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University of Utah Health Pain Psychologist - Pain Clinic, full-time in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


This full-time Psychologist in the University of Utah's Pain Management Center provides psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment services of a clinical nature through direct patient care and consultation for patients in an outpatient / ambulatory clinic.

Department Overview: The Pain Management Center is an outpatient clinic located south of the University of Utah Campus, in Research Park.

We treat the whole person, not just the pain, body part or symptom. Our program is designed to help a person with pain become part of the treatment team and take an active role in regaining control of his or her life in spite of the pain. Learn more about our Pain Clinic by following the link below:

Introduction to the Pain Management Center

Behavioral Medicine services at Pain Management Center are provided by licensed clinical psychologists. Pain Psychologists teach patients strategies to manage or cope with pain. We know pain is complex. Pain can change activity levels, goals, stress levels, relationships, and emotions.

Behavioral Medicine services start with an evaluation followed by recommendations for treatment. This may include individual and group treatment, as well as workshops.

Evidenced-based treatments we offer include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I); in context of chronic pain

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills training for chronic pain management

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health behavior change

Some common goals of Behavioral Medicine treatment include:

  • Improve understanding of how the brain and body process pain

  • Understand how stress impacts pain and learn strategies to reduce stress in the body

  • Understand role of thoughts in the experience of pain

  • Learn to identify and evaluate unhelpful thoughts about pain

  • Introduce ideas for living with pain without giving up on most important parts of life

  • Learn to set meaningful goals for pain management and quality of life

  • Learn ways of integrating mindfulness into daily life

  • Understand role of mindfulness in experience of chronic pain

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.

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• 99% of our employees were proud to tell people they work here!

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  • Evaluates patients to determine status.

  • Provides direct psychological services for hospital and/or Neuropsychiatric Institute patients.

  • Collaborates with University and community agencies and departments to provide psychological and social services through outreach and consultation programs.

  • Develops mental health programs of a remedial, developmental, and preventive nature.

  • Trains and supervises pre-doctoral psychology interns and practicum students.

  • Assists in directing or working within agency program and support areas, as assigned by director.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Program development and evaluation skills.

  • Outreach consultation skills.

  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.

  • Ability to provide patient care to patients and families resistant to treatment and delivering quality care within the constraints of managed care.


Qualifications Required

  • Ph.D or Psy.D. degree from an APA accredited graduate program in counseling, school or clinical psychology.

  • Completion of an APA-approved doctoral internship.

  • Current licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Utah.

  • One year experience in psychotherapy, group or family therapy within a clinical setting.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Experience with hospital- based psychological practices (inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and / or outpatient).

  • Experience with individual, family, and group psychotherapy; and a variety of assessment experiences including intellectual, neuropsychological, and affective/behavioral assessment.

  • Licensed for two years or more, and experience, training, or interest in providing clinical supervision to interns and residents.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those with psychiatric conditions.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

EEO Statement

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requisition Number 45591
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Mon to Fri
Location Name Off-Campus (Other)
Patient Care? Yes
State UT
Category Ambulatory

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.