Children's Mercy KC

Pediatric Pain Psychologist

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 6 months ago(4/7/2021 12:28 PM)
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Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Children’s Mercy, we believe in making a difference in the lives of all children and shining a light of hope to the patients and families we serve. Our employees make the difference, which is why we have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top pediatric hospital, for eleven consecutive years.


Children’s Mercy is in the heart of Kansas City – a metro abounding in cultural experiences, vibrant communities and thriving businesses. This is where our patients and families live, work and play. This is a community that has embraced our hospital and we strive to say thanks by giving back. As a leader in children’s health, we engage in meaningful programs and partnerships throughout the region so that we can improve the lives of children beyond the walls of our hospital.




The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Pain Management Program, is recruiting a pediatric pain psychologist. The psychologist’s role will primarily include 1) providing consultation and follow-up care in an outpatient interdisciplinary pain clinic, and 2) providing individual and group therapy for adolescents during participation in our pediatric intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment program (the “RAPS” program). The psychologist will be part of a close-knit interdisciplinary team, with frequent communication and opportunities to provide team support.


This position will primarily support the clinical activities of Children Mercy’s expanding pain management service. This includes teaching and supervising in the hospital’s pediatric medical residency, psychology fellowship, APA-accredited psychology internship, and/or psychology practicum programs. There are additional opportunities to participate in ongoing research and to pursue new research endeavors in the pain program and Comprehensive Pain Management more broadly. The position carries an academic appointment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, with rank commensurate to qualifications and experience.


Applicants must have:

1) A PhD (or equivalent) in clinical psychology, pediatric psychology, or child clinical psychology

2) Completed an APA-approved internship

3) Experience working on multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary teams

4) Experience working with adolescents and families facing complex biopsychosocial conditions such as chronic pain

5) Eligibility for licensure in Missouri and Kansas


Preferred qualities:

1) Fellowship level training in pediatric psychology including evaluation and treatment of chronic pain

2) Experience with intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment

3) Interest in, or experience with, acceptance-based treatment approaches, mindfulness, and self-compassion (as these are foundational to our intensive treatment approach)


The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package.  The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health at Children’s Mercy offers a dynamic and collegial work environment and Kansas City offers an excellent quality of life.  Our division includes 41 psychologists, 8 developmental pediatricians, 7 child and adolescent psychiatrists, and other allied health professionals who work together to provide outstanding mental and behavioral health care to youth in our region and beyond.  Psychologists in the Section of Pediatric Psychology work closely with medical subspecialties to meet the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents with acute or chronic health conditions, and many enjoy leadership roles across the hospital. 


The successful applicant must share our unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity, collegiality, antiracism, and respect for inclusion of individuals with diverse backgrounds.


Please apply online with a cover letter and your CV:


For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Johnson, PhD, ABPP

Chief, Section of Pediatric Psychology

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health
(816) 234-3674


The Rehabilitation for Amplified Pain Syndromes (RAPS) program provides intensive interdisciplinary pediatric pain treatment for adolescents severely disabled by chronic pain. In addition to psychologists, our team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, music and art therapists, massage therapists, and a yoga teacher. Patients come from across the United States and internationally, and our team is passionate about treating these teens and helping their families. Find out more at:


Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 366-bed pediatric health system, providing half a million patient encounters each year for children from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in all 10 specialties, and as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals”. We have received Magnet® recognition five times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our medical staff of more than 750 pediatric specialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. The Children’s Mercy Research Institute recently completed construction on a new 9 story research building that includes wet and dry labs. For more information about Children’s Mercy Kansas City and about Kansas City itself, visit


Kansas City is a thriving cultural and economic city with more than 2 million residents. Our city’s long list of attractions includes world class museums, a vibrant arts scene, professional sports, superb shopping, great jazz clubs, and the best places to enjoy barbeque!  The city offers low cost-of-living, excellent commute times, and a vibrant downtown, eight-block dining, entertainment and shopping district.  Kansas City offers excellent opportunities for both public and private school venues and is home to several colleges and universities. It’s a community with a heart – friendly, easy-going and forward-thinking – a great place to live and pursue a career



- Provides quality clinical care to patients.
- Provides education to psychologists, students, trainees and allied health professionals.
- Participates in scholarly activities that contribute to mental health knowledge.
- Participates in administrative activities and promotes fiscal responsibility


EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Children’s Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.


Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.



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