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Forensic Psychologist, Eastern, WA or Western, WA

Organization: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Category: Psychologist
Location: Eastern, WA or Western, WA
Date Job Posted: March 13, 2023
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DSHS BHA Forensic Psychologist

Salary $101,052.00 - $135,864.00 Annually
Location Eastern, WA or Western Washington, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number 2023-01732 or 2023-01733
Closing 4/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


DSHS BHA Forensic Psychologist

What inspired you to be a Psychologist? Make a difference. Work that matters.

Work in a collegial environment and become an integral member of a dedicated team committed to completing various forensic evaluations, including a focus on competency to stand trial evaluations. It is an ideal atmosphere to use and further develop your psychological and evaluator expertise. You and your team will receive tremendous support from The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS). Work involves completing evaluations for the court that range in degrees of complexity. Additional potential opportunities include: working with interns and postdocs, participating in training, being involved with legislative processes, providing court testimony, and mentoring new staff members.

In addition to living in the wonderful state of Washington and its natural beauty, receive a comprehensive medical benefits package, pension plan, and opportunities to grow and advance. We have openings in the greater Seattle areas and support a hybrid work model.

Some of what you will do

  • Complete forensic evaluations mostly focused on competency to stand trial but also evaluations related to mental state at the time of the offense
  • Work, consult, and collaborate with forensic evaluators across the state of Washington
  • Opportunities to testify, present educational/informative trainings to external partners, serve as training faculty for the intern and/or postdoctoral training programs

We are looking for

  • A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.)
  • Licensed or eligible to obtain a license in Washington to practice psychology
  • Post-doctoral psychology experience
  • Strong clinical and forensic skills
  • Experience with psychometric testing, instruments used to assess feigning, competency, and risk assessment measures
  • Interest in writing evidence based, concise evaluations and providing expert testimony
  • Establish collegial relationships with internal and external partners

When applying, we ask that you please provide a Forensic Evaluation. This should include a referral source and question, the background of the patient/client, diagnostic formulation, and an opinion/recommendation section.

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.

Questions? Contact

Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of your vaccine status. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protect­ed veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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