Neuropsychologist or Psychologist (Clinical/Research)

Clearance Level
None
Category
Scientists
Location
Bethesda, Maryland

REQ#: G2019-67195

GDIT's Military Health Solutions is hiring a Neuropsychologist or Psychologist (Clinical/Research) to support the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). WRNMMC is located in Bethesda Maryland; less than 3 miles north of the Washington DC/MD border, and directly across the road from the National Institutes of Health.

 

DVBIC is multi-site medical care, clinical research, and education center. It is a unique collaboration of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems. The mission of DVBIC is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs.  DVBIC is primarily responsible for support of clinical operations in a nationwide network that includes ten military treatment facilities and five Veteran hospitals. In addition, DVBIC has visibility and contributes to the expertise of DoD level related clinical activity related to TBI. Learn More about DVBIC HERE

 

This position is both research and clinically oriented. The successful candidate will become a member of an existing and well established clinical research team (30+ staff) that is undertaking a series of studies aimed at addressing a Congressional mandate to study the long term effects of TBI on service members and their families (i.e., the ‘15-Year Longitudinal TBI Study'). This team is led by Dr. Louis French (National Lead), Dr. Rael Lange (Scientific Director), and Dr. Tracey Brickell (Scientific Director).

 

As part of this research program, the successful candidate will be required to participate in a number of clinical-related study procedures and research activities as outlined below in the “Key Responsibilities” section. In addition, clinical opportunities outside of the context of the research setting will be provided (e.g., National Intrepid Center of Excellence). The proportion of time spent on clinical versus research-related duties can be tailored to the needs of the successful candidate.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with completing clinical-related study procedures. These include, but are not limited to: case conferencing with research staff to identify and classify TBI history interviews; case conference medical record review information to include/exclude participants; perform suicide risk evaluations when needed; review and code CT and MRI reports; provide neuropsychological feedback to participants when necessary; interview patients when necessary, etc.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a long term publication plan using the data collected in the studies. Duties include, but are not limited to, statistical analyses, manuscript writing, conference presentations, SPSS syntax writing, etc. Data is collected in five broad areas that include neurobehavioral, neurocognitive, neuroimaging, sensory-motor, and blood-based biomarker measures.
  • Facilitate research productivity with a larger group of multidisciplinary research collaborators from WRNMMC, DVBIC, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, National Institutes of Health, and other civilian and military partners.

 

The applicant should be a neuropsychologist or psychologist who currently holds a license in any U.S. state (or the District of Columbia). Applicants will be required to pass a background check as part of a security clearance process and must be a U.S. citizen. Individuals with dual nationality are not eligible for security clearance and will therefore not be considered.

 

Clinical and research experience working with patients with TBI is preferred. In particular, a working knowledge of evaluating and diagnosing TBI is considered an asset; particularly in a military setting (but is not required). A proven track record publishing research papers relating to TBI, and strong statistical analyses skills is highly desirable.

 

 

 

 Primary Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Develops, implements and conducts brain injury investigations in collaboration with other investigators. May serve as Principal Investigator.
  • Responsible for providing expertise in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychological assessment relevant to research on traumatic brain injury (TBI). Provides direct services, to include screening, neuropsychological assessment, treatment, referral, consultation and education.
  • Conducts neuropsychosocial evaluations and provides therapeutic interventions including crisis counseling to individuals as needed to facilitate TBI clinical care management and optimize care.
  • Collaborates with staff to design, conduct and report on research with military Service Members and veterans who have sustained TBI.
  • Plans, implements and reports results of studies on behavioral and cognitive correlates of in Service Members with traumatic brain injury.
  • Attends research meetings, proposes/guides research initiatives, and supports joint research efforts with allied professions. Coordinates with principal and co-investigators regarding technical and/or clinical problems affecting research efforts.
  • Prepares research protocols and interacts with Clinical Investigation Facilities (CIF) and Institutional Review Boards (IRB).
  • Provides direct services, to include screening, neuropsychological assessment, treatment, referral, consultation and education.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and maintains in partnership with patients, other health care providers and community resources as applicable; assist in the development of a comprehensive treatment care plan in accordance with TBI health care standards for patients.
  • Participates, as appropriate, in departmental Quality Assurance (QA) programs and adhere to all safety regulations at all times.
  • May presents patient cases in conferences, reports, or meetings to discuss status and updates to cases.
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  • PhD degree in Psychology or a related field and have completed a postdoctoral fellowship including clinical experience in neuropsychological assessment/consultation.
  • Must have and maintain a current license to practice Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Must maintain Continuing Education credit sufficient to maintain both their clinical license and to meet medical facility specific Quality Assurance standards for credentialing.
  • In addition, must have attended a formal neuropsychological fellowship in clinical Neuropsychology, and be skilled in specialized testing and assessment procedure.
  • Experience within clinically appropriate systems of care may be accepted in lieu of educational minimums.

 

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  • 10 + years of relevent work experience.
  • 2+ years of experience with administration and interpretation of various neuropsychologist tests.
  • Ability to administer and score neuropsychological (cognitive performance) testing is required.
  • Ability to select and apply statistical techniques appropriate to the brain injury research protocols) under development and/or application is required.
  • Knowledge of the principles and theoretical concepts of brain injury pathophysiology, clinical effects and treatment required.
  • General research knowledge with the ability to develop and implement scientifically sound research protocols required. Ability to effectively author professional peer reviewed journal articles, manuscripts, research grant applications, posters, and research reports required.
  • S/he must adhere to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy.
  • US Citizenship is required with the ability to pass a T3 security investigation.

Preferred Skills & Abilities:

  • Prior experience within the DoD/VA systems of care strongly preferred.

 

 

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