Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Behavioral Medicine Team at Cooper University Hospital is now recruiting for two separate one- to two-year post-doctoral fellowships with anticipated start dates in Fall 2022. Each position is focused in health psychology, applications are due by January 15, 2022.

About Cooper Hospital

Cooper University Health Care (CUHC) is an academic medical center anchored in Camden, NJ and serving all of South Jersey. At the heart of the medical center, and just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is Cooper University Hospital (CUH), South Jersey’s only level one trauma center and 635-bed public hospital. In addition, CUHC operates over 100 ambulatory clinics, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, 3 urgent care centers, and is affiliated with the Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. In total, Cooper’s 7,000 providers, 600 physicians, 300 APP’s, 325 Physicians in residency and fellowship and our staff care for nearly 2 million patients each year, many of whom live in disadvantaged areas in Camden.

  1. Post-Doctoral Fellowship Behavioral Medicine, Multiple Positions

    The post-doctoral fellow in Behavioral Medicine will have the opportunity to train in a variety of settings, including an inpatient medical consultation-liaison service, integrated primary care clinic, inpatient psychiatry, women’s health, trauma, addictions and pediatrics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with numerous other health care professionals across a variety of specialties, including hospital medicine, trauma, neurology, oncology, addictions medicine, and psychiatry. Points of intervention include individual and group work with patients and families, as well as direct collaboration with other providers. The fellow will also have the opportunity to work with the newly formed Resiliency Resources Team (RRT) to provide wellness-related education and other support to providers and staff throughout the health system.

    For additional information about the Division of Behavioral Medicine please visit https://www.cooperhealth.org/services/behavioral-medicine. Learn more about the RRT and other wellness initiatives at http://wellness.cooperhealth.org/

    Position Description

    The post-doctoral fellow will provide psychological consultation and psychotherapeutic intervention for patients and families in both medical inpatient and outpatient contexts. The successful candidate will provide evidence-based brief interventions (CBT, ACT and mindfulness- skills) with demographically diverse patients and family members presenting with an array of psychological concerns from adjustment issues, to depression and anxiety, as well as serious mental illness and PTSD. The fellow will work in collaboration with, and provide consultation to, a multidisciplinary medical team. It is also expected that the fellow will participate in daily operations of various clinics and mental health team; collaboratively work to maximize disposition efficiency for patients with psychological diagnosis; ensure intradepartmental mental health care is practiced in accordance with best medical practice for mental health challenges and emergencies; collaboratively work to institute appropriate changes to improve patient/employee/third party satisfaction; review and revise billing procedures to potentially improve revenue cycles; design and pilot research protocols and programs in order to contribute to the emergency services literature. The successful candidate will also assist in ensuring that mental health emergency procedures meet JCAHO/CMS credentialing requirements and that best care practices are followed, which includes providing any needed ongoing education for emergency department personnel.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Develops meaningful and effective relationships with leadership and frontline physicians, nurses, residents and students. Engages in regular direct communication with all staff as well as patients and their families
    • Provides patient risk assessment and recommendations
    • Provide consultation as well as liaison services in a busy Medical Clinic
    • Create group programming as appropriate for psychiatric patients across a variety of clinics
    • Serves as a mental health liaison across various medical clinics. Develops and maintains referral relationships with community-based behavioral health providers to assist in timely psychological and psychiatric support for patients needing referrals for longer term mental health needs
    • Provides consultative support to caregivers seeking referral to appropriate behavioral health providers, including education about most efficient and effective use of behavioral health resources.
    • Develops original presentations and trainings as needed to cover areas such as stress management, self-care and provider wellness
    • Participate in on-going Behavioral Medicine research; initiation of new projects, work toward procurement of internal and external grant-funding; participation in professional presentation at national conferences; work toward publication of Behavioral Medicine research
    • Represent Cooper locally, regionally, and nationally at conferences-presenting emergency. Work collaboratively with other institutions to share best practices and program strategies. Oversee data collection and maintain database. Submit publications to peer reviewed journals in collaboration with the Division of Behavioral Medicine
    • Provide secondary supervision for Behavioral Medicine externs and interns as applicable.

    Interested applicants, please email letter of interest, CV and at least one recommendation letter to Dr. Philip Fizur – fizur-philip@cooperhealth.edu

  2. Post-Doctoral Fellowship Early Intervention Program (HIV Clinic)

    The Early Intervention Program was developed as an interdisciplinary health clinic designed to address the physical and mental health needs of HIV infected individuals. The Program provides both physical care from primary medical team, infectious disease, addictions medicine, psychiatry, pharmacy, medical case management, nursing navigation as well as mental health supports to all patients. Asa Ryan White Program-funded clinic, the EIP is charged with providing a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, essential support services, and medications for low-income people living with HIV who are uninsured and underserved.

    Position Description:
    The Post-Doctoral Fellow chosen for this position will provide psychological consultation and psychotherapeutic intervention for patients within the EIP. They will provide evidence-based brief interventions (CBT, ACT and mindfulness-skills) with a variety of patients and family members who present to the EIP with psychiatric distress. Work in collaboration with, and provide consultation to, a multidisciplinary medical team (i.e., primary care, infectious disease, addictions medicine, psychiatry, medical case management, pharmacology, and nursing navigation).Participate in daily operations of the EIP mental health team; collaboratively work to maximize disposition efficiency for patients with psychological diagnosis; ensure intradepartmental mental health care is practiced in accordance with best medical practice for mental health challenges and emergencies; collaboratively work to institute appropriate changes to improve patient/employee/third party satisfaction with the EIP; review and revise billing procedures to potentially improve revenue cycles for the EIP; design and pilot research protocols and programs in order to contribute to the emergency services literature. Collaborate with all medical and psychological teams regularly to ensure patient needs are met. Ensure mental health emergency procedures meet JCAHO/CMS credentialing requirements and best care practices are followed, which includes providing any needed ongoing education for emergency department personnel.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Mental health services include regular (annual) assessment of patients and the provision of outpatient therapy.
    • Therapy is primarily administered in an individual modality, though there is the option of group therapies.

    Interested applicants, please email letter of interest, CV and at least one recommendation letter to Dr. Michael DeAngelo – Deangelo-michael@cooperhealth.edu

    Education, Experience, and Other Qualities:
    • Mandatory
      • Psy.D./Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
      • Must have completed an APA accredited Psychology Internship
      • Must have applied for or be prepared to apply for New Jersey permit
    • Other Preferred Qualities
      • Experience working in an acute hospital setting as well as experience with acute psychiatric conditions
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills
      • Ability to work independently and exercise sound clinical judgment
      • Ability to work in cooperation with multidisciplinary medical team
      • Strong organizational and management skills