The Clinical Psychologist provides direct care to patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their families, and advice to medical staff regarding psychosocial issues that interfere with patients’ and family members’ ability to manage diabetes. A primary focus for the Clinical Psychologist is to work with Latino patients and their families, and to develop behavioral and psychological interventions focused on the Latino population.
Direct treatment of patients and families
- evaluates and diagnoses psychiatric and psychosocial problems
- chooses appropriate therapy
- recognizes potential effects of interventions
- actively refers patients to appropriate clinicians
- provides ongoing family support
Works in collegial fashion with other healthcare professionals
- provides a management plan for treatment
- consults with other healthcare providers for relevant treatment decisions
- shares appropriate care with other healthcare professionals
- attends and participates in clinical and educational conferences
- provides consultation to other medical professionals at Joslin Clinic
- satisfies departmental teaching obligations
Maintains excellent communication with administrative staff
- works constructively and collaboratively with the Chief of the Mental Health Unit and with the Medical Director of Latino Programs
- reports as needed to the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Operations
Participates in development activities
- presents lectures and other programs for physicians and other clinic staff
- participates in Joslin community activities such as lectures, health fairs, etc.
- develops innovative intervention programs for patients and their families
- designs and completes outcomes evaluation of programs
- presents in appropriate settings the results of all program development activities
Culturally oriented program development
- Within the structure of the Latino Diabetes Initiative, develops patient and provider education materials in the area of mental health and diabetes
- Integrates materials for patients and families that can be utilized on line to extend the reach of these educational interventions
- Contributes to developing professional education materials in the area of mental health and diabetes in the Latino population
- Participates in LDI educational and research projects as needed
- Ph.D. or Psy.D. Psychology
- Clinical experience working with Latino populations.
- Licensed psychologist (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in the State of Massachusetts.
- Familiarity with medical conditions, especially diabetes. Fluent in Spanish. Clinical experience working with Latino populations.