Early Childhood Development and Assessment Psychologist


Position Details

Department: PCMG-MAIN | Psychology
Category: Physician/Div Chief/Med Dir
Location: Phoenix
Employee Type: Regular
Posting #: 777337
Posted On: 8/10/2023

Position Summary

Posting Note: The Division of Psychology at Phoenix Children’s, in collaboration with the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, is seeking a full-time psychologist with expertise in autism spectrum disorders and related behavioral health/developmental conditions. The psychologist will become a member of the Phoenix Children’s Medical Group and will report to the Division Chief of Psychology. The psychologist will join a growing team of 19 Psychologists and 35 Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The psychologist will practice within the Autism Program at Phoenix Children’s which consistently aims to provide dignified and high-quality care. Congruent with Phoenix Children’s mission, the Autism Program is dedicated to training and scholarship, often with the goal of quality improvement and utilizing innovative methods for effectively supporting the wellbeing of youth and their families. Housed in the 5th largest (and ever-growing) city in the country, Phoenix Children’s Autism Program is uniquely positioned to continue growing to meet the needs for youth and their families who wonder if their child may be on the autism spectrum. Primary Responsibilities: • Provision of direct diagnostic evaluation for youth and their families with a focus on autism spectrum disorder and differential diagnosis • Develop strong working relationships with our growing behavioral health colleagues and work well in interdisciplinary settings • Provision of supervision of psychology graduate students, predoctoral interns, and/or postdoctoral fellows • Provision of training for medical students, residents, and/or fellows within the context of psychological evaluation • Potential for provision of additional clinical services based on expertise and interest (i.e., delivery of evidence-based interventions including behavioral therapy and parent training) • Other duties as determined by the Division of Psychology Chief to meet the needs of the Division of Psychology This position also emphasizes the cultivation of community partnerships alongside Phoenix Children’s colleagues involved in these efforts. Relatedly, the psychologist will have opportunities to actively engage in community educational and outreach efforts as well as research and program development focused on autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. The psychologist will also have opportunities to join in committees or groups dedicated to embodying our institutional mission to create an inclusive workplace that is well supported to provide equitable and dignified healthcare to our patients. Successful applicants will possess high levels of professionalism, interpersonal communication skills, and adaptability. Leadership skills, or the potential for development of leadership skills, are also essential. Academic appointments are strongly encouraged through our relationships with University of Arizona-Phoenix College of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, and Mayo School of Medicine. Candidate Qualifications: • PhD/PsyD in psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program • APA-accredited internship with specialization in child psychology or closely related field (e.g., school psychology) • Specialized training related to the evidence-based diagnostic evaluation of autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., ADOS-2, interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation experience, telehealth assessment) • Demonstration of excellence in provision of clinical care • Unwavering commitment to clinical excellence, collegiality, inclusion, integrity, and respect for diversity • Licensed (or license-eligible) as a psychologist in the state of Arizona • Board-certified or board-eligible in Pediatric Psychology Preferred Qualifications: • Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship • Experience working in hospitals and/or academic medical centers • Experience providing evidence-based intervention for autistic youth (e.g., parent training, CBT, social/communication supports) • Experience working with medically or genetically involved youth or youth with sensory organ impairments (e.g., deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired) • Experience with or potential for becoming involved in program development efforts • Interest and experience in conducting quality improvement or clinical research Phoenix Children’s is Arizona’s top-ranked children’s hospital and is considered a regional hub across *** states. The hospital serves a diverse patient population, with a majority of patients being on public insurance. Phoenix Children’s houses several training programs including pre-doctoral psychology internship and postdoctoral psychology fellowship programs as well as medical student, resident, and fellowship training programs. Phoenix Children’s offers a unique opportunity for psychologists to engage in the training of medical learners alongside medical colleagues, in a truly collaborative environment. For questions and inquiries, please contact: David Blaha Provider Talent Acquisition Partner dblaha@phoenixchildrens.com

The Staff Psychologist shall provide patient care services and will support the PCH mission of providing hope, healing and the best health care for children and their families.

Position Duties

  1. Patient Care Services
    • Provide patient care services for which he/she is clinically privileged, including but not limited to:
    • a)Provide direct patient care services on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
    • b)Provide subspecialty consultations and follow-up.
    • c)Provide diagnostic and therapeutic services/procedures.
    • d)Provide these services for urgent/ emergent care as necessary.
    • Strive to achieve the best patient and family centered care.
    • Support Hospital’s patient satisfaction goals as well as division’s specific targets.
    • Support and adhere to divisional patient safety and quality of care standards.
    • Practices Contemporary Evidence based medicine or latest experience based medicine.
  2. Divisional Responsibilities
    • Establish and demonstrate effort to achieve annual goals and objectives (e.g. individual, division, hospital).
    • Support the medical education programs and activities of the Division, including but not limited to:
    • a)Provide direct supervision of trainees and allied health care professionals for the delivery of inpatient and outpatient services when applicable.
    • b)Conduct teaching rounds, lectures and conference for trainees.
    • c)Participate in the teaching and supervision of trainees and allied health care professionals assigned to the division.
    • d)Participate in the postgraduate continuing educational activities of the division.
    • Support the research endeavors of the division including the research initiatives by other members of the division.
    • Support programmatic growth of division.
    • Support satellite efforts of division when appropriate.
  3. Professionalism
    • Treat colleagues, PCH employees and customers with courtesy, dignity and respect.
    • Promote safe, cooperative and professional health care environment.
    • Support PCH mission, vision and values, including family centered care, excellence in clinical care, leadership, collaboration, and accountability.
  4. Other activities
    • Psychologist shall support the Division Chief in his/her role as liaison to the professional community and general public as requested by the Division Chief.
    • Psychologist may conduct teaching rounds or conferences outside of PCH, particularly if these activities support divisional clinical and teaching programs/ initiatives.
    • Psychologist shall represent PCH in the medical and business communities and before the general public in a professional manner.
    • The following physical and mental skills are essential to the psychologist’s ability to successfully perform the foregoing duties and responsibilities:
    • a)The ability to communicate by telephone, computer or other communication devices.
    • b)The ability to perform after hours or night call responsibilities as needed.
    • c)The ability to work regularly scheduled work hours.
  5. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Phoenix Children's Mission, Vision, & Values


To advance hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families


Phoenix Children's will be the leading pediatric health system in the Southwest, nationally recognized for exceptional care, innovative research and advanced medical education.

We realize this vision by:

  • Offering the most comprehensive care across ages, communities and specialties
  • Investing in innovative research, including emerging treatments, tools and technologies
  • Advancing education and training to shape the next generation of clinical leaders
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of children and families
  • We place children and families at the center of all we do
  • We deliver exceptional care, every day and in every way
  • We collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to amplify our impact
  • We set the standards of pediatric healthcare today, and innovate for the future
  • We are accountable for making the highest quality care accessible and affordable

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Doctoral degree from an APA accredited program.
Certifications / Licenses / Registries
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current Arizona License to Practice Medicine or the ability to obtain prior to start date.
2. Board certified/Board Eligible in the appropriate specialty.
Special Skills
Do you meet this requirement?
1. The ability to move freely from facility to facility, as well as, the ability to move freely throughout facilities and examine patients.
2. The ability to communicate by telephone, computer or other communication devices.
3. The ability to perform after hours or night call responsibilities as needed.
4. The ability to work regularly scheduled work hours.
5. The ability to work well under pressure.
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) - Frequently
2. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) - Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Hearing - Frequently
4. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling - Occasionally
5. Physical Requirement - Reaching - Occasionally
6. Physical Requirement - Sitting - Frequently
7. Physical Requirement - Standing - Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling - Occasionally
9. Physical Requirement - Talking - Constantly
10. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling - Occasionally
11. Physical Requirement - Walking - Frequently
12. Physical Requirement - Near Vision - Frequently
13. Physical Requirement - Far Vision - Frequently
14. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination - Frequently
15. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment - Frequently
16. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
17. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment - Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases - Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid - Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles - Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure - Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure - Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals - Applicable
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