Title:  Assistant Professor

Division:  Surgery
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Requisition ID:  6106

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The Division of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is looking for a clinical psychologist who would focus on bariatric patients. Reporting to the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program Director and/or surgeons, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Psychologist provides psychological consultation, support, counseling and intervention to bariatric patients and their significant others through evaluation of psychological well-being, in accordance with the national standards of care in this discipline. The psychologist is accountable for the safety of the care they deliver.

Job Duties

This is a faculty position with the Division of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, part of the Department of Surgery, to provide patient care services at McNair Campus in an outpatient clinic setting.


  • Assure the safety of the served patient population by demonstrating appropriate skills in assessing, implementing and evaluating plans of care.
  • Perform psychological evaluations and develops plans for the preoperative metabolic and bariatric surgery patient and provide formal written evaluations and interpretation of data (i.e. DIET inventory and Psychological questionnaire) as to the patients' readiness and ability to make an informed decision regarding surgery.
  • Participates in the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Multidisciplinary Team meeting to discuss challenging patients, office dynamics, and/or seek supervision on cases.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of plans for psychiatric care for the patient and their family, including but not limited to, smoking cessation, addiction treatment, eating disorder monitoring, etc.
  • Maintains contact with individual's psychologist/psychiatrist/therapist, if applicable, to provide education to providers about anticipated psychological changes post surgery and to maintain collaborative efforts with recommended treatment plan.
  • Provides psychological support to postoperative metabolic and bariatric surgery patients surrounding psychosocial issues/stressors. Addresses psychopathology, body image, self-esteem, social support quality of life, marital adjustment, and sexual functioning. Post-surgical follow-up required at 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year with any additional support provided as deemed necessary and/or needed.
  • Provides couples therapy when necessary. Patients will be given the chance to learn about couples therapy and will have the opportunity to benefit from a systems perspective on how their psychopathology relates to their current weight and disordered eating. Psycho education may also be provided to the spouse/partner of the patient that involves explanation of the emotional and physical changes that their spouse may experience after the surgery.
  • Attends appropriate in-service and continuing education training program(s) for hospital staff, commensurate with job responsibilities.
  • Participates in the monthly information sessions.
  • Participates in clinic projects, which seek to improve patient care.

Job Duties (continued)

  • Complete all documentation in a timely manner to enable billing operations.
  • Communicates findings to interdisciplinary team and others as appropriate.
  • Participates and leads various group meetings, including but not limited to support group, emotional eating, and body image groups. The CBT focused groups may change periodically to address the many issues/topics that may be addressed in a group format, along with patient's having the opportunity to benefit from the group process as a whole.
  • Administrative responsibilities including keeping informed of current Bariatric research, attending seminars, data entry for future research studies, and professional development.
  • Participates in continuing education and/or other appropriate activities to maintain current licensure.
  • Conducts research in area of expertise as needed or as desired by candidate.
  • Other duties as assigned from time to time.

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