NICU Psychologist


Position Details

Department: PCMG-MAIN | Psychology
Category: Physician/Div Chief/Med Dir
Location: Phoenix
Employee Type: Regular
Posting #: 830371
Posted On: 4/12/2024

Position Summary

Posting Note: The Division of Psychology, in collaboration with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), at Phoenix Children’s is seeking a pediatric psychologist to join our growing team. Primary clinical responsibilities for this position include inpatient consultation, individual and family psychotherapy for caregivers with a child in the NICU, facilitating caregiver psychoeducational group, and providing bridge outpatient therapy for caregivers who would benefit from ongoing support surrounding their transition home from the NICU. Integration into our multidisciplinary NICU is a central part of the position, including participation in interdisciplinary team meetings and rounds, collaboration and coordination of care within the medical setting, and teaching for medical resident and psychology trainees. Furthermore, opportunities to formally supervise psychology trainees within our APA-Accredited Psychology Doctoral Internship Program (Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology tracks), support NICU psychosocial program development, and participate in clinical research are encouraged. Successful candidates will have well-rounded consultation, assessment, and intervention experience in pediatric psychology with experience supporting families of patients with pre and postnatally diagnosed complex medical presentations that necessitate NICU admission. The candidate must develop strong working relationships with our NICU physicians, advanced practice practitioners, fellows, and multidisciplinary team members, possess excellent communication and advocacy skills, and participate in collaborative research. The NICU pediatric psychologist will support the programmatic growth of the Phoenix Children’s NICU psychosocial team that directly serves all NICU patients and families, including a growing team of palliative medicine physicians, mental health therapists, social workers, child life specialists, art and music therapists, and chaplains. An unwavering commitment to clinical excellence, inclusion, and respect for diversity is vital. Individuals with Spanish fluency are encouraged to apply. The Pediatric Psychologist will become a member of the Phoenix Children’s Medical Group and will report to the Division Chief of Psychology. The candidate must be board-certified or board-eligible in Pediatric Psychology and will join a growing team of Psychologists and mental health therapists. Professionalism, leadership, interpersonal communication skills, and adaptability are essential. Active involvement in our APA-accredited psychology internship program is expected, as is participation in the education of medical learners. 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. A new NICU space within PCH’s main campus will open May 15th 2024 and boasts state-of-the- art patient rooms and team member work spaces. Successful candidates will thus have interest in program development and expanding the reach of psychological services for NICU patients and families. Over the last several years, Phoenix and its surrounding communities have experienced significant population growth while still maintaining a favorable cost of living compared to the other large metro areas. Year-round sunshine, abundant scenic desert landscape, and access to wide-ranging recreational, cultural, and spectator sports activities are other advantages of living in the Phoenix Valley area. This position offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, including employer retirement contribution, generous vacation/meeting time, CME funds, health and dental benefits, disability, and life insurance. For questions and inquiries, please contact: David Blaha Provider Talent Acquisition Partner Phoenix Children’s

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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