Behavioral Psychologist - Developmental Disorders

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  • Westbrook, ME
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Behavioral Health
  • Req #: 127004
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The Developmental Disorders Unit at Spring Harbor Hospital is one of only a few specialized psychiatry units in the country that exclusively serve children behavioral challenges and neurodevelopmental disorders/developmental delays. We admit youth 5-20 years old for an average 40 day stay. Approximately 75% of our patients have Autism Spectrum Disorder and 50% are minimally verbal. We are a treatment, research, and training center which seeks to apply rigorous behavioral treatment, informed by multiple other disciplines, and advance the field.

Position Summary

The Behavioral Psychologist works as an integral member of the multidisciplinary treatment team serving patients on the inpatient Developmental Disorders Unit (DDU) at Spring Harbor Hospital.  The DDU serves children and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, with a primary focus on the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors (e.g., aggression, self-injury) and mental health needs.  The Behavioral Psychologist is responsible for designing and implementing functional behavior assessments, developing specific treatment protocols and positive behavior support plans, and managing data collection and analysis.  The Behavioral Psychologist is actively involved in providing staff training and parent/caregiver training, and is expected to provide supervision to staff who are pursuing board certification in behavior analysis (BCBA).   This position involves a high degree of collaboration working within a multidisciplinary team including psychologists, behavior analysts, psychiatrists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and educational and behavioral technicians.    

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities         

  • Licensed (or license-eligible) as a psychologist in Maine
  • Credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
  • 2+ years of post-certification behavior analytic experience required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to frequent change and work successfully in a fast paced hospital environment
  • DOE fingerprinting required

Essential Functions

Team Participation

  • Work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary treatment team including psychologists, behavior analysts, psychiatrists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and educational and behavioral technicians
  • Work effectively with the team to implement the program’s mission
  • Demonstrate respectful communication in both listening and sharing ideas
  • Serve as a role model in demonstrating compassion, professionalism, and core values, including adherence to policies and procedures

Assessment and Treatment Planning

  • Design and implement functional behavior assessments
  • Develop and implement behavioral assessment and treatment protocols
  • Coordinate data collection and analysis
  • Use assessment data to formulate behavioral conceptualizations, to communicate these hypotheses with others, and to develop individualized positive behavior support plans
  • Develop goals and interventions that adhere to regulatory guidelines (e.g. CMS, DOE)


  • Provide and revise treatment which is directed toward the achievement of optimum patient/student function
  • Support the treatment team in utilizing behavioral data to make clinical decisions
  • Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to patients’/students’ and family members’ unique needs by communicating and interacting in a manner which best ensures their understanding and participation
  • Actively participate in transition planning; coordinate information related to behavior analytic needs and services with the sending and receiving therapeutic teams, schools, and/or agencies
  • Document treatment services provided, adhering to regulatory requirements
  • Maintain medical records in accordance with hospital policy

Training and Supervision

  • Provide training (modeling, coaching, consultation) to direct care staff and caregivers regarding implementation of positive behavior support plansscore: N/A
  • Conduct in-services on relevant topics as requested by program leadership
  • Provide supervision to staff working toward board certification in behavior analysis

Quality Improvement

  • Actively participate in Operational Excellence by assisting in the development of team key performance indicators, assisting in data collection and problem-solving to improve quality and outcomes, and participating in departmental Gemba presentations

We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave, retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.

MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 19,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.

With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.


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