Psychologist, Cardiac

Work Area: 
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Temporary Part Time
End Date: 
Aug 19, 2022
Job Category: 
Acute Care Hospital


Reporting to the Program Director, Heart Centre, and under the clinical direction of the Professional Practice Leader, the Pacific Adult Congenital Heart (PACH) Psychologist is in charge of psychological services for the PACH Program at the St. Paul’s Hospital site, part of the Heart Centre. The PACH Psychologist works within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with the established standards of professional practice of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and within the vision and values of the Providence Health Care organization. The PACH Psychologist is responsible for the development, management and provision of psychology services within PACH Program; these include conducting psychosocial assessments, providing individual and group therapy to clients and their families, and linking clients to services in their home communities. In addition, the PACH Psychologist designs and participates in research activities related to the psychological aspects of heart disease, participates in program planning and evaluation, and supervises Masters and PhD level Clinical Psychology Students. Psychological services are provided to both inpatients and outpatients.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an accredited University, plus one year supervised internship. Two (2) years recent related experience in a medical setting delivering a broad range of psychological services (including preliminary neuro-cognitive assessments) as a member of a collaborative interdisciplinary team. Requires a research background and ability to design and implement research projects. Must be registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.


Coordinates the development, management and provision of psychology services within the PACH Program through methods such as analyzing treatment needs and establishing and maintaining policies, procedures and guidelines. Participates in the short and long-term planning for the PACH Program through methods such as evaluating the effectiveness of treatment within these programs, identifying opportunities for change and formulating recommendations for quality improvement to ensure optimal outcomes are met.

Assists in the development and maintenance of psychological screening methods such that patients and families who are in psychological distress are appropriately identified and referred for full psychological assessment and treatment, when appropriate. In addition, the PACH Psychologist provides training and support to members of the interdisciplinary team in the use of these screening methods. Once referred for psychological services, the PACH Psychologist completes psychological assessments through methods such as reviewing client history, gathering information from the referral source/client/other relevant persons, interviewing clients, conducting or supervising testing and developing/determining most effective methods of treatment to improve client health status. Treatment may take the form of individual and/or group therapy. When applicable, these assessments result in multiaxial diagnoses based on the DSM-IV categories, and treatment recommendations reflecting evidence based psychological practice.


The PACH Psychologist meets regularly with members of the interdisciplinary team, to develop an accurate conceptualization, to convey clients’ psychological needs when preparing and recovering from cardiac interventions, and to provide feedback about treatment progress.