Clinical Psychologist - NIH - Bethesda, MD

Clinical Psychologist – NIH – Bethesda, MD


Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Clinical Psychologist to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
- Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package
- Tremendous growth opportunity
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
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TASKS. The contractor shall:

  • Recruit and screen patients for the projects, which focus on children with depressive and anxiety disorders, a behavioral inhibited temperament, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder or extremely severe, impairing irritability and their families; conduct structured and semi-structured interviews with probands, and parents and siblings of probands; provide clinical support to patients and families throughout the time that they are participating in research protocols.
  • Provide structured psychotherapy in the form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT) to patients who present with mood or anxiety disorders. 
  • Administer and interpret neuropsychological assessments to probands and family members as part of research protocols.
  • Provide family support and crisis management services as needed.
  • Provide referral to appropriate NIH resources and community services, when indicated.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of clinical research in the capacity of clinical support staff.
  • Administer and score a wide range of complex structured and semi-structured interviews (such as SCID, the K-SADS and many others) to the child and adolescent probands and the parents of the probands.
  • Conduct screening/baseline evaluations in collaboration with staff.
  • Conduct preliminary evaluation of potential probands through extensive telephone interviewing of parent, review of medical records, consultation with treating professionals, and consultation with NIMH medical staff, leading to acceptance for on-site evaluation or rejection with referral if indicated.
  • Interface with schools on novel recruitment projects; meet with public school personnel and staff on a regular basis during recruitment periods to ensure participation in research; meet with school personnel to determine suitability of research participation within the schools.
  • Provide informational sessions to parent groups, students, teachers and counselors.
  • Write and comprise information and consent forms to present to schools.
  • Write, research and comprise information in accordance with the privacy policy within the private schools targeted in the DC area; meet with private school personnel and staff during the recruitment process.
  • Conduct bi-yearly parent forum for parent education on mental health issues relevant to children.
  • Facilitate research with novel therapeutics; contribute to the writing of manuals and provide regular feedback on the usefulness of computerized tasks and forms of psychotherapy in a therapeutic setting; contribute to processes for evaluating efficacy of psychotherapy
  • Conduct frequent assessments to monitor the participants’ progress and the effectiveness of therapeutic protocols.
  • Participate in research group meetings and in the decision making process regarding patient inclusion in the studies, patient and parent diagnosis, and patient and family management throughout participation in the research protocol.
  • Make recommendations for appropriate referrals, including Child Protective Services, psychotherapy, community services involvement, special education, or activity programs.
  • Locate, evaluate and maintain contact with community organizations and facilities such as day treatment centers, clinics, etc.
  • Document research and clinical findings.
  • Participate in collection, storage and analysis of data regarding neuropsychological function and the life course of illness in patients as ascertained by testing and interviews with proband and family members.


REQUIREMENTS. The contractor must have:

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with appropriate state licensure. Three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.  Five (5) years of specialized experience plus a Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the clinical psychology field.
  • Training and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Interpersonal Psychology with adults, adolescents and children.
  • Exemplary diagnostic and clinical skills and proficiency in the application of DSM-IV diagnoses.
  • Sound professional judgment and knowledge to assess and manage complex and severe psychiatric illness in youth and their families.
  • Ability to ascertain descriptive clinical data systematically and reliably, and to communicate it clearly and accurately both orally and in written form.
  • Understanding of and sound working relationships with local agencies and community resources.
  • Knowledge of agencies outside the NIH community and consistent independent initiative in utilizing and discovering new resources necessary for the accomplishment of the recruitment and screening tasks.
  • Ability to utilize a highly developed working knowledge of clinical psychology and neuropsychology and allied sciences and disciplines, such as child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, psychopathology and neuropsychopharmacology to conduct research.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.



Note that the phone number for our NIH branch is not listed.  Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls.  All qualified candidates will be contacted.

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