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Behavioral Scientist


UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seeking a regular full-time Behavioral Scientist to teach and care for patients in our Family Health Centers. We have strong integrated behavioral health services with on-site Behavioral health clinicians (LCSW, LPC)and a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. We utilize a collaborative care model that also includes PharmD’s and social workers. Our residency graduates are highly skilled at working in multidisciplinary teams. We are a well-established, 44-resident program with a passionate and experienced faculty. We offer fellowships in faculty development, geriatrics, and sports medicine. UPMC St. Margaret is a Magnet community hospital with Family Medicine as the dominant primary care specialty and an affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. We offer an attractive compensation package and the opportunity to live and work in a lively, culturally active city that is experiencing a health care and technology-based revival with Carnegie-Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh and Google leading the way. 

In particular, we are looking for a faculty member with: 

  • Strong leadership abilities.
  • Clinical expertise in the field of social work, psychology, and counseling (State Licensure required) 
  •  Ability to teach behavioral science concepts to medical residents in a creative and engaging manner 
  • Dedication to caring for a medically underserved population and to teaching/role modeling for interprofessional learners.  We are very committed to increasing diversity among our faculty.  

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  • Supervises and trains Interns and Resident physicians in the treatment of their patients and families with psychosocial difficulties.
  • Conducts the following activities in direct work with patients: - Manages the therapeutic treatment of patients with psychosocial difficulties. - Completes information on patient medical charts pertaining to therapeutic treatment of patients and consultation with Interns and Residents.
  • Responsible for development and continues upgrading of a comprehensive evaluation system to include: - Intern and Resident physicians performance on clinical rotations - Program Faculty performance- Physicians performance in teaching Interns and Residents- Graduates' evaluation of the residency program- Weekly conferences presented to interns and residents
  • Manages and coordinates the training of medical students, physician assistant students, and undergraduate Pre-Med. majors
  • Prepares Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry curriculum to meet the educational needs of physicians at their respective levels during their tenure in the program. Works in conjunction with the Director as well as other staff to assure that this curriculum meets the identified needs of the residents and their program. Maintains communication of activities to other supervisory personnel. Prepares other curriculum as requested by the Director.
  • In conjunction with other Faculty, supervises physicians during their three years of training.
  • Supervises the implementation and evaluation of orientation for first-year Intern and Resident physicians.
  • Upgrades and improves teaching techniques utilized in the field of Behavioral Science so as to afford Interns and Residents with a current, as well as a comprehensive, approach to the subject.
  • Acts as facilitator/mediator for interpersonal communications for all Interns and Residents, administrative staff, and Faculty.
  • Coordinates activities with the Mental Health Department and Social Services Department in order to integrate and contribute to interns and residents' participation in the Behavioral Sciences. In addition, serves as liaison between residency program and these departments, as well as appropriate community, health, educational, legal, and social organizations.
  • On a regular basis, attends and participates in meetings with the following individuals in order to implement new program policies, plan future goals and programming, and to review program functioning: 1) The Program Director; 2) Associate and Assistant Directors; 3) Administrative Director; and 4) Chief Resident.
  • Serves as consultant referral source and provides appropriate therapeutic treatment for Intern and Resident Physicians and their families experiencing emotional difficulties or otherwise seen as impaired.
  • Prepares and presents public relations and educational lectures regarding the residency program to special populations, as requested.
  • Plans, supervises, and evaluates special projects as assigned by the Program Director. Advises Intern and Resident physicians as to various federal, state, and local legislation involving their practice of Medicine that is encompassed in the area of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Assists Program Director with grant writing and supervision of specific grant areas as assigned and as requested.


  • Must hold a Masters' Degree in Social Work or Counseling or Psychology, or Doctor of Psychology, or one of the Behavioral Sciences or related fields. 
  • Must hold a valid license with the Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 
  • Two years' experience in the field of Behavioral Science in a residency program or other medical setting. 
  • Membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers or similar organization. 
  • Able to integrate a vast knowledge of treatment approaches, sociological, cultural factors, cognitive and behavioral reasons for human interaction into the aspect of medical care. 
  • In-depth knowledge as to the therapeutic treatment of families and individuals. Knowledge, understanding, and the ability to utilize the network of community resources. 
  • Skills in understanding and writing curriculum goals and objectives. 
  • Strong supervisory, management, and teaching skills. 
  • Ability to communicate ideas and policies orally and in writing. 
  • Grant writing skills; knowledge of Federal guidelines for submission of grants.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33
  • Act 34
  • Act 73

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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