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Psychologist Overview

 

Psychology studies the mind and behavior, embracing all aspects of the human experience. Its studies encompass everything from the functioning of the brain to the actions of nations, from the developmental stages of a child to care for the elderly.

Understanding behavior is the purview of Psychologists, whether they are working in scientific research centers or mental health care service positions.

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Responsibilities

 

While a psychologist will traditionally treat patients with mental or emotional issues, they may also serve as research scientists in the phenomenon of human and non-human behavior.

Psychologists study how humans relate to each other and to the environment around them, including human relations to machines, and how these relationships are improved.

Psychologists concentrate on behaviors that affect the mental health and emotional well-being, as well as mental functioning, of healthy human beings.

When doing research, psychologists follow the scientific method, using careful observation, controlled experimentation and precise analysis.

Their theories of human behavior are tested through their research. As new information is gleaned, psychologists’ findings are incorporated into the body of knowledge that active practitioners call upon in their clinical work with patients and clients.

The field of psychology is tremendously varied. Psychologists perform both basic and applied research, and serve as consultants to communities and organizations.

They diagnose and treat patients with mental or emotional issues, test intelligence and personality traits. Some Psychologists choose to teach future psychologists and other students.

Psychologists are excellent resources for information needed to understand different cultures in an increasingly diverse population.

A psychologist has many avenues open to him or her when it comes to deciding on a setting in which to practice. Some of the different career options available within the profession include:

  • Working with business executives, athletes and performers to improve performance and relieve stress.

  • Advising lawyers on jury selection

  • Collaborating with educators to design school reforms

  • Grief and trauma counseling, such as working with victims after a traumatic event such as a plane crash or a school shooting

  • Working with law enforcement to analyze the causes of certain events

  • Collaborating with public health officials to devise plans for coping with and preventing reoccurrence of disastrous events

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Skills

 

Since psychologists encounter a wide range of people with a variety of problems, they must have a long list of skills that allows them to interact with people effectively and treat emotional and psychological issues. Along with professional skills, psychologists need interpersonal skills, and to be ethical and stable people.

Their skills include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Empathy

Must be very compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Emotional Stability

Must be emotionally stable so they can help others who are not. Must be a solid foundation and be able to handle stress and separate personal emotion so as to stay objective and be effective in treatment.

Ethics

Psychologists must have a solid ethical code and keep sessions with patients confidential as they can greatly affect people's lives. Must know that there could be consequences for error.

Interpersonal

Must be able to work well with people and meet with them on an emotional level and interact with them effectively.

Open-Mindedness

Psychologists interact with a range of people from all walks of life, therefore they must be open-minded and tolerant of different cultures and circumstances. Since they are in a research field, they must be open to new studies and findings as to adapt with changing times.

Trustworthiness

People have to trust their psychologist. The job is all about inspiring patients to confide in you and trust you with their problems. If you aren't trustworthy, you will never make it as a Psychologist.

Patience

Psychologists need to be very patient due to long sessions with patients and the research needed to become a better professional. They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time.

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Working Conditions

 

Independent practice is the preferred employment setting for many Psychologists. They may also work in collaboration with these professionals:

  • Physicians

  • Scientists

  • Lawyers

  • Computer experts

  • School personnel

  • Engineers

  • Policymakers

  • Managers

Psychologists commonly work in the following environments:

  • Hospitals

  • Laboratories

  • Courtrooms

  • Public and private schools

  • Colleges and universities

  • Community health centers

  • Assisted living facilities

  • Prisons

  • Corporate offices

Most psychologists profess to be very satisfied with their work, citing the variety in daily tasks and the flexibility of their schedules as major pluses in favor of the profession.

Their interest is fascinated by the exciting changes happening in the field, from adapting technology to work in conjunction with humans to psychologists working as part of a primary health care team.

Psychologists are working to find answers to research questions in such areas as perception, prevention and learning, helping educators train the next generations through the use of new technology and knowledge. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
05.21.2018
As a PhD or PsyD level Psychologist, you will: Operate in a multidisciplinary setting to address mental health needs to children and/or teens with learning, behavioral, social and/or emotional issues Engage in psychotherapy with children and/or...
05.23.2018
A psychologist in this role will be involved in the provision of behavioral health treatment services, including psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation.
04.29.2016
The Pain Clinic Psychologist will carry out psycho-diagnostic and psycho-therapeutic activities for the Anesthesia Pain Medicine Service. The Psychologist will develop psychological assessments and cognitive treatments in parallel with other...
06.02.2018
Must be bilingual Spanish/English. Prefer early childhood experience Responsible for mental health care and education. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include Neonate,...
05.03.2018
St. Vincent Healthcare seeks an experienced and passionate NeuroPyschologist to join our established and busy Behavioral Health team in a turnkey practice integrated with hospital services.  Our hospital-employed position is...
06.15.2018
Reports to department leadership and is responsible for clinical assessment, therapy, and consultation in a pediatric practice setting or other CHKD affiliated practice. In addition this candidate must be proficient in integrating data from...
06.18.2018
The Coordinator Pain Psychologist Services is responsible for planning, prioritizing, and implementing behavioral health and integrated care services in the Neuro Pain Clinic. Provides administrative direction and lead efforts to build the...
06.11.2018
The Psychologist provides professional counseling and psychological testing to assigned patients and families when indicated utilizing therapeutic intervention skills and techniques appropriate for his/her professional license. The Psychologist...
06.06.2018
The primary function of the Psychologist will be to provide psychotherapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, parents, and families. Most of the children served in Child Behavioral Health have comorbid medical complexities. This position...
06.13.2018
Post Doctoral Fellow position. Under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist, provide full psychological assessment, diagnosis, and therapy, case management services, referral, and follow-up for acute, chronic, or moderately disturbed mentally...
06.12.2018
Holly Hill Hospital is part of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating more than 200 facilities which include acute care hospitals, behavioral health...
06.15.2018
Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Maine Medical Partners Portland, ME Full Time, Days Maine Medical Partners is seeking a Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care in Portland. This is...
04.09.2018
The position is responsible for patient assessment, psychological testing and treatment. Provides individual, family and group behavioral treatment, patient and community, and student education. Supervisory/Management Responsibilities This...
05.22.2018
Performs initial and concurrent evaluations and documents that assessment utilizing evaluation methods that are appropriate to the patient's age, education, cultural and ethnic background, medical status and functional ability. Documents all...
06.18.2018
CentraCare Health is looking for Psychologists who have excitement about Behavioral Health Service Delivery in Primary Care and other settings! Our program is continuously expanding, please apply for more information about current sites...
  1. Psychologist Twin Cities Metro, MN PrairieCare
    As a PhD or PsyD level Psychologist, you will: Operate in a multidisciplinary setting to address mental health needs to children and/or teens with learning, behavioral, social and/or emotional issues Engage in psychotherapy with children and/or...
  2. Staff Psychologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    A psychologist in this role will be involved in the provision of behavioral health treatment services, including psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and consultation.
  3. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Pain Clinic Psychologist will carry out psycho-diagnostic and psycho-therapeutic activities for the Anesthesia Pain Medicine Service. The Psychologist will develop psychological assessments and cognitive treatments in parallel with other...
  4. PSYCHOLOGIST Albuquerque, NM The University of New Mexico Hospitals
    Must be bilingual Spanish/English. Prefer early childhood experience Responsible for mental health care and education. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include Neonate,...
  5. Psychologist Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    St. Vincent Healthcare seeks an experienced and passionate NeuroPyschologist to join our established and busy Behavioral Health team in a turnkey practice integrated with hospital services.  Our hospital-employed position is...
  6. Clinical Psychologist NORFOLK, VA Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Health System
    Reports to department leadership and is responsible for clinical assessment, therapy, and consultation in a pediatric practice setting or other CHKD affiliated practice. In addition this candidate must be proficient in integrating data from...
  7. Pain Psychologist (Coordinator) St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    The Coordinator Pain Psychologist Services is responsible for planning, prioritizing, and implementing behavioral health and integrated care services in the Neuro Pain Clinic. Provides administrative direction and lead efforts to build the...
  8. Psychologist (FT 100%) Adena Counseling Center Chillicothe, OH Adena Health System
    The Psychologist provides professional counseling and psychological testing to assigned patients and families when indicated utilizing therapeutic intervention skills and techniques appropriate for his/her professional license. The Psychologist...
  9. Clinical Psychologist Springfield, MA Baystate Medical Center
    The primary function of the Psychologist will be to provide psychotherapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, parents, and families. Most of the children served in Child Behavioral Health have comorbid medical complexities. This position...
  10. CLIN PSYCHOLOGIST PRE LICEN Albuquerque, NM The University of New Mexico Hospitals
    Post Doctoral Fellow position. Under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist, provide full psychological assessment, diagnosis, and therapy, case management services, referral, and follow-up for acute, chronic, or moderately disturbed mentally...
  11. PSYCHOLOGIST (Contrated Position) Raleigh, NC Holly Hill Hospital
    Holly Hill Hospital is part of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating more than 200 facilities which include acute care hospitals, behavioral health...
  12. Clinical Psychologist-Pediatric Specialty Care Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Maine Medical Partners Portland, ME Full Time, Days Maine Medical Partners is seeking a Clinical Psychologist Pediatric Specialty Care in Portland. This is...
  13. PSYCHOLOGIST Greenville, SC Greenville Health System
    The position is responsible for patient assessment, psychological testing and treatment. Provides individual, family and group behavioral treatment, patient and community, and student education. Supervisory/Management Responsibilities This...
  14. PSYCHOLOGIST Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Performs initial and concurrent evaluations and documents that assessment utilizing evaluation methods that are appropriate to the patient's age, education, cultural and ethnic background, medical status and functional ability. Documents all...
  15. PSYCHOLOGIST St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    CentraCare Health is looking for Psychologists who have excitement about Behavioral Health Service Delivery in Primary Care and other settings! Our program is continuously expanding, please apply for more information about current sites...