Licensed Psychologist - San Mateo Medical Center (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $108,576.00 - $135,761.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Note: This Job Announcement was amended on Friday March 11, 2022 to include one full time (1.0 FTE) regular position on the integrated Behavioral Health team working primarily at the Fair Oaks Health Center primary care clinic.

San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) is seeking qualified Clinical Psychologists with expertise in Integrated Behavioral Health. Currently there is one full-time (1.0 FTE) vacancy, with our Integrated Behavioral Health team working primarily at the primary care clinic Fair Oaks Health Center (FOHC). Experience conducting psychotherapy with adults is necessary. Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred but not required.

If you are a psychologist with a passion for providing comprehensive and integrated behavioral health care to the underserved diverse residents of San Mateo County, then consider joining our team!

We are seeking licensed professionals who are proficient in brief, evidence-based models of psychotherapeutic interventions with a diverse, underserved, immigrant, adult population to work at our primary care clinic, Fair Oaks Health Center, located in Redwood City. FOHC is a satellite clinic which consists of primary care and select specialty clinics. The staff are largely bilingual and bicultural supporting the large monolingual Latinx population served by this clinic; San Mateo County's ACE insurance provides health insurance to this population regardless of documentation status. Typical referrals addressed by IBH are for adults with mild to moderate psychopathology and consist mainly of depression, anxiety, triple trauma, relationship problems, stress or adjustment disorders related to patients' medical or social issues and chronic disease management. The current position involves being the primary mental health clinician, coordinating and conducting psychotherapy for clinic patients, and working as part of an integrated team alongside primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals.

Licensed Psychologists fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Assess, evaluate, and provide psychological treatment to adult San Mateo County residents with mild to moderate mental health and behavioral health needs in an outpatient setting.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams to develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate mental health treatment plans for a broad range of behavioral and psychosocial concerns.
  • Employ a variety of empirically validated approaches as indicated by specific presenting problems to change behaviors, achieve symptom relief, and improve functioning.
  • Develop and conduct group psychotherapy, psychoeducational programs, and classes.
  • Create, implement, and evaluate behavioral medicine and health psychology programs in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on diabetes care, obesity, and health-risk behaviors.
  • Render consultation to primary care and specialty providers on matters relating to mental health, health psychology, and behavioral medicine.
  • Offer crisis intervention, when needed.
  • Maintain accurate and current notes in the electronic health records and inpatient medical records, and produce reports of evaluation and/or treatment, as required.
  • Conduct applied research and clinical investigations in behavioral/health psychology.
  • Provide liaison services between patients and other providers, as needed.
  • Supervise psychology postdoctoral fellows with bilingual and bicultural backgrounds and other mental health trainees.
In addition to the license requirements specified below, the selected candidates will possess qualifications that include:
  • Expertise in empirically validated psychological interventions for both individual and group therapy pertaining to a broad range of behavioral and psychosocial issues.
  • Familiarity with psychological interventions related to preventative care and behavioral medicine, in particular related to diabetic care models, obesity, and health-risk behaviors.
  • Previous clinical responsibilities to include psychological testing, diagnosis, crisis intervention, as well as brief individual and group psychotherapy.
  • Qualified to supervise psychology postdoctoral fellows.
  • Knowledge of social service agencies, state regulations, and APA standards as they relate to client treatment, patient rights, and client/patient confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of psychological testing techniques, administration, and interpretation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive, Spanish language psychological services to a low-income, underprivileged population (for the Bilingual Spanish Psychologist).
  • Ability to provide psychological services informed by cultural humility and the use of medical interpreters when appropriate.
The ideal candidate will also have a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from a regionally accredited educational institution and must have completed the required trainings related to providing clinical supervision. Possession of a California license in Clinical Psychology is required for this position, however candidates who have passed the EPPP exam and are in the process of receiving a California license in Clinical Psychology within a 90-day period may be considered in this recruitment but will not be able to start the position until license is obtained. Starting salary is negotiable, depending on experience, and includes a biweekly bilingual differential pay added to the hourly base pay, for bilingual Spanish positions. The incumbent will work with adult populations (Option 1), as described below.

The current vacancy is for one full-time (1 FTE) licensed psychologist, experienced with providing primary care behavioral health services to underserved adults. Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency preferred.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform professional psychological work; make diagnoses and provide psychotherapy and other kinds of psychological treatment in one of the option areas.
  • Select and administer psychological tests or observational procedures, interpret their results and prepare psychological evaluation reports.
  • Carry out various kinds of treatment work such as short-term evidence-based individual or group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, behavior modification, consultation services to primary care providers and educational patient classes.
  • Provide mental health consultation appropriate to the needs of various professionals, agencies and community groups.
  • Participate in developing preventive mental health procedures in segments of community life.
  • Participate in regional or service unit research projects.
  • Participate in the training of psychology postdoctoral fellows or other mental health disciplines.
  • Provide psychological consultation to other mental health staff or personnel of other community agencies.
  • Confer with patients' relatives regarding treatment and case management.
  • Consult with psychiatrists, social workers and others in community agencies regarding psychological aspects of their work.
  • Maintain mental health records and prepares reports.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Incumbents in the role we are recruiting for are for will work in option 1:
Option 1: Adult: Providing direct and preventive mental health services to adults and the various professionals, agencies and institutions serving the adult population.

Licensure/Certification: California license in Clinical Psychology.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:
Option 1: Adult - Two years of clinical experience with adults.

Knowledge of :
  • Principles, methods, techniques, material, devices used and current developments in the field of specialization.
  • Standard methods, techniques, materials and devices used in either clinical psychology, community, developmental psychology and psychological research.
  • Psychotherapeutic factors relevant to emotional, behavioral, learning, social interaction or social systems problems.
  • Techniques of mental health consultation, psychological research and training.
  • Various psychological tests available.
  • Standard methods of test evaluation and test results interpretations.
  • Approved techniques of therapeutic counseling.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Identify the relevant factors related to emotional, behavioral, learning, social interaction or social systems problems and to select and apply appropriate remedial or consultation techniques and procedures.
  • Analyze, interpret and apply the principles, methods, techniques, material and devices used in clinical, child, adult, forensic or developmental psychology depending upon the option.
  • Identify the relevant factors related to emotional, behavioral, learning, social interaction or social systems problems.
  • Select and apply appropriate remedial or clinical techniques and procedures.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of emotional, learning and social interaction problems.
  • Consider applicability of innovative treatment or consultation procedures to work problems and experiment with and evaluate the applicability of innovative treatment or consultation procedures to work problems.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Supervise the work of trainees and junior staff members.
  • Establish and maintain objectives and cooperative relationships with clients, other professionals and the public.
  • Speak and write effectively.

Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification . All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (092217) (Psychologist II - F050)

Keywords: Psychology, Psychologist, therapy, therapist, Spanish speaking, bilingual, patient care, integrated behavioral health

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map