Behavioral Scientist, Department of Family Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Mar 30, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Education, Healthcare
Full Time
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Behavioral Scientist, Department of Family Medicine - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Department of Family Medicine is comprised of a diverse group of faculty and staff working on a wide variety of teaching, research, primary care, and direct service programs in and around Washington, D.C. 

The Behavioral Scientist has a blend of responsibilities that includes a blend of curriculum development, teaching, clinical duties, research and administrative work.  The Behavioral Scientist is integral to the implementation and maintenance of behavioral health integration within the family residency longitudinal behavioral medicine curriculum in collaboration with residency faculty including: behavioral health rotation and longitudinal curricular design and evaluation.  S/he facilitates and implements behavioral health integration, including precepting, brief psychoeducation and intervention, individual and family psychotherapy, health and behavior coaching visits; and is responsible for observation and feedback for residents and students in inpatient and outpatient settings. The Behavioral Scientist works as part of an interprofessional team in a patient-centered medical home environment - including team based review of chronic disease panels, quality management initiatives, and patient outreach and retention - in research activities that include grant-related, medical student and resident education, patient care, resident and faculty wellness.  Reporting, dependent on activities, to the Residency Program Director, the Residency Program Medical Director, the Department Chair, and to the Principle Investigator, the Behavior Scientist has duties that include but are not limited to:

Clinical duties in the outpatient setting

  • Conducts diagnostic assessment; crisis assessment and intervention; psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups; and health and behavior coaching in individual and group visit formats.
  • Briefs psychoeducation and intervention as part of integrated care (add-on) visits.
  • Provides behavioral health “on the fly” consultation in the family medicine center settings, which may include inpatient, nursing home and home visits for geriatric patients.
  • Conducts all grant-related scholarly activities, clinical, administrative or teaching roles under the supervision of the Principle Investigator.

Curriculum/Teaching and Supervision

  • Develops and coordinates the longitudinal behavioral medicine curriculum, including behavioral health integration; and in collaboration with residency faculty, plans, organizes and coordinates the block Behavioral Health rotation for family medicine residents.
  • Provides behavioral health precepting in the family medicine center setting.
  • Oversees shadowing and video-feedback review with family medicine residents with a focus on teaching patient-centered communication skills and brief behavioral health interventions.
  • Facilitates resident wellness through establishing, coordinating and administering assessments, wellness activities, and connection of residents to support systems.
  • Provides periodic observation of inpatient team care to provide feedback to residents and attendings.


  • Conducts scholarly activity according to ACGME requirements, including practice-based and educational research activities with residents and faculty.
  • Collaborates with Medical Student Education Division faculty regarding student and resident research and the supervision of research assistants.


  • Works as part of an interprofessional team in a patient centered medical home environment, including team based review of chronic disease panels, quality management initiatives, and patient outreach and retention.
  • Participates on the Clinical Competency Committee in reviewing resident performance in family medicine milestone based competencies.
  • Participates with problem resolution and due process evaluations for residents in difficulty.
  • Participates in the selection of residents for appointment to the program.
  • Provides observation and oversight of behavioral health related Clinical Learning Environment Reviews (CLER) focus areas


  • Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW), Professional Counseling (PC), Marriage and Family Therapy (MDFT) - preference for Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology or a related field (PhD/PsyD)
  • Licensed, or eligible for licensure, as a Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or Licensed Clinical Marriage Family Therapist (LCM) in the state of Maryland and Washington, DC (Position requires District of Columbia and Maryland licensure within 90 days of signed offer letter, MD and DC licensure and credentialing required prior to start date)
  • Experience required providing psychological assessment and interventions to individuals and families across the lifespan
  • Experience required in qualitative and quantitative research

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EEO Statement:

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