Staff Psychologist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 181000 - CVM Academic Affairs
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Staff Psychologist is located in the Office of Psychological Services (OPS) at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and reports to the Director of Psychological Services at CVM. The Staff Psychologist is responsible for providing individual and group therapy and individual assessment to clients, for providing psycho-educational programming, teaching and workshops as required by grant funded projects. The Staff Psychologist is responsible for providing as needed crisis intervention, safety assessment, consultation services and referrals, respectively. The Staff Psychologist will also aid in developing and submitting reports for funders, writing and submitting grant proposals, and meeting with program officers from funding agencies, as needed.

Salary Grade:  16

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges. 

Anticipated Appointment Date:

June 2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only for the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.
1. Providing empirically-supported intervention and assessment services through the OPS CVM. This may include providing assessment and intervention services, including crisis response services when required. The use of telehealth may be required for this position;
2. Provision of individual and group therapy with the number of sessions depending on clinical availability and client need; clients requiring medication, psychiatric care, or long term care may be referred to another community resource;
3. Provision of safety assessment, crisis intervention, and referral to community resources as needed;
4. Provision of training on mental health topics including suicide prevention, de-escalation, suicide postvention, and mental health awareness to community groups throughout the state;
5. Serving on OPS CVM, College, or University committees;
6. Attending Clinical Staff Meetings, supervision, continuing education activities, staff retreats and other meetings as required by your primary clinic;
7. Providing clinical supervision for graduate students, interns, or clinicians pursuing licensure;
8. Maintaining clinical case files in accordance with legal, ethical, and professional standards which will be housed on the Titanium server;
9. Attending continuing education to comply with professional licensure expectations;
10. Maintaining professional expectations and following procedures from the Office of Psychological Services at CVM Procedure Manual;
11. Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Office of Psychological Services, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, or the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Doctorate Degree from an APA accredited college or university in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, conferred no later than the date of hire. Must be licensed or license-eligible as a Psychologist with the Mississippi Board of Psychology. If license-eligible, must complete licensure requirements within 18 months of hire.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred experience with meeting the mental health needs of the veterinary medical community

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Experience, knowledge, and training in provision of individual and group therapy;
2. Experience in provision of psycho-educational programming, workshops, and wellness activities;
3. Experience and training in working successfully with a culturally and ethnically diverse population;
4. Ability to interact effectively and professionally with students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
5. Knowledge of and adherence to ethical standards endorsed by licensing professional organization (APA and MS Board of Psychology);
6. Motivated to function effectively and independently with the organizational and administrative structure of the Office of Psychological Services at CVM;
7. Experience or coursework in treating complex psychological presentations;
8.Values diversity in all aspects of the professional experience;
9. Able to work effectively and independently with students, staff, and administrator;
10. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a high level of professionalism and professional ethics.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

•No or very limited physical effort required.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work is normally typically performed in a typical interior/office work environment but will likely require travel for continuing education and providing trainings 5-6 times per year.
•Does not require considerable physical activity. Does not require heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a secondary part (less than 10%) of job.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at Please include cover letter and resume along with names and addresses of three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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