The clinical and programmatic activities subsumed under this position are conducted as part of a program under the direction of the Chief, Psychology Service, through the Director, Mental Health Care Line. The Staff Psychologist specializing in Clinical neuropsychology at Newington will be located in the Mental Health Service Line. The staff psychologist will oversee the clinical care of veterans presenting for neuropsychological assessment and intervention. A. Clinical Responsibilities (85% of time) Provides a full range of diagnostic services, mostly including neuropsychological and psychological assessments and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological conditions including but not limited to neuropsychological problems, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. These evaluations utilize a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, and a battery of psychological and neuropsychological measures. Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or Healthcare System, as appropriate. Consult with and serve as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for and development of psychological and neuropsychological services. This may include consultation for research protocols. Works as a key team member to promote, create, and maintain a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the staff. Educates and trains staff and trainees about neuropsychological disorders. Provides advice to other staff professionals in an attempt to promote and preserve a recovery-oriented environment for individual patients. Stays current with assessment and neuropsychological theory by reviewing and/or participating in research; and by promoting, initiating, assisting or engaging in program evaluation and/or other basic and applied research activities. Functions independently as a member of the VACHS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, client care decisions, and documentation. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training to include psychology practicum, doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, and psychiatry residents. Conducts annual police evaluations as designated by the Chief, Psychology Service. B. Administrative Responsibilities (7.5% of time) The Staff Psychologist administratively manages the Clinical Neuropsychology Clinic - Newington Campus. This includes management of consults, scheduling, space, timely release of evaluations, and maintenance / ordering of neuropsychological test materials The Staff Psychologist attends mandatory program and service meetings. Represents Psychology Service on VACHS committees as assigned. C. Academic/Teaching/Training: (5% of time) Involved in Psychology and Psychiatry Training Program(s) at both Newington and West Haven. Will be involved in didactics, individual and group supervision. May hold faculty appointment at affiliated university, Yale and University of Connecticut. Actively involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the neuropsychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Provides training to other professional and non-professional staff within and outside the medical center via lectures or presentations when requested. D. Other Significant Responsibilities: (2.5 % time) Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees, as designated by the Chief, Psychology Service, Chief, Mental Health Care Line, and/or Hospital Director. Maintains competency as a psychologist in his/her areas of specialization through continuing education and other activities as required for the position. Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees including efforts to reduce stigmatization against individuals with mental illness. Other duties as assigned (e.g., Compensation and Pension or Employee Assistance Program as designated by the Chief, Psychology Service.) Participate in local, state and national professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association's Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.