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WVU School of Medicine- Clinical Health Psychology Residency- Bariatrics

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West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, West Virginia

Starts on Monday, August 1, 2022

Applications due Wednesday, December 15, 2021

West Virginia University School of Medicine: Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Residency- Bariatrics

The Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine offers and one or two-year fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology, with an emphasis in Bariatrics.  One resident physician is offered each year, with the option of a 2nd year pending agreement between the resident and fellowship director, Stephanie Cox, PhD ABPP.

The primary mentor/ bariatric supervisor is Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP. The program has a second Bariatric Psychologist, Laura Aylward, PhD, who may also provide some educational experiences.

Description of the Training Program

The Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Residency - Bariatrics has been designed to provide trainees with expertise and clinically relevant experience within the field of health psychology, with an emphasis on training relevant to obesity and bariatric surgery.  The goal of the postdoctoral residency program is to prepare the trainee for independent practice as a psychologist working within the field of Obesity Medicine/ Bariatrics. The resident will become familiar with treatment options for obesity including nutritional, behavioral, pharmacological, and surgical modalities.  Additionally, the resident will become knowledgeable regarding the common comorbidities of obesity.

To this end, the core rotation of the postdoctoral residency program includes participation in WVU's multidisciplinary bariatric surgery program.  As part of this rotation, the resident receives in-depth training and supervision related to the provision of comprehensive pre-surgical psychological evaluations and treatment to patient's both pre and post-surgically. The fellow will also receive training related to clinical care for patients across the continuum of care (behavioral weight loss, medical weight management, and bariatric surgery program).  Additional rotations within the bariatric surgery program will be assigned throughout the year in order to gain an understanding of the various components of the program, (i.e., rotation in medical weight management, surgical clinic, observation of nutrition courses).  The trainee becomes an integral member the multi-disciplinary team and also participates in leading support group 4 times per year. 

In addition, the resident will receive educational experiences to complement knowledge of obesity and related comorbidities.  The trainee may participate in additional rotations within the West Virginia University Medicine system including rotations with diabetes clinic, pulmonology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, etc. (depending on availability). 

Four days per week are spent in clinical services, with a half-day per week for these external rotations within the WVU system, and a half day for research or EPPP/ Licensure preparation. The trainee will become involved ongoing grant projects and QI initiatives. 

The fellow also serves as a supervisor for psychology interns and practicum students as part of a vertical training model, as part of our APA- Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship program. 

Additional Information

Agency Type
Medical School/Health Science Center
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Health Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Health Psychology
Other Emphasis
Bariatric Surgery
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Virtual Interviews
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
Date offers will be made to applicants
Wednesday, December 15 2021
Created Date
Friday, January 19 2018
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
Study materials for EPPP are provided and fees are paid by the department. Health insurance is available for family or single at a reasonable rate. The Resident receives a minimum of $500 a year for conference expenses. Vacation, sick leave, and professional leave are standard.
Research opportunities
The resident is expected to become involved in ongoing research or generate new research projects. A research contract is developed for each project at the beginning of the training year with specific goals and timelines. At the end of the year, the resident will present findings to the faculty and submit the work for presentation/publication. One ½ day per week is allocated for protected research time.
Application Instructions
Application Due Date: December 15, 2021 The program follows rolling admissions. The program accepts applications at any time until the due date of December 15th. Applications will continued to be accepted until the position is filled. The position may be offered to an applicant early/ prior to the Uniform Notification Date if an excellent candidate is identified. For this reason, submitting applications as soon as possible, and no later than December 15, is strongly encouraged. To apply, submit a CV and Cover Letter to Stephanie Cox, PhD, ABPP. scox@hsc.wvu.edu. Letters of recommendation or additional materials are not required. Interviews will be conducted virtually.

This record was last updated on Friday, August 13, 2021

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