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Postdoctoral Fellow (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)

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Location: Wauwatosa WI

Company Name: Medical College of Wisconsin

Occupational Category: 21-1093.00,Social and Human Service Assistants

Date Posted: 2020-02-10

Valid Through: 2020-03-11

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


Position Description:


The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is seeking applications for a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology with a focus on Hematology/Oncology/ BMT. The fellowship will provide extensive supervised clinical experience with pediatric hematology, oncology and BMT patients and their families, including: psychological assessment and psychotherapy, AYA, pre-BMT readiness evaluations, neurocognitive assessment for late effects of cancer treatment and to screen for neurocognitive functioning in the sickle cell population, and consultation/liaison with staff, schools, and community agencies. The fellow also participates in several multidisciplinary clinics, including leukemia, sickle cell disease, transition off of therapy, and survivorship clinics. The fellow provides continuity of care to patients across inpatient and outpatient settings and collaborates closely within the broader multidisciplinary team Opportunities for supervision of practicum students and teaching of medical residents are also available.

In addition to clinical care, the fellow will assist in program development and coordination of research focused on the psychosocial functioning of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and other blood disorders. The fellow will also participate in Children’s Oncology Group protocols and other behavioral health research projects. There is opportunity to pursue an independent research project in the second year of fellowship.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.

Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:

It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:
• Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
• Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
• Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
• Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
• Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
• The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
• As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.

Primary Functions
• Assist in collection, scoring and compilation of research data, development of research reports and dissemination of results for psychosocial studies in hematology/oncology/transplant.
• Under supervision, provide consultation, assessment and treatment with children and families.
• Functions as members of mental health team, attend meetings, collaborate with other members and staff.
• Assist in planning and development of new research studies.
• Maintain inventory of research materials (e.g. testing protocols).
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Schedule:

Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.

Position Requirements:


Minimum Required Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology, Couneling Psychology or related field.

Minimum Required Experience: No experience required.

Preferred Experience: APA approved internship with emphasis on child clinical or pediatric psychology. Previous experience working with pediatric populations strongly preferred.

Preferred Education: Applicants should have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an APA-approved program in clinical or counseling psychology.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Required knowledge: biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, documentation, records management, data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills

Skills and abilities: This will vary based on the hiring manager’s preferences and should include things that can be learned or trained for.

About MCW

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class