaching self-monitoring behaviors, changing old beliefs, building new coping skills, and making changes to home and work environments to support health goals. Help patients address obstacles to weight loss, identify positive ways to change unhealthy eating habits, and develop new skills and ways of thinking. Leads programs and classes related but not limited to emotional eating disorders, binge eating, coping with stress eating disorders, and develop individualized and group models treatments models that address stress and weight loss treatment options.