The Assistant Director for Behavioral Science Residency Development and Core Faculty

Facility: St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus 
Address: 801 Ostrum Street 
Bethlehem, PA 18015 
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The Assistant Director for Behavioral Science Residency Development and Core Faculty

St. Luke’s University Health Network is seeking an experienced, passionate Assistant Director for Behavioral Science Residency Development to join our dedicated team of physicians and staff. St. Luke’s has been recently ranked as the #1 teaching hospital in the nation, a recipient of the prestigious 15 Top Health System award as well as recognized as a 100 Top Hospital for the ninth time by Watson Health.


The Assistant Director for Behavioral Science Residency Development will focus on the educational and developmental needs of residents and faculty.  As a member of the core faculty team, it is necessary that he/she has a well-developed understanding of the philosophy of Family Medicine and the role of the family physician. Advanced individual and group counseling skills are required as are skills and experience in teaching and observation of the doctor/patient interaction and skill in using community resources.  This position requires a doctor’s degree in social work, psychology or related field. Preferred candidate will be a licensed clinical social work (LCSW) and/or licensed clinical psychologist.



Academic Responsibilities

  1. Develops and implements the behavioral science curriculum and through this maintains clinical expertise in behavioral science.
    • Supervises the Family Practice Psychosocial Teaching Program and Rotation including observations and demonstrations of mental health assessments, instruct residents with making appropriate referrals, etc.
    • Coordinates and supervises the psychiatry rotation and coordinates the Family Life Elective primarily to satisfy maternity and paternity requirements of electives.
    • Provides major teaching emphasis on interpersonal relationships, counseling and psychosocial assessment.
    • Develops and implements curriculum for psychosocial longitudinal experience as well as the block rotation in community medicine.
    • In addition, coordinates and provides teaching expertise to the weekly psychosocial conference and maintains a regular and viable presence within the family practice office, establishing relationships with the nursing staff to assure efficient operation of the behavioral sciences program.
    • Practices in appropriate chart audit and quality assurance program with regard to psychosocial and nutritional cases.
  2. Counsels residents in professional and personal areas of psychosocial needs.
  3. Leads and facilitates the Resident Wellness/Balint Group. Responsible to ensure that ACGME Guidelines for resident wellness are implemented.
  4. Meets individually with each resident to complete the objectives listed in the Behavioral Science (BS) sub-curriculum.
  5. Assists residents with preparing for their BS presentation including assisting with topic development, applicability to Family Medicine, and evaluation.
  6. Prepare and teach lectures on various BS topics (e.g. DNR, depression screening, stress/fatigue, psychiatrics diagnosis, CBT, nonspecific therapeutic communication and counseling, etc).
  7. Collaborates with other Assistant Director for Behavioral Sciences on FM Collaborative faculty and resident development programs.
  8. Participates and coordinates the education and training of interpersonal and communication skills for medical faculty involved in precepting.
  9. Acts as a clinical consultant to the office staff and nurses as well as to the clinical faculty.
  10. Participate in Resident Recruitment and Selection.
  11. Maintains expertise in Stress Reduction and Pain Management techniques and implements Stress Reduction Clinic when needed.
  12. Engage in Scholarly activity.
  13. Membership in Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Clinical Duties

  1. Maintains a small clinical practice (1-2 days/week total) to keep up to date on skills
  2. See patients at Bethlehem and Anderson residency practices with and without residents
  3. Provides behavioral medicine support services to affiliated practices (TBD)


Administrative Responsibilities

  1. Conduct annual orientation activities for incoming first year residents.
  2. Attend faculty meetings and participate in administrative decision making
  3. Attend and contribute to resident evaluation meetings
  4. Participate in resident recruitment by interviewing and assessing applicants to the program.
  5. Other duties assigned by Family Practice Residency Program Director.
  6. Schedules PGY2/3 rotations to affiliated practices as part of St Luke’s RETAINS program.


Network Job Requirements

  1. Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as well as the proper release of information.
  2. Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.
  3. Demonstrates/models the Network’s Service Excellence Standards of Performance in interactions with all customers (internal and external).
  4. Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and Safety.
  5. Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.
  6. Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding attendance and dress code. Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated.
  7. Other related duties as assigned.



Sitting for up to 6 hours per day, 2 hours at a time. Standing for up to 2 hours a day, 1 hour at a time. Continuous use of fingers and hands to manipulate objects. Occasional twisting and turning. Uses upper extremities for occasional lifting and carrying of up to 10lbs. Frequently stoops, bends, or reaches above shoulder level to retrieve files. Hearing as it relates to normal conversation and high/low frequencies. Seeing as it relates to general near and far vision. Visual monotony when reading reports and reviewing computer screens.



Identified Risks, None Identified and/or Fit Tested Statement Which States That:

Employees who work in patient care areas where they may have potential exposure to patients with suspected or proven tuberculosis (TB) must have the ability to wear a particulate respirator and be fit-tested in compliance with the current recommendations from the CDC (enforced by OSHA) or must provide physician documentation as to the inability to wear a particulate respirator.


Follow MSDS and OSHA precautions for exposure to biological and chemical hazards (Category 1)


Reports directly to the Director of the Family Practice Residency Program


Daily contact with physicians, nurses, family members, hospital personnel, and other professional contacts, law enforcement, officers and the media.



Position requires a doctor’s degree in social work, psychology or related field. Preferred candidate will be a licensed clinical social work (LCSW) and/or licensed clinical psychologist.

Training and Experience

The activities of the Assistant Director for Behavioral Science and Resident Development will focus on the needs of the resident physicians; teaching programs will be geared for their learning objectives; clinical encounters will be responsive to their professional and personal issues. As a member of the faculty, it is necessary that he/she have a well-developed understanding of the philosophy of Family Medicine and the role of the family physician.  Advanced individual and group counseling skills are required as are skills and experience in teaching and observation of the doctor/patient interaction and skill in using community resources. Provides behavioral medicine support services to affiliated practices.

Minimum of 5 years of applicable experience preferred



Primarily day shift, Monday-Friday, however flexibility required for days of the week and times of the day needed to meet the needs of the department. 


The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


About St. Luke's University Hospital

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 hospitals and 300+ outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. 

Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 347 residents and fellows. 

St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  In 2020, two of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health eight times total and six years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. 

Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.

About the Lehigh Valley

Set amid gentle hills and charming country sides, Lehigh Valley, PA is home to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, as well as dozens of small towns and picturesque boroughs, parks, trails, and waterways. Steeped in pre-Colonial, Early American, and industrial history, the region’s storied past became its uplifting present, bestowing visitors anything from crayons and craft beer to Martin Guitars and museums, covered bridges, and nationally-recognized events like Musikfest and Christkindlmarkt.

The Lehigh Valley is in close proximity to NYC, Philly, DC and the Jersey Shore. Outstanding higher education facilities include Lehigh University and Moravian College. Cost of living is low and coupled with minimal congestion; choose among a variety of charming urban, semi-urban and rural communities your family will enjoy calling home. There is easy access to outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, white water rafting, and zip lining. The Lehigh Valley encompasses three unique cities in one suburban area. For more information please visit



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Phone: 484-526-6182
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