Occ. Code 6160300
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, GRADE 25
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
Licensed Psychologists, under general direction
of a higher level clinician or administrator, supervise and/or provide psychological
services in various settings. In addition to assessment and treatment, they
provide clinical leadership; program management; forensic or court-ordered assessments,
treatment and expert testimony; disability, neuropsychological or education
evaluation and interpretations; specialized assessment (functional, personality,
risk, competency, vocational, educational); design and application of behavioral
technology and other appropriate specialized psychological interventions; consultation
to other agencies; peer review and other psychological services.
Incumbents may provide services requiring
expertise in behavioral technology, neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology,
geropsychology, sexual offense treatment, cognitive rehabilitation, trauma,
or substance and/or chemical abuse programs.
Licensed Psychologists are primarily found
in the Offices of Mental Health, and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST: licensed,
and currently registered to practice psychology in NYS; and performs those duties
associated with licensure.
Associate Psychologists and Psychologists
2, Grade 23, provide psychological services to a variety of people receiving
services in State-operated, certified, or licensed programs and facilities under
the general supervision of a licensed clinician. Independence, types and levels
of services provided are determined by the education credentials and experience
a Psychologist has attained.
Associate Psychologists are required to
have a Doctorate in psychology and either a one year, full-time clinical internship
or traineeship or one year of psychology experience in a clinical setting under
the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
Psychologists 2 are required to have a Masters
Degree in psychology and three years of post-Master's Degree experience in a
clinical, correctional or school setting.
Duties vary based on the agency in
which the Licensed Psychologist is employed.
When employed by the Office of Mental
Health, incumbents perform duties in any of these four basic areas generally
as a part of the treatment team to ensure an integrated multi-disciplinary approach
to psychiatric care, including treatment planning and implementation:
Clinical Leadership/Program Management
- Provides clinical and/or administrative leadership for
non-licensed psychology staff including triage of referrals; assigns and supervises
cases; determine priorities; establishes and maintains program procedures;
prepares verbal and written reports, treatment plan and progress note reviews;
attends patient progress meetings; provides training; develops recommendations
on policies and standards; designs, implements and evaluates programs; and/or
serves as liaison with other operating units.
- Supervises and provides clinical and/or administrative
leadership for staff in outpatient day treatment programs, clinics, shared
staffing programs or mobile mental health teams; develops policies and procedures;
ensures compliance with all federal, State, or other regulatory requirements;
and supervises or provides psychological testing.
- May serve as assistant to psychology department head
or assistant psychology department head providing administrative and/or clinical
supervision to psychology staff.
- Supervises, trains and evaluates doctoral psychology
interns in the American Psychological Association (APA) internship program
and psychology extern personnel including screening, interviewing, and selecting
candidates; conducts meetings and didactic seminars; responsible for program
development and/or coordination and provides individual and group supervision/evaluation.
- Provides psychology expertise in reviewing research proposals
and protocols and serve on facility Institutional Review Board making decisions
on specific research proposals.
- Provides clinical consultation and training for clinical
staff, agencies, self-help groups, families and the community in defined areas
of clinical psychology expertise.
Forensic or Other Court-Ordered Assessment,
Treatment or Testimony
- Performs psychological services required by Criminal
Procedure Law (CPL); act as psychiatric examiner and provide court assessment
and testimony pursuant to Sections 330.20 and 730 of the CPL including testing,
competency, commitment, placement, crisis intervention, privileges, conditional
release, parole evaluation, and readiness for discharge.
- Serves on Hospital Forensic Committees pursuant to Section
540.3 of the Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York deciding
standards of patient care and privileging of patients having CPL status.
- Supervises or conducts court-ordered evaluations, serves
as expert witness and makes recommendations to the court.
- Prepares and makes court recommendations on child custody
determinations and/or delinquency or Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS)
Specialized Psychological Evaluations
- Conducts psychological testing for the Social Security
Administration to determine the existence of mental disability.
- Conducts neuropsychological, disability, and other specialized
psychological evaluations including functional, personality, risk, clinical,
competency, and vocational assessments.
- Conducts individual psychological evaluations for the
purposes of educational planning to describe a students developmental, learning,
behavioral and other personality characteristics.
Provision of Specialized Psychological
- Serves as psychologist to a particular program area or
areas; collaborates with state or local agency and school directors to coordinate
mental health services; and provides clinical consultation to agency staff.
- Conducts court-ordered psychological evaluations, determinations
of competency, risk assessments (commitment, placement, crisis intervention),
guardianship and custody.
- Provides psychological services requiring expertise in
such areas as neuro-psychology, cognitive rehabilitation, child and adolescent
psychology, sexual offense treatment, trauma, gero-psychology and/or MICA
including assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment planning, psychotherapy,
crisis intervention and discharge planning.
When employed by the Office of Mental
Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, incumbents perform duties in the
Independently selects, administers,
scores and interprets psychological evaluation instruments in order to provide
a comprehensive assessment of persons in the following areas:
- Provides functional assessments of skills and deficits,
including language, cognitive functioning, behavioral repertoire, intellectual
abilities, and social/interactional skills.
- Performs neuro-psychological assessments of organic brain
- Evaluates learning disabilities.
- Completes personality assessments.
- Completes risk assessments to determine a person's liability
living in a community setting.
- Completes clinical assessments, including mental status
and interpretation of data to assist in differential diagnosis.
- Assesses competency.
- Assesses the effect of medication therapies on behaviors
to provide input into medication monitoring.
- Assesses developmental disabilities and educational deficits.
- Completes guardianship affidavits.
- Evaluates children or adults when sexual contact has
- Evaluates eligibility for services under OMRDD
- Evaluates vocational interests, potential and skills.
- Completes forensic assessments as required by public,
family or criminal laws.
- Performs psychological duties such as probation reports,
determination of dangerousness due to mental disease or defect, fitness to
proceed (with own defense) and need for involuntary admission;
- Provides expert witness testimony as needed by the court
on the provision of service and treatment including objection to treatment
- Conducts court ordered examinations, prepares court ordered
- Completes pre-parole mental status evaluations; and post-parole
- Provides individual, group and/or family psychotherapy
or counseling, including arson or sexual offender treatment.
- Designs and applies behavioral technology, including
behavioral management and behavioral skills training.
- Designs and implements habilitative programs.
- Designs and implements psycho-educational programs.
- Provides psychological consultation to the interdisciplinary
- Provides psychological programs for remediation and
optimization of effective learning in special education programs, including
membership on the Committee for Special Education.
- Designs and evaluates optimal treatment environments.
- Evaluates efficacy of treatment.
- Provides crisis intervention.
Clinical Leadership/Program Management
- Supervises psychological services performed by non-licensed
staff and trainees under the direction of the Chief or Principal Psychologist.
- Serves on Forensic and Behavior Management Committees
- Develops and conducts courses, seminars and workshops
for all levels of direct care staff.
- Provides didactic components of training necessary
for psychology internship and license eligibility of doctoral staff.
- Provides consultation and training to agencies, self-help
groups, families and the community.
Open Competitive: Current
license to practice psychology issued by the New York State Department of
Promotion: Current license
to practice psychology issued by the New York State Department of Education
one year of permanent competitive or 55(b)(c)
service as an Associate Psychologist or Psychologist 2.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate
the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they
describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be
appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those
which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard
was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information
on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.