Psychologist II

Health & Human Services Comm

Job Overview

Psychologist II
Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team.

The Psychologist II works from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on the assigned campus.

The Psychologist II performs advanced forensic/psychological work within a social learning environment; conducts psychological and forensic evaluations, specifically competency to stand trial evaluations; administers and interprets psychological instruments; interviews patients, and prepares reports; prepares behavior analyses; participates in research projects; conducts training programs; and performs related work as assigned. The Psychologist II plans, assigns, and supervises psychology staff and serves as a member of the discipline QIT. Works under supervision with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment and functions conjointly under the Psychology Director for clinical issues and administrative issues.

HIPAA Access: Health Care: PHI 1-B. This employee has full access to a limited set of records in accordance with HIPAA regulations.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Conduct psychological and forensic assessments of assigned patients conforming to Discipline standards, HHSC rules, and applicable laws, to reduce or eliminate psychological barriers and co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders to relevant functioning and to help guide the clinical work of the multidisciplinary team and, where appropriate, the finder of fact toward answering psycholegal questions.

Prepare written psychological reports and hospital charting, which identify and discuss relevant psychopathology according to discipline, program, facility and HHSC guidelines and requirements and render appropriate recommendations within established timeframes; provide feedback to service providers and patients, as appropriate.

Provide supervision to on-unit psychology staff (including any psychology interns/students) and serve as member of Discipline QIT’.

Consistently provide relevant behavioral data and evaluative information to guide social learning programming for individuals served as well as the relevant groups of patients served. Identify maintaining variables and offer relevant intervention strategy to create an effective social learning environment for patients served. Actively involved in the design, implementation and maintenance of programming on hospital units.

Conducts relevant staff training within established timeframes and in concert with the multidisciplinary approach to psychiatric rehabilitation. Provide consultation, attend treatment team and other unit meetings as needed to share clinical information for the promotion of a healthy environment of care.

Actively participate in continuous quality improvement for the Discipline, Programs and Hospital to promote quality patient care.

Other duties as assigned include but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of psychology, psychometric, and physiological principles, diagnostic criteria, and forensic and psychological evaluation methods.

Skill in the use of psychological evaluation and assessment techniques.

Ability to organize workloads; interpret diagnostic evaluations, analyze behavior, and maintain accurate records.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Texas or reciprocity state.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Texas or reciprocity state.

Knowledge of psychology, psychometric, and physiological principles, diagnostic criteria, and psychological evaluation methods.

Additional Information:
REQ 487840
North Texas State Hospital is a fast-paced in-patient psychiatric treatment center providing psychiatric services to civilly committed and forensic youth and adults. Serving primarily in a consultation role to multidisciplinary teams, the Psychologist II provides differential diagnostic assessment, including the assessment of malingering, and competence to stand trial evaluations. Occasional individual psychotherapeutic interventions are conducted to facilitate competence restoration. The Psychologist II assures the quality of forensic and clinical psychological work for the hospital and in supervising other psychology staff members. The Psychologist II is responsible for the accurate and timely completion of all competence to stand trial and other forensic and psychological evaluations. The Psychologist II assists with the development, maintenance, and implementation of the social learning environment of the hospital’s programs. HIPPA Access: Health Care: PHI 1-B. This employee has full access to a limited set of records in accordance with HIPPA regulations. Maximum security campus positions are eligible for 6.8% Hazard Duty Pay.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

Compliance with HHSC immunization policy and state hospital operating procedures related to immunizations is required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with individuals. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

If you need assistance completing the online application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747.

MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 67D, 71F, 73B, 230X, MED10, 42PX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form – Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.


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