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 and post-docs including individual counseling

  • Conducting clinical assessments and formulating diagnoses and relevant treatment plans;

  • Completing intake summaries, psychological assessments, emergency evaluations, progress notes, and termination of services according to established policies and procedures.

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

  • Offering group counseling/workshops

  • Providing consultation services to family members and constituents within the campus community

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

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

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

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

Key Functions and Expected Performance :

  • Performs individual and group counseling and psychotherapy using a variety of treatment modalities to assist clients.

  • Diagnoses or evaluates mental and emotional disorders of individuals and administers programs of treatment; interviews patients in clinics, hospitals, and other settings and studies medical and social case histories.

  • Observes patients in various situations; selects, administers, and interprets intelligence, personality, or other psychological tests to diagnose disorders and formulate plans of treatment, and provides consultation to other mental health professionals with regard to test results.

  • Treats psychological disorders to effect improved adjustments utilizing various psychological techniques; selects appropriate treatment approach and plans frequency, intensity, and duration of individual, group, and family therapies.

  • Assesses patient progress and modifies treatment programs accordingly; communicates with and counsels family members as appropriate.

  • Documents therapy in accordance with policies and procedures regarding medical records; implements and adheres to policies which ensure patient confidentiality.

  • Provides crisis intervention in situations requiring immediate psychological treatment.

  • Develops treatment plans consistent with short-term model approaches.

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

  • Provides expertise in appropriate UCC specialty teams such as LD/ADHD assessment, trauma, eating disorders, alcohol and other drugs, biofeedback, etc.

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

  • Participates in educational programs, in-service meetings, clinician meetings, case conferences, case consultations and workshops to enhance professional development and maintain currency of methodology and techniques.

  • May instruct and direct students serving psychological internships in hospitals and clinics.

  • Provides psychological consultations to other mental health professionals within hospitals, clinics, and other community based agencies with regard to clients and/or patient care.

Supervisory Relationships :

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 is necessary.

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

  • Experience in providing evidence-based treatments is necessary.

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

  • Training and experience with trauma-focused approaches is strongly preferred.

  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team is strongly preferred.

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

  • Experience and extensive training in diversity/multicultural competency is preferred.

  • Experience supervising graduate students is preferred.

  • Experience in delivering mental health presentations and consultation 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 Bandas have identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health as top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Candidates must be able to articulate and demonstrate excellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging 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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