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Specialty Counselor

  • Job ID: 727342296
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: HepatobiliaryLiverCancer
  • Location: 3471 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $19.41 to $32.25 / hour


The Center for Excellence in Behavioral Medicine's missions includes: promoting the integration of clinical services, training, and research, advancing research to facilitate the understanding of the association between psychological, social, behavioral, and biological factors that may influence disease and health, integrating assessment and treatment of behaviors and psychiatric symptoms, that have been demonstrated to increase morbidity and mortality into routine medical care, and offering interdisciplinary training opportunities across disciplines. 


This position will provide psychological analysis to all Starzl Transplant Institute transplant patients as well as oncology patients through the Liver Cancer Center. Position is responsible for clinical and psychological evaluation of patients and their families in collaboration with the medical care from their physicians.


  • Follows all departmental and hospital policies and procedures.
  • Develops initial treatment plan in order to facilitate disposition planning.
  • Facilitates the flow of information to promote effective communication regarding patient care including Medical Records functions on the weekends or as needed.
  • Handles responsibility of mental health delegate system including ability to screen requests, provides education regarding the process and ability to generate petition and follow-up.
  • Provides telephone assessments to patients, significant others, professional representatives in obtaining both relevant clinical information as well as registration information in order to provide appropriate disposition and referrals that serve the patient's needs, including outpatient referrals, emergency services or an outside agency referral.
  • Attends all mandatory in-service trainings, competency trainings, staff meetings and other activities as assigned by supervisor.
  • Triages patients towards an appropriate clinical disposition.
  • Maintains a professional appearance and behaviors that positively represent the hospital to patients, families and the community. Follows the hospital's dress code and consistently wears the hospital employee identification badge. Follows all hospital rules on conduct.
  • Provides assessments of patients and families in collaboration with attending psychologist and other staff within Starzl Transplant Institute.
  • Maintains confidentiality per hospital policies and procedures and does not inappropriately access or distribute any sensitive information or allow other to do so.
  • Understands and appropriately follows all safety and disaster policies including the proper reporting of all accidents, unsafe conditions and incidents.
  • Satisfactorily completes all assigned competencies.



  • Master's Degree required or PhD preferred in psychology, psychology nursing, social work, or related field.
  • Must be able to provide direct care to patients and their families.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) OR Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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