Licensed Psychologist – San Mateo Medical Center (Open and Promotional)

US Government, San Mateo Medical Center

Note:  This Job Announcement was amended on Monday November 14, 2022, to one Extra-Help, Part-Time (0.5 FTE) Neuropsychologist position.
San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) is seeking a qualified Clinical Neuropsychologist.   
If you are a neuropsychologist with a passion for providing care to the underserved diverse residents of San Mateo County, then consider joining our team!  

Currently we have one vacancy for an Extra-Help, Part-time (0.5 FTE), Neuropsychologist, with flexible schedule to work at San Mateo Medical Center.  

SMMC’s Neuropsychologist Services provides linguistically and culturally sensitive outpatient and inpatient evaluations to English and bilingual/monolingual non-English-speaking adults and seniors with a variety of medical, neurological, and psychiatric concerns including vascular risk factors, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, dementia due to HIV, and TBI. Patients generally present with complex medical and psychiatric histories. Many of our patients are underinsured and may have limited or no formal educational experience. About 50% of referrals the service receives are for non-English speaking clients, hence the ideal candidate will be comfortable to work with medical interpreters in assessing these patients. Common languages include, but are not limited to, Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Referral sources are varied and include primary care, psychiatry, specialty geriatric and HIV clinics, neurology, and Aging and Adult Services. Occasional requests for forensic capacity evaluations may be needed through Adult Protective Services that involve self-neglect due to cognitive impairment or financial abuse.
 Licensed Psychologists fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with English- and non-English-speaking adults and seniors with complex medical and psychiatric histories and cognitive symptoms in inpatient and outpatient settings. 
  • Conduct clinical and collateral interviews regrading patient cognitive concerns within HIPAA framework.
  • Review medical records prior to conducting evaluations as appropriate for referrals.
  • Work with medical interpreters in conducting evaluations for bilingual and monolingual non-English speaking patients. 
  • Triage and manage neuropsychology referrals within electronic health record.
  • Write integrated neuropsychological reports to document findings of test results within EHR and communicate findings to referral sources and patients.
  • Communicate by phone and email with various referral sources, to obtain collateral information from caregivers within framework of HIPPA and EHR.
  • Maintaining psychological and neuropsychological test protocols within hospital record keeping system (with assistance from medical records as appropriate) by following APA ethical guidelines.
  • Provide consultation to inpatient and outpatient providers regarding decision making capacity for medical or financial decisions, recommending levels of care (this may include Adult Protective Services and Aging and Adult Services)
  • Develop and maintain cultural competence in working with patients from a variety of different language, cultural considerations and especially various educational backgrounds through continuing training and consultation of research
  • Provide clinical supervision to neuropsychology supplemental practicum trainees and/or postdoctoral fellows. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 In addition to the license requirements specified below, the selected candidates will possess qualifications that include:

  • Familiarity in working with medical interpreters in assessment (preferred). 
  • Previous clinical responsibilities to include neuropsychological testing and diagnosis.
  • Eligible for board certification by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
  • 2 years (2000 hours minimum) formal post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. 
  • Bilingual Spanish speaker (preferred, but not required).
  • Qualified to supervise psychology postdoctoral fellows.
  • Knowledge of social service agencies, state regulations, and APA standards as they relate to client treatment, patient rights, and client/patient confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of psychological and neuropsychological testing techniques, administration, and interpretation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to provide psychological services informed by cultural humility and the use of medical interpreters when appropriate.

 The ideal candidate will also have a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from a regionally accredited educational institution and must have completed the required trainings related to providing clinical supervision. Possession of a California license in Clinical Psychology is required for this position, however candidates who have passed the EPPP exam and are in the process of receiving a California license in Clinical Psychology within a 90-day period may be considered in this recruitment but will not be able to start the position until license is obtained. Starting salary is negotiable, depending on experience, and includes a biweekly bilingual differential pay added to the hourly base pay, for bilingual Spanish positions. The incumbent will work with adult populations (Option 1), as described below.
 NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

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