Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$105,172.00 - $138,505.10 / Ye
Hillcrest Medical Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#127706 Psychologist 2

Initial Review Date: Fri 2/2/2024

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The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The Department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under direction, the incumbent will serve as a staff psychologist for the Neuro Behavioral inpatient unit (50%) and provide general outpatient psychiatry services in the Hillcrest NARF clinic (50%) . Will provide treatment for all populations of inpatient NBMU and outpatient General Psychiatry patients. Services include evaluation, treatment planning, multidisciplinary rounding, care coordination, individual, group therapy for individuals with cognitive and mental health disorders. As a psychologist, the incumbent will be responsible for treating complex, multi diagnostic patients.


  • 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 and experience in reading and interpreting psychiatric charts.

  • Ability to prepare for and lead psycho-educational groups on general psychosis, mood disorders, sleep disorders, 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.

  • 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.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $105,172 - $138,505 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $50.37 - $66.33

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