Psychologist Heart Centre

Work Area: 
Adult Congenital Heart Program
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Regular Part Time
Job Category: 
Acute Care Hospital
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

We want you to be a part of the future of healthcare in British Columbia. We are seeking passionate Psy.D. or Ph.D. Psychologists to join our mental health team across Providence sites in Vancouver. These roles are integral in supporting our mental health program’s evaluation process, assessments treatments and referrals to ensure the best care for patients. Psychologists are highly valued team members in our health care organization and given autonomy in their care provision. There are opportunities to participate in program development, supervise pre-doctoral psychology residents and practicum students, and to do research. New Ph.D. or Psy.D psychology graduates are encouraged to apply; while you will be expected to apply for registration with CPBC by the first year of employment, you will receive support and supervision from experienced psychologists that can help you prepare for the registration process. The Psychology group at PHC is tight knit and supportive of each other; we have monthly psychology meetings and journal club, and we provide informal support and peer consultation for each other. If you are looking to start a new chapter in your career, apply today and consider joining our team!

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.
Come and join a bright, innovative, multidisciplinary team offering cutting-edge treatments for adults with congenital heart disease. The psychologist will have the opportunity to work closely with many disciplines to improve patients’ lives. Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma are common among these patients, and they can have a deleterious impact on self-care and cardiac health. The psychologist plays a crucial role in addressing these problems, which in turn helps to improve overall health and quality of life. Most of the psychologists’ caseload will be outpatients, with a small amount of inpatient consultation. The psychologist will also have an opportunity to be involved in clinical research and program development. The psychologist plays a deeply appreciated role on the team, and there is flexibility regarding virtual vs. on-site work. Supervision of PhD residents and other teaching opportunities are also available. There is a welcoming, vibrant group of psychologists at PHC who meet regularly for book clubs, supervision competency development and team meetings. For more information about this position please contact Dr. Theo Elfers, R. Psych the PHC practice leader for psychology at

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.