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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#111101 Psychologist 1

Initial Review Date: Fri 9/17/2021

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Under direction, Psychologist I provides all aspects of psychological services including diagnostic evaluations, assessments, treatment planning and individual therapy for adults in UCSD's managed care/private model outpatient service. Provides couples, family and group psychotherapy as needed. Provides screening for drug and alcohol problems and uses SBIRTmodel to triage services for patients. Provides evidence-based brief interventions in integrated behavioral health model patients with more complex interacting disorders.

Coordinates all mental health services and assures quality of care. Participates on multi-disciplinary treatment team, interviews patients and facilitates discussion around diagnosis and treatment planning. The licensed clinician is responsible for the soundness and validity of recommendations and services, but is expected to seek advice from supervisor or senior specialists on unusual or complex cases. Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of the status and progress of individual cases. Professional and community activities include participating in conferences with fellow staff and team members.


  • Ph.D. or Psy.D degree in Clinical Psychology.

  • Current valid state of California Psychology License.

  • Proven psycho-diagnostic interviewing skills.

  • Strong crisis intervention skills.

  • Ability to deliver care in an ethical, non-judgmental, and non-discriminatory manner.

  • Theoretical understanding of psycho-dynamic, supportive and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches.

  • Knowledge of indications and contraindications for psychiatric medications and experience in reading and interpreting psychiatric charts.

  • Ability to prepare for and lead psycho-educational groups on anxiety, depression, dual disorders, anger management and stress management.

  • Demonstrated skill in problem solving and in critical thinking. Able to think creatively and efficiently, to assess, analyze and solve problems.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse populations and co-workers, exercising tact, flexibility and diplomacy.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.

  • Strong writing ability and experience in writing concise, factual psychosocial notes and program reports.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

  • Knowledge and skill in problem-focused psycho-therapeutic interventions and a thorough working knowledge of DSM-V.

  • Knowledge and prior experience in applying the SBIRT model for alcohol and substance use disorders.

  • Strong experience in conducting psycho-diagnostic evaluations and plan treatment.

  • Experience in managing a more complex caseload with a continual flux of new intakes weekly.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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