Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

United States

Licensed Clinical Psychologist for LAC+USC Medical Center / Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (Clinician Educator)

Keck School of Medicine Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

The USC Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is seeking a California-licensed clinical psychologist to provide outpatient mental health services to adult patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions and comorbid medical conditions at LAC+USC Medical Center. The chosen candidate will work in both an integrated care service with internal medicine clinics and in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic (AOPC) at LAC+USC Medical Center. For a limited time, individual psychotherapy with children and adolescents (including initial assessments and continuing treatment sessions) may be conducted at the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic (CAOPC) at LAC+USC Medical Center. The psychologist will work closely with resident physicians in psychiatry to perform psychosocial evaluations: conduct psychological, neuropsychological, cognitive, and diagnostic assessments; provide short-term evidence-based psychotherapies; lead psychotherapy groups; conduct psychoeducational interventions; consult with psychiatry and internal medicine physicians in the ongoing management of behavioral health issues; and work with multidisciplinary teams in treatment planning.

Essential Functions:

  • Reports to clinic, division, and department leadership
  • Conducts initial diagnostic evaluations and biopsychosocial assessments, develops treatment plans, and provides short-term evidence-based psychological interventions
  • Conducts psychological, neuropsychological, cognitive, and diagnostic testing; interprets test results, and prepares brief assessment reports
  • Provides individual and group therapy, as indicated
  • Evaluates crisis situations and intervenes appropriately
  • Completes timely documentation and billing in accordance with clinic, department, and medical center policies
  • Maintains appropriate clinical records and complies with all relevant regulatory policies and procedures
  • Participates in clinical outcome evaluations
  • Collaborates and consults with other mental health and medical providers
  • Participates in multidisciplinary case conferences and clinic meetings
  • Attends and contributes to department and division meetings, fostering clinical objectives and a consultative collegial environment
  • Participates in USC Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds
  • Provides education to psychiatry residents and students via didactic lectures
  • May oversee staff, students, volunteers, agencies and/or resource employees
  • Participates in yearly peer review and quality improvement activities
  • Participates in annual merit review

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited program
  • Completion of an APA-accredited internship
  • Licensed in California
  • Well-developed clinical skills and experience utilizing evidenced-based interventions for the treatment of mental health conditions
  • Works effectively in a highly diverse, multicultural, and LGBTQIA affirmative environment
  • Interest and skill in an integrated approach to care

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working within a hospital or medical system environment
  • Excellent diagnostic skills and knowledge of DSM-5
  • Resilient, self-aware, and able to thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Experience working with issues related to chronic medical illness, new medical diagnosis, and/or providing short-term psychotherapy interventions
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice and to professional integrity 
  • Desire to continue to grow as a professional; committed to excellence and lifelong learning
  • Strong communication skills
  • Foreign language skills are a plus

This is a full-time clinical position at the LAC+USC Medical Center with a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Salary is competitive and contingent on experience. A generous benefits package includes health insurance, sick time, paid vacation, and professional days. THIS IS NOT A REMOTE POSITION.

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.  All genders, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Apply here and upload CV and 3 references.  For further inquiries email Mary Nguyen at

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