Behavioral Health Specialist, Weight Loss Center, Department of Psychiatry

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to over 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 332,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, nine straight years of record enrollment, global leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.

Job Overview

As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (COM) has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients. In partnership with the UC Health academic healthcare system and Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, College of Medicines doctors are transforming the world of medicine every day. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is a top-tier department with world-renowned faculty and staff. With world-class research, teaching, and medical practice opportunities, why not choose the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine?


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is dedicated to high quality medical student and resident education, excellence in patient care, and advancing the science in psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences through clinical trials and ongoing collaborative research. The department supports clinical care and career development in multiple disciplines.


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is recruiting a full-time Behavioral Health Specialist to join our team supporting UC Healths multispecialty Weight Loss Center.  Our behavioral health team focuses on the psychological assessment and behavioral treatment of patients seeking weight loss treatment, including bariatric surgery, endoscopic interventions, weight loss medications, and lifestyle intervention.  The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated interest and experience in providing evidence-based psychological care in a multidisciplinary weight management team.  The UC Health Weight Loss Center is a fast paced, intellectually stimulating, innovative and environment in which providers and staff provide great support for each other. 


Academic rank, if qualified, will be granted commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions

  • 100% (1.00 FTE) clinical position. 
  • Responsible for all behavioral health programming for UCH Weight Loss Center at West Chester Hospital, UCH Medical Center and in UCH Transplant-Related Interdisciplinary Metabolic Surgery (TRIMS) in the Transplant Division, Department of Surgery.
  • Directs development of clinical protocols, monitoring outcomes, supervision of clinical providers, coordination of care with outside mental health providers and ensuring quality of care, patient satisfaction and adherence to requirements of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Center of Excellence requirements.
  • Provides psychological assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment and related psychological services. to persons with obesity in medical, surgical and transplant programs including:
    • pre-surgical psychosocial assessments;
    • post-surgical assessment and brief health and behavioral intervention and/or cognitive behavioral therapy in group or individual format as indicated;
    • evaluation and brief health and behavioral intervention and/or cognitive behavioral therapy for medical (non-surgical) weight loss patients;
    • cognitive behavioral therapy in individual and group format for patients with binge eating disorder or related disordered eating behavior.
    • Provides clinical supervision for behavioral health providers in Bariatrics.  
    • Supervise (if applicable) the application of psychological procedures and techniques in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating psychological disorders.
  • Function as a member of interdisciplinary treatment team. including consultation/attendance at clinical case conference, a twice monthly meeting for interdisciplinary review & treatment planning for all surgical cases in progress. 

Required Education

Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Clinical Counseling or related degree.  PhD or PsyD is ideal.

Required Trainings/Certifications

Independently licensed or license eligible in respective discipline in the State of Ohio.

Required Experience

  • 2-3 years clinical work in obesity/bariatrics in past five years
  • Basic knowledge of weight loss medications and surgical procedures including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and duodenal switch
  • Membership in American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and/or The Obesity Medicine Association
  • ASMBS Fundamentals in Bariatric Behavioral Health course or attendance at three ASMBS or related courses

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Peer reviewed publications & invited presentations related to obesity/bariatrics
  • Demonstrated knowledge of obesity as a disease state and commitment to obesity sensitivity practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and a commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Good interpersonal skills, team oriented and desire to collaborate in a multidisciplinary setting.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Office environment / bariatric wheelchairs and furniture/ no other specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


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The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 95270


Behavioral Health Specialist, Weight Loss Center, Department of Psychiatry

Date:  May 17, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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