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Job #: R-00063375
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Leidos’s Military & Veterans Solutions Health Group is currently seeking a full-time Clinical Psychologist to support human subjects research protocols with the Naval Health Research Center’s Warfighter Performance Department in San Diego, CA aimed at improving treatment for wounded warriors with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, insomnia, and other co-morbid disorders. The successful candidate will provide expertise in clinical psychology treatments related to these projects and will report to the Program Manager, Principal Investigator (PI), and other assigned study personnel to contribute to human subjects research protocols. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and careful attention to detail are required. Duties may also include providing short- and long-term group and individual counseling to patients and providing multi-disciplinary approach to treatment plans, assessments, case determinations. May also coordinate other medical staff as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Researching, developing theories, and devising methods to bring applicable psychological therapy methods to research projects aimed at improving treatment for wounded warriors and beneficiaries; applying those therapies as part of rehabilitation-focused research projects involving human subject

  • Understand, research, and apply theories and practices of exposure therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Clinical Behavioral Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy

  • Incorporate these therapies into novel treatment programs and research protocols

  • Develop, plan and execute research protocols aimed at creating or testing novel rehabilitation methods for wounded warriors with PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other co-morbid disorders

  • Use novel technologies and mobile applications for treatment programs, provide support to patients for technologies in use, work with Principal Investigators, clinical providers, and research support personnel to conduct troubleshooting and modifications to technologies for project use

  • Maintain substantial knowledge of PTSD, TBI, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and related treatments and therapies, as well as current research in these areas

  • Assist Principal Investigators by leading human subjects research protocol development and regulatory submission, solution design, protocol and process refinement, and project execution

  • Collaborate with clinicians, military and academic investigators, and other stakeholders at participating Military Treatment Facilities including Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and other clinical settings to obtain access to patient populations, gain knowledge about standard treatments, and determine the clinical needs of the military and beneficiary patient populations

  • Provide care to patient populations in support of research protocols aimed at improving treatment for wounded warriors and beneficiaries

  • Review patient results and other project data, analyze findings, and create authored works for scientific and project reports, presentations, and publications reporting results from research protocols

  • Lead project meetings, identify project needs, delegate tasking to team members and follow-up with collaborators and team members to ensure project stays on schedule and within budget

  • Contribute to proposal development and submission by developing new solutions for treatment of PTSD, TBI, and related disorders and submitting these proposals to appropriate funding agencies for consideration

  • Develop solutions to complex technical issues and problems that impact multiple area or disciplines.

  • Regularly employ ingenuity and creativity to develop new technical solutions and systems in order to achieve functional objectives.

  • Influence project/team leaders regarding solution design, process and/or approaches

  • Requires expert knowledge of and ability to apply advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts.

  • Complete required trainings and continuing education for human subjects research protocol involvement, certification and licensure, as well as trainings required by the local military command and Leidos

  • Provide psychological services at a Naval Medical Center San Diego Mental Health clinic to maintain clinical privileges

  • Model Leidos mission, vision, values at all times

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field

  • Must have minimum 5 years of experience in similar clinical and/or research settings

  • Must have an active license in Clinical Psychology

  • Must have had an American Psychological Association-approved internship (pre-doctoral) or American Board of Professional Psychology certification

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain privileges at Naval Medical Center San Diego as a psychologist

  • Must have experience with exposure therapies for PTSD

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to obtain a Secret Clearance

  • Must be able to work at the customer site in San Diego, as well as clinics located in the San Diego area

  • Must be able to travel in the local San Diego area, nationally, and internationally as required for data collection, patient sessions, meetings, and conferences

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8 or more years of experience in similar clinical and/or research settings

  • Active, credentialed provider at Naval Medical Center San Diego

  • Trained in PE, CPT, or EMDR

  • Experience treating military or veteran populations

  • Experience working on research studies involving human subjects

  • Experience using digital technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality devices, for use in psychology therapies

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