Position: Psychologist

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

St. Mary’s is seeking a Psychologist to engage children and adolescents admitted to in-patient care at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children with complex medical conditions and comorbid intellectual disability ranging from mild to profound and/or mild or major neurocognitive disorders. The Psychologist is responsible for partnering with the child, family, and interdisciplinary treatment team in developing and implementing treatment plans and providing psychological services. The qualified candidate will be responsible for partnering with patients with physical rehabilitation and/or complex medical needs and their families in assessing children’s developmental and behavioral health needs and recommending services, as appropriate. In addition, he/ she will be responsible for developing treatment plans, providing necessary psychological services, and completing the required documentation. The ideal candidate will have expertise in behavioral principles related to skill acquisition, tolerance, motivation, reinforcement, and problem behavior reduction in children with intellectual disability (ranging from mild to profound) and/or neurocognitive disorders.The candidate must have a strong interest in children and adolescents with complex medical conditions and have experience applying behavioral principles to support skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction in children and adolescents with multiple disabilities

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

  •  Assesses patients and family needs for psychiatric and psychological treatment.
  •  Develops behavioral interventions to support children’s developmental skill acquisition, motivation, participation, and toleration of medical care and rehabilitation.
  • Conducts functional behavioral assessment and the develops behavior plans to reduce problem behaviors interfering with child’s treatment plan and/or adjustment to in-patient stay.
  • Performs an assessment of child/ family to determine behavioral health treatment plan and recommendation.
  • Demonstrates effective communication with children/families and interdisciplinary unit based staff.
  • Trains interdisciplinary staff to implement behavioral principles supporting identified behavioral treatment plan.
  • Documents findings and services in the patient’s medical record.
  • Develops treatment plan for patients requiring psychological or behavioral health services.
  • Demonstrates expertise in behavioral principles related to skill acquisition, tolerance, motivation, reinforcement, and problem behavior reduction in children with intellectual disability (ranging from mild to profound) and/or mild or major neurocognitive disorders.
  • Provides psychological treatment according to the patient’s care plan, documenting treatment outcomes in the patient’s medical record.
  • Provides individual psychoeducational sessions for parents to help them understand their child’s condition, development and needs.
  • Assists in the development, coordination and implementation of patient and staff support programs and bereavement coordination throughout the facility.
  • Conducts follow-up evaluations on patients, documenting evaluation outcomes in the patient’s medical record.
  • Works as a member of the unit based interdisciplinary team to address behavioral issues to maximize child’s engagement in rehabilitation and/or other therapeutic interventions.
  • Interprets child’s behavior and educates/supports unit based care team in maximizing consistent positive behavioral and psychological responses to child.16. Participates in Family Meetings, Comprehensive Care Conferences and patient care meetings.
  • Designs data collection systems.
  • Administers and interprets standardized psychological assessments
  • Develops and conducts in-service training programs.20. Develops and conducts educational programs for families and patients on related issues as appropriate.
  • Other duties as requested.

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We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits:

  • Excellent individual/family benefits
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement plan

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Position Requirements

Formal education required: 

  • Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Psychology or Equivalent Degree
  • Unrestricted licensed Psychologist in the State of New York
  • BCBA certification preferred but not required.

Previous experience required:

  • Minimum two-year’s experience in pediatric psychology required.
  • Minimum two-year’s experience with medically compromised children required.
  • Experience with the development of behavioral plans for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities preferred.

About Us

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is one of the nation’s premier providers of intensive rehabilitation and specialized care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. The largest pediatric post-acute care provider of its kind in the region, St. Mary’s treats 2,000 children each day through our hospital, Home Care and Community Programs in the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and beyond. Following hospitalizations for complications from premature birth, illness and injury, or when special services are needed, children and their families come to St. Mary’s to receive exceptional care, learn to manage their condition, and achieve a better quality of life.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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