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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.

#115155 Mobile Crisis Response Team Psychologist

Extended Review Date: Wed 10/26/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/21/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/30/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Student Health and Well-being (SHW) cluster of the UC San Diego, which reports through UC San Diego Health, plays a leadership role in creating a strong and active well-being culture that enables all students to flourish in body, mind and spirit. Under the oversight of the executive director, the SHW cluster includes the departments of Student Health Services (SHS), Health Promotion Services (HPS), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and SHW Administration. CAPS delivers campus-based mental health services to over 42,000 registered UCSD undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. CAPS' multicultural, multidisciplinary, and student-centered staff strives to deliver trauma informed, culturally proficient counseling and psychiatric services, psycho-educational preventive outreach and early intervention programming, postvention services, consultation, research, and training opportunities.

In collaboration with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, CAPS services support the academic mission of the University aimed at student success, retention, and wellbeing and works toward the maintenance of a just, inclusive and healthy living and learning environment for individuals to flourish as they pursue their academic, career, and personal goals. CAPS is accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) and the Post-doctoral Residency Training Program is affiliated with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC). CAPS is fully committed to self-examination, peer review, and quality improvement through the utilization of metrics, performance data, clinical outcomes, client experience measurements and feedback.

Because historical data support the fact that some calls requiring response to mental health crisis can be volatile and appear dangerous, it is envisioned that attending to such calls will be a co-response of compassionate police personnel and crisis response personnel. The TCRT will serve as first responders in wellness checks, behavioral health crisis triage, and mental health emergencies within the campus community, reducing the role of armed officers in non-criminal calls. In coordination with the CAPS Director and Leadership Team, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, UC San Diego Health Emergency Department and Inpatient Psychiatric Care, Neuro-Behavioral Medical Unit, the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry College Mental Health Program, and the UC San Diego Police Department Chief, incumbent assists the TCRT Manager in the daily operations and outcomes of a mobile compassionate crisis response for the UC San Diego campus and community. This includes collaboration and support in work flow design and training from dispatch response to disposition, marketing strategies to ensure the campus community is able to access and utilize the services, and collaborative partnerships with relevant campus departments and local mental health resources and hospitals, stabilization and transitional units, and designated providers for ongoing care to deliver optimal level of services and safety for UC San Diego community members in crisis.

The Tritons Crisis Response Team (TCRT) Behavioral Health /Counseling Psychologist will support UC San Diego Chancellor's commitment to re-envisioning campus safety and policing towards a welcoming service-oriented, and community-centric university campus. The incumbent will promote a campus culture emphasizing fair, collaborative, and trusting community relationships, and respectful and humane methods to campus safety. Incumbent must be an experienced Behavioral Health/ Counseling Psychologist who is multi-culturally proficient/affirming and possesses specific training, skills and demonstrated experience in providing behavioral health services. The incumbent will assist the TCRT Manager to achieve organizational objectives. The behavioral health professional will be embedded within the UC San Diego Police Department, prioritizing the well-being of the entire campus community. This incumbent will respond to crisis situations and deliver onsite, immediate and personalized mental health interventions within a framework of inclusion excellence, social justice, and the aspiration to eliminate health care disparities.

The TCRT provides rapid response and in-the field assessments, crisis management, transport, and referral, using trauma and culturally responsive practices and interventions at all levels of care. Types of calls may include wellness check, 5150 evaluations, telehealth and on-site in-person crisis interventions, de-escalation, consultation to campus staff, faculty, and administration regarding mental health concerns, and communication related to mental health and wellbeing. The TCRT is designed and operated in alignment with a continuum of care services principles and practices meeting the highest standards under UC San Diego Health.


  • Current, valid license in California as a psychologist. Out-of-state licensed psychologists have 180 days to complete licensure requirements in the State of California.

  • Ph.D or Psy.D. from an accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and completion of an APA/CPA accredited internship.

  • Proven ability to conduct trauma informed, culturally proficient, responsive, and focused crisis response. Knowledge of behavioral health counseling methods and techniques, crisis intervention, treatment planning and case management.

  • Experience responding to mental health emergencies, while working collaboratively and in coordinated fashion with police and security offers during field work

  • Experience with rapid screening and assessment and diagnosis towards development of appropriate interventions and level of care while working under pressure. Skill in effectively managing mental health emergencies.

  • Experience providing behavioral health services in a primary care setting and/or college counseling center.

  • Sustained knowledge and experience working with culturally diverse university populations, including ability and expertise with traditionally underserved and marginalized groups.

  • Proven ability to develop and implement culturally proficient, responsive, and effective outreach programs and provide consultation, mental health promotion, and preventative psycho-educational outreach services.

  • Highly effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.Ability to communicate clearly, and effectively orally and in writing demonstrated by skills to record in a neat, orderly and logical manner, as well as to engage in a helpful, non-judgmental manner orally in person and by phone.

  • Knowledge of college student development theories and practice.


  • Prior experience with University Counseling Center experience.
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to make appropriate referrals.
  • Bilingual to provide therapy in English and one of the following languages preferred: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Arabic, Farsi, or Hindi languages.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must work evenings and weekends as needed for after-hours emergency coverage.
  • Ability to telecommute for work, if/when needed and operationally feasible, as determined by department.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on department needs.

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

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, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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