Vanderbilt University Psychologist, University Counseling Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Psychologist, University Counseling Center (Job Number: 1800516)


About the Position: Vanderbilt University has an exciting opportunity for a Psychologist in our University Counseling Center. In this role you will provide psychological evaluation, both acute and routine, and psychotherapy services to Vanderbilt students and Post-Doctoral Fellows. You will also supervise the diagnostic, therapeutic, and professional activities of trainees, as well as consult with campus agencies.

About Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

Characteristic duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing psychological services to University students andpost-docs including individual counseling

  • Conducting clinical assessments and formulating diagnoses andrelevant treatment plans;

  • Completing intake summaries, psychological assessments, emergencyevaluations, progress notes, and termination of services according toestablished policies and procedures.

  • Providing walk-in emergency assessments, crisis intervention, andintakes for at-risk students and post-docs

  • Offering group counseling/workshops

  • Providing consultation services to family members and constituentswithin the campus community

  • Participating in Behavioral Threat Assessments, especially thoseconcerning student/post-doc well-being.

  • Using a conceptualization of clinical presentations that takesinto account unique aspects of identity.

  • Engaging in continuing education and professional developmentactivities, and the oversight of the professional activities of trainees.

  • May conduct psychological assessment, administer and interpret avariety of psychological assessment inventories, and prepare reports.

Key Functions andExpected Performance :

  • Performsindividual and group counseling and psychotherapy using a variety of treatmentmodalities to assist clients.

  • Diagnosesor evaluates mental and emotional disorders of individuals and administersprograms of treatment; interviews patients in clinics, hospitals, and othersettings and studies medical and social case histories.

  • Observes patients in various situations; selects,administers, and interprets intelligence, personality, or otherpsychological tests to diagnose disorders and formulate plans oftreatment, and provides consultation to other mental health professionalswith regard to test results.

  • Treats psychological disorders to effect improvedadjustments utilizing various psychological techniques; selectsappropriate treatment approach and plans frequency, intensity, andduration of individual, group, and family therapies.

  • Assesses patient progress and modifies treatmentprograms accordingly; communicates with and counsels family members asappropriate.

  • Documents therapy in accordance with policies andprocedures regarding medical records; implements and adheres to policies whichensure patient confidentiality.

  • Provides crisis intervention in situations requiringimmediate psychological treatment.

  • Develops treatment plans consistent with short-termmodel approaches.

  • Provides after hour on-call coverage in rotation withother staff throughout the year.

  • Provides expertise in appropriate UCC specialty teamssuch as LD/ADHD assessment, trauma, eating disorders, alcohol and otherdrugs, biofeedback, etc.

  • Is anactive member of the UCC interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals.

  • Participatesin educational programs, in-service meetings, clinician meetings, caseconferences, case consultations and workshops to enhance professionaldevelopment and maintain currency of methodology and techniques.

  • Mayinstruct and direct students serving psychological internships in hospitals andclinics.

  • Providespsychological consultations to other mental health professionals withinhospitals, clinics, and other community based agencies with regard to clientsand/or patient care.

SupervisoryRelationships :

This position does not have supervisory responsibility, though it may oversee the work performed by trainees; this position reports administratively to the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the University Counseling Center.

Experience and Education :

  • A PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology isnecessary.

  • Licensure as a psychologist in Tennessee with HSP designation orcurrent licensure in another state, with the ability to obtain licensure in TNwithin 6 months of start date is necessary.

  • Experience in providing evidence-based treatments isnecessary.

  • At least three years of post-doctoral clinical experience isstrongly preferred.

  • Training and experience with trauma-focused approaches isstrongly preferred.

  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team is stronglypreferred.

  • Experience in a university counseling center or similar settingis strongly preferred.

  • Experience and extensive training in diversity/multiculturalcompetency is preferred.

  • Experience supervising graduate students is preferred.

  • Experience in delivering mental health presentations andconsultation skills is preferred.

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Dean of Students Mark Bandashave identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health as toppriorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean ofStudents. Candidates must be able to articulate and demonstrateexcellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experienceengaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.

This position requires a Doctorate degree.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30100 - Dean of Students: Office of the Dean

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