Clinical Psychologist

Job ID
Behavioral Health
Salary Range
$105,922 - $137,696
Recruitment Bonus
Relocation Assistance
Student Loan Repayment


Holloman Air Force Base, NM:  Our location is a hidden gem, and the mission is vibrant and diverse.   You and your team will be an important piece of the Wing mission, “building the backbone of combat airpower,” in direct support the Department of the Air Forces largest flight training pipeline for the F-16 and MQ-9.  The 49th Medical Group (49 MDG) medics are exceptional with a team-oriented focus on preventive medicine, population health management, and continuous process improvement.  All of this will be accomplished as we adjust to the new normal with COVID-19 operations continuing.  We are a small but mighty MDG!


The nearby city of Alamogordo provides phenomenal community support with abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, nearby historical attractions and an authentic southwestern culture.  Holloman AFB is inviting and family friendly with plenty of activities. It is centrally located 1-3 hours from major TX & NM cities.  Mild winters in Alamogordo partnered with nearby Ski Apache, New Mexico’s southernmost winter resort, provide great year-around adventures. Breathtaking sunsets, a great desert climate, and art centers add to the joy of daily life at Holloman AFB.


Working for the Department of Defense comes with an abundance of benefits and perks to include competitive compensation packages, paid-time off, medical benefits, student loan repayments, and retirement package with Thrift Savings Plan to include matching employer contributions. For more information, please visit the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/



Screens and interviews patients, and performs biological, psychological, and social evaluations. Uses expert knowledge of general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to psychological counseling to identify psychosocial stressors and barriers. Accomplishes clinical intake interviews with patients, to include family history, biopsychosocial history, developmental history, and presenting problems together with any relevant secondary information. Conducts comprehensive psycho-diagnosis evaluations to address complex (interrelated biopsychosocial) diagnostic and treatment issues. Provides an extensive range of evidence-based psychotherapy for adult beneficiaries with a wide variety of complex psychiatric problems. Applies multiple therapeutic techniques including individual, group, couples, family, supportive, crisis intervention, and behavioral therapies or other recognized treatment strategies based upon accepted theories, principles, and practices of psychology including brief problem-focused psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and client-centered therapy. Performs appropriate individual, adult, group, and couples therapies and/or makes recommendations in writing to referring sources for management of the patients or placement in the appropriate treatment setting.

Provides individual and/or group counseling to the most difficult therapy cases, representing a wide array of psychopathology, including personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, pain disorders, and specific military environment related issues such as dealing with deployment and combat situations. Implements programs to prevent, detect, and aggressively treat mental health problems including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, suicide, and anxiety disorders. Assesses individuals to explore the development of behavior patterns, mechanisms, and symptoms. Determines the facts concerning patients’ problems and the underlying causes to assess the needs of the individual and/or family. Provides and evaluates the effectiveness of a wide range of therapeutic measures. Uses and interprets various psychological assessment measures. Integrates findings and formulates clinical information to establish a mental health diagnosis using guidelines such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and

Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Performs risk assessments and determines degree of danger posed by patients. Remains current on latest treatment methods and techniques. Formulates and implements effective treatment plans and programs; and annotates adjustments to treatment plans, as required, over the course of therapy. Maintains appropriate documentation of patient care in accordance with current unit, Air Force, state, and federal regulations. Promotes and preserves a psychotherapeutic atmosphere with the professional treatment teams. Responsible for knowledge of, and practice according to, state and professional licensing and ethical practice guidelines. Carries professional responsibility for findings, interpretations, decisions, recommendations, reports, and services.


Exercises full professional responsibility in psychological consultation, education, and training to military commanders/senior leaders, other mental health professionals, and medical staff. Serves as the behavioral health consultant to commanders and first sergeants. Works with multidisciplinary team and provides mutual consultative support to other mental health providers. Applies all aspects of agencies' policies, program objectives, and established practices to provide mutual consultative support to installation senior leadership, group and unit commanders as well as other unit personnel within areas of expertise and experience. Serves as the mental health technical consultant. Provides training to mental health treatment team and professional medical staff. Plans, organizes, and directs psychological strategies and programs geared toward selection and training candidates for special duties and other programs as directed by law or policy. Programs involve both suitability and screening evaluations for potential candidates prior to training as well as continuous evaluation of trainees during the training program. Consults with commanders regarding at-risk patients on complex cases in terms of diagnosis, fitness for duty and treatment. Prepares and delivers briefings and presentations on mental health-related issues. Serves as consultant to community resources and other on and off installation resources and recognized as the authority on mental health care for the Medical Health Clinic. Continues professional development and maintains awareness of cutting edge modalities and techniques of care in behavioral health through such activities as continuing education, attendance at conferences, participation in professional organizations or societies, and independent study.


Conducts intake evaluation and psycho-diagnostic assessments. Conducts intake evaluations including Commander directed mental health evaluations. Screens and interviews patients. Performs psychological testing to clarify complex patient diagnoses and personality disorders and traits for evaluations and therapeutic interventions. Conducts neuropsychological screenings, using professional knowledge of specific concepts, principals, procedures, and practices related to psychological disorders, evaluations and testing. Conducts comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to address complex diagnostic and treatment issues and prepares written evaluation reports with clinical impressions and recommendations. Synthesizes complex assessment data from multiple sources and presents it in a coherent, accurate, and relevant decision brief to key leaders. Integrates findings and clinical information to formulate and establish a diagnosis IAW criteria set down in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM). Assesses and provides crisis intervention for individuals and families undergoing unusual medically related stresses. Develops treatment plans for operational tempo burn out and pre-deployment and post deployment issues. Carries professional responsibility for findings, interpretations, decisions, recommendations, reports, and services. Rotates with other providers to see acute/walk-in patients and after clinic hours, providing precise consultation for emergent urgent mental health, substance abuse and family maltreatment cases.


Serves as the Clinical Subject Matter Expert (SME) for mental health care in the Mental Health Clinic. Responsible for recognizing the need for further development or modification of accepted policies and procedures. Recognizes the professional and administrative implications involved in policy changes, and makes proposals and recommendations to reduce the psychological impact to patients. Documents observations and assessments of risk for use in development of mitigation strategies. Continuously collects and analyzes data to improve assessment methodologies. Develops and improves overall assessment methodologies, both for psychologists and other evaluators, advising on any technical problems that may exist while recommending and developing new solutions. Develops and/or contributes to scientific modelling for mental health embedded care evidence-based data collection and improvement strategies. Prepares written evaluation reports with clinical impressions and recommendations. Ensures all clinical mental health treatment records meet accreditation standards as defined by the host MTF or appropriate AF Operational Quality oversight.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • A Personnel Security Investigation is required.
  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.
  • This position has specific initial background investigation and periodic re-verification requirements since its duties require interaction with children and youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age on a recurring basis.
  • Selectees will be required to sign a statement (Condition of Employment) consenting to seasonal influenza vaccinations or must provide a recognized exemption.
  • Immunization screening is required. Hepatitis B immunization is required for all positions with direct patient contact. Applicants may be required to show proof of other immunizations depending on the type of position.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Red Cross. Advanced certification (e.g., ALS) does not supersede BLS.
  • Applicants must be able to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.
  • This position may require the incumbent to work during irregular work hours which may include evenings, weekends, holidays, and/or varying work schedules.
  • This position may include shift work (evenings, weekends, holidays).
  • Position may be designated as Inclement Weather Essential. The incumbent must make every attempt to report for work on time and/or remain on duty during severe weather conditions.
  • Additional requirements may be determined as positions arise and will be communicated during the hiring process.




Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.


Basic Requirement for a Clinical Psychologist:

 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology. In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:


Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing bio-psychosocial evaluations, developing behavioral health treatment plans, and providing psychological counseling. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12).Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Licensure: This position requires a current, active, valid, unrestricted clinical license to practice Psychology independently, offered by a U.S. State, District of Columbia, commonwealth, territory or jurisdiction


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


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