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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
12.13.2019
This positionis seeking a healthpsychologist (PhD) with interest, training and /or experience integrating behavioral health services into the primary care/specialty care setting. This position will be placed in the Endocrinology and Diabetes...
12.13.2019
The Outpatient Psychologist position will involve 50% Individual/Group Psychotherapy and 50% Psychological Assessment. Conducts psychological evaluations of outpatient and inpatient clients in response to referrals from hospital staff and outside...
11.25.2019
Childrens Specialized Hospital is the nations leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and...
11.18.2019
Responsibilities This position is for a Psychologist II to deliver sleep (e.g., insomnia) protocols on and off campus to the Sleep Research Group within the David Geffen School of Medicine Medicine-VA Wadsworth department. This psychologist...
11.18.2019
Responsibilities This position is for a Psychologist II to deliver sleep (e.g., insomnia) protocols on and off campus to the Sleep Research Group within the David Geffen School of Medicine Medicine-VA Wadsworth department. This psychologist...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Manage and oversee the implementation of a health services intervention which includes: Supervision of all IRB correspondence (UCLA and collaborating sites) Supervision of all clinical and research staff, including oversight of...
12.13.2019
Child/Adolescent Psychologist The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center (EEPC) at MaineGeneral Health, is seeking a full-time, doctoral level Child/Adolescent Psychologist to join our innovative, inter-disciplinary team. The team is dedicated to...
12.13.2019
The Behavioral Psychologist works as an integral member of the multidisciplinary treatment team serving patients on the inpatient Developmental Disorders Unit (DDU) at Spring Harbor Hospital. The DDU serves children and adolescents with autism...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Our psychologist will be responsible with facilitating intervention sessions with patients and their families, follow session protocols, and provide consultations to veterans, family members and community providers. She/he...
11.25.2019
Job Summary Carilion Clinic has a full time Clinical Psychologist opportunity available. Must have licensure as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. Psychologist should demonstrate expertise in play therapy and family therapy and possess a...
11.01.2019
MHP Psychology is an outpatient mental health office serving children (ages 3+) through adults, with opportunities for individual therapy and play therapy as well as psychological testing. Specific psychological tests used include IQ/educational...
10.01.2019
Childrens Specialized Hospital is the nations leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and...
12.13.2019
Continuous Recruitment Cherry Hospital is recruiting for permanent full-time Psychologist positions. Our 24 hour in-patient facility serves adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. The position provides direct service to patients through...
12.13.2019
Rehab/Medical Psychologist Location Sheltering Arms Hospital Hanover City Mechanicsville State/Territory VA Apply Now Medical Psychologist Be Inspired! Located in the Richmond, VA area, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers...
12.14.2019
Responsibilities The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is looking for a licensed psychologist (California State license) to join our team of research staff and clinical fellows within a research clinic at the Department of Psychiatry. You...
  1. Psychologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    This positionis seeking a healthpsychologist (PhD) with interest, training and /or experience integrating behavioral health services into the primary care/specialty care setting. This position will be placed in the Endocrinology and Diabetes...
  2. Psychologist Des Moines, IA Broadlawn's Medical Center
    The Outpatient Psychologist position will involve 50% Individual/Group Psychotherapy and 50% Psychological Assessment. Conducts psychological evaluations of outpatient and inpatient clients in response to referrals from hospital staff and outside...
  3. Psychologist Mountainside, NJ Children's Specialized Hospital
    Childrens Specialized Hospital is the nations leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and...
  4. Psychologist II Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities This position is for a Psychologist II to deliver sleep (e.g., insomnia) protocols on and off campus to the Sleep Research Group within the David Geffen School of Medicine Medicine-VA Wadsworth department. This psychologist...
  5. Psychologist II Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities This position is for a Psychologist II to deliver sleep (e.g., insomnia) protocols on and off campus to the Sleep Research Group within the David Geffen School of Medicine Medicine-VA Wadsworth department. This psychologist...
  6. Psychologist Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities Manage and oversee the implementation of a health services intervention which includes: Supervision of all IRB correspondence (UCLA and collaborating sites) Supervision of all clinical and research staff, including oversight of...
  7. Child Psychologist Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    Child/Adolescent Psychologist The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center (EEPC) at MaineGeneral Health, is seeking a full-time, doctoral level Child/Adolescent Psychologist to join our innovative, inter-disciplinary team. The team is dedicated to...
  8. Behavioral Psychologist - Developmental Disorders Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The Behavioral Psychologist works as an integral member of the multidisciplinary treatment team serving patients on the inpatient Developmental Disorders Unit (DDU) at Spring Harbor Hospital. The DDU serves children and adolescents with autism...
  9. Psychologist II Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities Our psychologist will be responsible with facilitating intervention sessions with patients and their families, follow session protocols, and provide consultations to veterans, family members and community providers. She/he...
  10. Clinical Psychologist - Child & Adolescent Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Job Summary Carilion Clinic has a full time Clinical Psychologist opportunity available. Must have licensure as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. Psychologist should demonstrate expertise in play therapy and family therapy and possess a...
  11. Staff Psychologist Shelbyville, IN Major Health Partners
    MHP Psychology is an outpatient mental health office serving children (ages 3+) through adults, with opportunities for individual therapy and play therapy as well as psychological testing. Specific psychological tests used include IQ/educational...
  12. Psychologist (PD) Mountainside, NJ Children's Specialized Hospital
    Childrens Specialized Hospital is the nations leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and...
  13. Psychologist Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Continuous Recruitment Cherry Hospital is recruiting for permanent full-time Psychologist positions. Our 24 hour in-patient facility serves adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. The position provides direct service to patients through...
  14. Rehab/Medical Psychologist Mechanicsville, VA Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers
    Rehab/Medical Psychologist Location Sheltering Arms Hospital Hanover City Mechanicsville State/Territory VA Apply Now Medical Psychologist Be Inspired! Located in the Richmond, VA area, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers...
  15. Psychologist II Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is looking for a licensed psychologist (California State license) to join our team of research staff and clinical fellows within a research clinic at the Department of Psychiatry. You...