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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Pain 

Management and Research |2019-2020


Boston PainCare Center
85 First Ave, Waltham, MA 02451

Chief Psychologist:
Kelly M. Wawrzyniak, PsyD
Director of Training: Kelly M. Wawrzyniak, PsyD

Contact: Kelly M. Wawrzyniak, Psy.D.
Telephone: 781-895-7975

Application Deadline: Open
Application Review: Open
Number of Positions: 1
Interviews Begin: Rolling
Stipend: $40,000/year
Number of Hours/Week: full time, weekdays
Fellowship Begins: August 1, 2019 (flexible)
Fellowship Term: 12 months
Applicants each Year: 5
Benefits: Medical and Dental Insurance, 15 days PTO, opportunity to attend conferences
Number of Licensed Psychologists: 2
Does the Program hire former/current Fellows: Yes

Duties of the Fellow:

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Pain Management and Research

Boston Pain Care is an integrated, interdisciplinary medical home for the treatment of chronic pain. The center evaluates approximately 1,000 new patients annually, treating a multitude of chronic pain conditions such as spinal disease, facial pain/headaches, arthritic disease, and neuromuscular disorders. The Center’s staff includes specialists in anesthesiology, neurology, physiatry, behavioral medicine, sleep medicine, chiropractic medicine and functional rehabilitation/physical therapy. The diversity in staffing allows the center to provide for the entirety of a patient’s pain care needs, giving patients access to the most comprehensive medical, behavioral, functional and sleep assessments and treatments available. The center’s mission is to improve our patients’ quality of life through treatment efforts targeted to improve overall function. Key to achieving this goal is the use of both functional and behavioral health interventions designed to decrease maladaptive and avoidant behaviors while fostering the development of independence and self-reliance in the management of their pain condition.   


Behavioral health plays a role throughout the Center, including:

  • conducting psychosocial pain evaluations
  • conducting risk stratification evaluations for chronic opioid therapy and neuromodulation trials
  • making recommendations for patients’ treatment plan
  • evaluating symptoms associated with psychiatric co-morbidities and triaging patients accordingly
  • communicating with colleagues across disciplines
  • delivering time-limited, evidence-based interventions


The fellow will spend about 30 hours/week in direct clinical contact with patients.  Approximately 30% of clinical work will be evaluations, with the remainder of clinical time being both individual and group interventions with patients.  The fellow will spend about 10 hours/week in research and writing activities in collaboration with either MGH Pain Center or Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center under direction of Ronald J. Kulich, PhD and other faculty.

Supervision and Seminars:

Primary Supervisor is Kelly M. Wawrzyniak, PsyD

Additional supervision provided by Ronald J. Kulich, PhD, Michael E. Schatman, PhD


Weekly Structured Learning Activities:

o    1-2 hr of individual supervision

o    1.5 hr group supervision

o    1.5 hr meeting on opioid medication management cases

o    1 hr Tufts Craniofacial Pain Grand Rounds

o    1 hr Journal Club


    Goals of the Fellowship:

    • Enhancing skills in psychosocial pain evaluation and evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions for chronic pain.
    • Provide fellows with competencies to work in innovative, interdisciplinary health care systems and clinical treatment teams.
    • Enhance skills in reviewing medical and psychological research and implementing research into clinical practice, policy, and program development.
    • Support fellows as they transition to professional practice and/or academic pursuits in pain psychology.

    Application Process:

    The ideal candidate has a minimum of experience working with populations with chronic health conditions, implementing cognitive and behavioral interventions, working in interdisciplinary teams, and a strong interest, if not previous experience, in research and program development.

    Please email CV, letter of interest, and 3 references to Kelly Wawrzyniak, PsyD at Applications open and rolling for a 2019 academic year.  Contact Dr. Wawrzyniak by email or phone (781-895-7975) with any questions.


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