Staff Psychologist, University Health Services

Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Staff Psychologist within University Health Services will provide high-quality, time-effective, evidence-based and culturally responsive clinical services, including: triage; emergency and crisis intervention services; referrals and evaluations; as well as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy.  The incumbent will also provide consultation to faculty and staff and provide outreach to the campus community.  The incumbent will manage a caseload so as to serve the maximum number of students who are appropriate for services at the University Health Services Counseling Center; and will consult with and/or make timely and appropriate mental health referrals for students as needed. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide high-quality, time-effective, evidence-based, culturally-responsive clinical services, including triage, emergency and crisis intervention, referral, as well as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy;
  • Produce and maintain excellent and timely clinical records and participate in quality management activities, in accordance with University Health Services policy;
  • Manage a clinical caseload so as to serve the maximum number of students who are appropriate for services at the UHS Counseling Center;
  • Consult with and/or make timely and appropriate mental health referrals to other professional staff of the University Health Services, as well as to other departments or professionals on- or off-campus, as appropriate to meet students' needs;
  • Serve as consultant and resource person for faculty and other University staff about counseling programs and services available to students; collaborate with and consult with university departments to coordinate planning and intervention with students of concern;
  • Conduct culturally-responsive outreach efforts for students and evaluate their effectiveness;
  • Participate in the development of programming to meet changing student needs and requests;
  • Liaison with university faculty, staff and other University personnel in order to be informed of and participate in campus activities which might be supportive of students' needs;
  • Maintain statistical records and submit, as required, reports on activities;
  • Serve as back-up for other staff members, as necessary, such as by providing emergency or triage coverage when a staff member is absent;  
  • Keep current on clinical practice and supervision practices relevant to this setting, including risk management;
  • Provide high-quality and culturally-competent supervision of trainees, as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Earned doctorate from an APA accredited program in counseling or clinical psychology and an APA accredited internship or doctorate in similar field; and licensed or license eligible as a psychologist and certified health service provider in the state of Massachusetts; and a minimum of three-five (3-5) years of experience post-licensure delivering evidence-based and culturally-responsive crisis intervention, evaluation and treatment to young adults and/or adults is required.  Experience working in a college or university counseling center and/or experience providing services through the continuum of care (i.e. inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient) preferred.  Proficiency in a second language other than English preferred.  Some extended day and/or evening hours may be required. 

The following are required skills and abilities:

  • Experience in conducting suicide/homicide risk assessment and intervention, crisis intervention and stabilization, case management, care coordination and work with high risk/high acuity clients;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and skill in delivering high-quality, time-effective, evidence-based and culturally responsive evaluation and treatment including triage; crisis emergency assessment and intervention; individual couples and group counseling and therapy; and referral and consultation;
  • Demonstrated experience in providing services to populations typically underserved by traditional counseling centers;
  • Demonstrated commitment to best practices within the profession and within the college aged population;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Timely and high-quality clinical documentation;
  • Familiarity and evidence of ability to use an electronic medical record system and standard office productivity software, such as Outlook and Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Demonstrated capacity to relate effectively and harmoniously with students, faculty, staff and administrators, within the organizational and administrative structure of a university counseling center, University Health Services and academic departments;
  • Demonstrated ability to flexibly manage the professional demands of a challenging caseload while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships;
  • Adherence to standard of care and best practices;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work collaboratively within a team-oriented environment;
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills;
  • Strong commitment to customer and student service. 

The following are preferred skills and abilities:

  • Specialty training and experience in areas relevant to the UMass Boston student population;
  • Experience with issues of commuter students and residential life;
  • Involvement in efforts to increase student retention, persistence and graduation;
  • One-two years of experience in teaching and training clinicians;
  • Experience in accreditation process and maintenance, such as APA, AAAHC, JCAHO, or IACS.

Additional Information:

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions.  As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews.  For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews:

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional work references.

  • Professional Union.
  • Full time. Benefited.
  • Unrestricted funding.
  • Grade 34 (see link below for salary chart).

Only Internal Professional Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 7 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Closing date for applications:  March 15, 2018.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday.

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