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Mental Health Research - Psychologist
ICF is seeking an early- to mid-career PhD- or PsyD-trained Psychologist with a clinical, counseling, or community psychology background for a full-time position in Silver Spring, MD. The position supports ICF’s work with the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) and focuses on psychological health promotion, early intervention, and outreach. The selected candidate will evaluate, translate, and disseminate best clinical practices to support access to and promote quality of Psychological Health (PH) services; and may inform the development of clinical resources and other psychoeducational / training materials for providers, patients, and their families. The individual will work as part of a team identifying and addressing barriers to seeking mental health care for those in the military community. This will focus on stigma reduction; and may also support the identification, review, dissemination and adoption of evidence-based, innovative approaches to advancing the PH of those in the military community. This is not a care delivery position and will likely support more than one project / initiative at a time.
The ideal candidate will also have a strong research and/or policy background, with demonstrated experience conducting systematic reviews; and prior experience assessing and treating psychological conditions of most relevance to the military (e.g., PTSD, adjustment disorders, depression, etc.).
- Perform systematic and/or literature reviews, analyze, and interpret findings to produce written evidence-based artifacts (e.g., briefings, manuscripts, white papers, blog posts, position papers, etc.) on PH-related topics. Ensure conclusions and interpretations are informed and validated by reliable, valid data.
- Provide expert consultation and support on the design and implementation of ongoing efforts within the PHCoE. Conduct systematic reviews of the leading literature base, evaluations of existing programs, and research demonstrations to evaluate service delivery programs. A strong background in literature reviews, systematic reviews, and metrics is desirable.
- Support ongoing policy review and stigma reduction efforts by reviewing military policies to identify and respond to potentially stigma-increasing language and recommend stigma-neutralizing language changes.
- Offer training and education to team members without mental health experience to support team review efforts, and review proposed policy language changes for accuracy and appropriateness.
- Interface with PHCoE and Service leadership to deliver language changes and incorporate stakeholder feedback. Knowledge of search strategies is desirable.
- Apply PH and research expertise in supporting the evaluation of existing programs, report on evaluation results, and recommend changes as applicable.
- Provide expert consultation to support the DoD integrated strategy for prevention and early intervention of mental health conditions.
- Provide mental/behavioral health subject matter expertise to other PHCoE project teams developing/maintaining clinical support tools, or evaluating the currency of existing DoD mental health-related policies and guidelines.
- Assist in completion of day-to-day operations to ensure policies and procedures are followed, that goals and objectives are met, and that services and projects are being accomplished effectively and efficiently.
- Participate in working groups assembled to develop guidelines for, or suggest policy changes to, programs related to psychological health promotion and to reducing barriers that may inhibit help-seeking behaviors.
- Provide meeting logistics and facilitation support as necessary. This may include, but not be limited to, scheduling meetings, providing read ahead materials to attendees, and developing / distributing meeting minutes.
- PhD in Psychology or PsyD in Clinical, Counseling, Community Psychology or other relevant applied psychological discipline.
- A minimum of four years of relevant PH professional experience.
- Demonstrated experience conducting literature-based or systematic reviews, analyzing findings, and synthesizing evidence-based findings into artifacts such as presentations, posters, and manuscripts.
- Demonstrated experience in the implementation, evaluation, or research of community or clinical psychology interventions focusing on PH conditions such as PTSD, operational stress, suicide, substance abuse prevention, anxiety, adjustment disorders, etc.).
- Strong written and oral communication skills required to translate evidence to practice for broad based uptake
- Ability to communicate directly with peers, managers, and clients while leading product development to a completed and successful solution.
- Strong organization skills to manage multiple timelines and complete tasks quickly within the constraints of clients’ timelines and budgets.
Preferred Experience (Not an absolute requirement):
- Experience working in, or with, Department of Defense (DoD) or other federal agencies is an asset, but not a requirement.
- Experiencing delivering training on PH topics (findings results, treatment practices, etc.)
- Experience conducting meta-analysis or evidence grading techniques as applied to PH interventions/treatments.
- Ability to think creatively and solve problems.
- Prior experience supporting federal service contracts.
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