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Psychologist (PhD, PsyD) - Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

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Institute of Living


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
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The Institute of Living, one of the first mental health centers in the U.S., remains one of America’s leading not-for-profit centers for patient care, research and education in the fields of behavioral, psychiatric and addiction disorder. Through our dedicated, experienced and skilled clinicians, we provide patients and their families with the highest quality of personalized care. Programs are offered for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental illness as well as offering services specializing in Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Geriatric Services.

Program Summery

The Division of Health Psychology at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is pleased to announce a position opening for a full-time psychologist in the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. The position reflects a collaboration between the Neuroscience Institute and the Behavioral Health Network, which includes six hubs throughout the state. The psychologist will have the opportunity to work with individuals dealing with an array of neurological disorders, with an emphasis on supporting patients with epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), but may also include other patient populations as well (e.g., stroke, head injury, etc.). 

Job Summary
This is a very collaborative position, closely connected to the Neuroscience Institute providers, all of whom are aligned in the core mission of optimizing quality of life for people with neurological disorders, which often lead to secondary issues such as mood and anxiety disorders, disempowerment, PTSD, or other psychosocial sequelae. Providing services to patients in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center will be a core element of the position, but opportunities for working with other patient populations exist, depending on the interests of the candidate. Specific experience with epilepsy and/or nonepileptic seizures is not required – rather, we are a seeking a clinician with a strong foundation in the field of health psychology who can apply those skills to patients living with epilepsy (or functional seizure disorder) and other neurological disorders. The psychologist will work closely with a psychiatrist and a social worker to craft a strong program to support the behavioral health of our population, and combat the biological and social barriers they often face. In addition, the psychologist is considered an integral part of the Neuroscience Institute, maintaining an office in the clinic and regularly attending multi-disciplinary faculty and clinical meetings (e.g., refractory epilepsy conference). Opportunities exist for program development, training, and research participation as well. Additional elements for this role include coordination of care with Social Work to identify community psychiatric and social services resources, connecting patients with primary and specialty care providers, educating other providers about relevant neurological conditions, and assisting patients in staying connected with community and state resources, school or vocational rehabilitation, volunteer opportunities, support groups, and other community supports.

A synopsis of duties includes:
• Providing behavioral health services to adults, including diagnostic assessment and evaluation of treatment needs of medical patients on site, collaboration and consultation with medical providers, brief and evidence-based treatments for behavioral and mental health issues,
• Effective utilization of screening measures and assessment tools,
• Data management including tracking symptoms and treatment outcomes,
• Participating in program development,
• Developing and implementing psychoeducational materials for use in the medical setting,
• Participating in team meetings, case management and coordination, outreach and communication with outside providers,
• Independent maintenance of treatment records


• Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD.) or Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from an APA accredited institution
• One year APA approved internship in Clinical Psychology
• Licensed to practice Psychology in the State of Connecticut
• Training and experience in clinical health psychology, integrated primary care or other medical settings
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Self-directed and capable of working independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
• Spanish language proficiency a plus

We take great care of careers.

As a Hartford Healthcare entity, The Hartford Hospital Institute of Living provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working in a thriving centrally located urban community:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs
  • Historic park-like grounds designed by Frederick Law Ohlmsted
  • Individual offices for full time clinicians

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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