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Psychologist 4

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Psychologist 4
Abolished Date: 2010-12-16


This is the supervisory or expert level of the series. Directs and coordinates all activities, including supervision of doctoral level staff, in large psychology department having a multi-functional program; within a Division of Developmental Disabilities residential facility or Division of Mental Health hospital is responsible, institution-wide, for developing, implementing and monitoring performance standards, policies and procedures to ensure cross-unit standardization and quality control in psychological services; or plans, organizes and directs the administrative and therapeutic programs for a mental health residential facility.

Typical Work

Supervises doctoral level psychologists in an institution; directs and coordinates work of psychologists with that of other institution service programs;

Serves as psychological consultant to Clinical Director, Superintendent and medical staff on problems involving psychological services;

Plans, executes, and participates in treatment programs;

Serves as consultant to diagnostic, intake, treatment, and disposition staff;

Provides individual and group psychotherapy to patients;

Does psycho-diagnostic testing of patients and employees;

Participates in training and education of institution staff in psychological field;

Interviews patients' relatives and enlists their aid in rehabilitation of patients;

Participates in clinical staff meetings;

Submits reports to superintendent on activities and problems of psychology programs;

Serves as consultant resource to Ph.D. level unit psychologists;

Designs, conducts, and analyzes research projects;

Sets standards, policies and procedures for facility-wide psychological services;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology


Three years of post-doctoral psychology experience, including one year of experience supervising other professional psychologists


Possession of a license to practice psychology in the state of Washington.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 38160 Psychologist 5, 38200 Psychologist 6; effective June 1, 2005.

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