The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist in the role of Health Behavior Coordinator at
the Fargo VA Medical Center. Primary duties include providing specific training and
consultation to facilitate effective health behavior coaching (i.e., healthy lifestyle coaching to
support patient self-management) with a focus on building and maintaining competencies in
this area. In collaboration with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager
(HDPD-PM), the psychologist will contribute to the training of Primary Care staff and
others in evidence-based methodologies to effectively communicate with, motivate, coach,
and support patients in being aware of relevant health risks, clarifying personal goals for
health promotion and disease prevention change, and maintaining these healthy behaviors
(e.g., weight loss and maintenance, tobacco use cessation, managing stress related to chronic
medical conditions). The psychologist also serves as the lead clinician in tobacco use
cessation and contributes to behavioral health programs including weight management as
well as tinnitus management. The Health Behavior Coordinator will also be required to
perform specialty health psychology assessment/intervention (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery and
organ transplant evaluations) as well as supervise interns, residents, and practicum students.
It is necessary for this psychologist to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills
essential to train staff and treat veterans served by the Fargo VAHCS.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.