Job Posting: SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST-Neuropsychology

Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero


$9,247.00 - $10,820.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Permanent, Full-time Senior Psychologist Specialist – Neuropsychology Section will be directed by the Chief of Psychology and/or delegated Senior Psychologist, Supervisor in the Department of Centralized Psychological Assessment Services. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties but not limited to:
• Provide centralized, hospital-wide neuropsychological assessment of patients by referral from treatment teams and unit psychologists
• Medical chart reviews, clinical neuropsychological patient interviews
• Diagnose neuropsychological impairment, develop and recommend patient-specific clinical management interventions
• Communicate neuropsychological evaluation results via written and, as needed, via oral reports
• Continually assess neuropsychological instruments 
• Consultation regarding neuropsychological evaluations and/or rehabilitation
• Provide assessment support and consultation
• Consultation to Psychology Department, hospital administration, and other staff regarding the functioning of the Neuropsychology Service
• Provide cognitive remediation treatment/training
• The Senior Psychologist Specialist in Neuropsychology will provide advanced training in the selection, administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessment procedures and other neuropsychological issues as requested
• Development of aggregate databases for neuropsychological assessment and cognitive screening data

In order to be considered for this job vacancy, you must satisfy one of the following requirements:
1. BE LIST ELIGIBLE: Successfully complete the competitive State civil service exam pertaining to this classification at , OR
2. BE TRANSFER ELIGIBLE: Have current employment with the State of California in the same classification or in a classification that is comparable (employees who wish to be considered based on transfer eligibility must meet the minimum qualifications of the classification per DPA Rule 250), OR
3. BE REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBLE: Have obtained previous permanent employment with the State of California in the same classification or in a classification that is comparable.

*Minimum qualifications will be verified prior to being scheduled for an interview. Please provide proof of minimum qualifications with your application submission, which may include a copy of your unofficial college transcripts.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: License: Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the California Board of Psychology and possession of an earned Doctorate Degree in Psychology from an educational institution meeting the criteria of Section 2914 of the Medical Board of California's Business and Professions Code. Individuals who do not qualify for licensure by the California Board of Psychology or who are in the process of securing this license will be admitted into the examination and may be appointed, but must secure a valid license within three years of an appointment or the employment shall be terminated. For persons employed less than full time, an extension of a waiver of licensure may be granted for additional years proportional to the extent of part-time employment, as long as the person is employed without interruption in service, but in no case shall the waiver exceed five years. (Unlicensed individuals who are recruited from outside the State of California and who qualify for licensure may take the examination and may be appointed for a maximum of two years at which time licensure shall have been obtained or the employment shall be terminated. Additionally, they must take the licensure examination at the earliest possible date after the date of employment.) and Experience: Either 1. One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Psychologist (Health Facility) (any specialty), or Staff Psychologist (any specialty); or 2. Two years of postdoctoral, postinternship experience in the practice of psychology involving assessment and treatment and either training, research, consultation, or program planning in mental health services.

*If it is determined that an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications, the applicant’s name may be removed from the eligibility list.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$9,247.00 - $10,820.00 U Salary shown is from the State of California Civil Service Pay Scale and may be subject to a reduction due to collective bargaining.  Additional information regarding appointment salary is available upon receipt of a contingent job offer.
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San Luis Obispo County
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Permanent, Full Time
DSH - Atascadero

Department Information

The Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero is a secure public sector hospital providing inpatient forensic services for mentally ill adult males who are court committed throughout the State of California. Located on the central coast of California, the Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero is in the vicinity of destination locations such as San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Morro Bay, with easy access to beautiful beaches, serene natural settings and many historical landmarks. We invite you to join our professional and talented workforce. 

For more information about the Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero, go to

Department Website:

Special Requirements

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  The Medical Staff of DSH-Atascadero requires Psychology candidates meet the Medical Staff criteria for privileging set forth in the facility Bylaws.  Candidates who are applying for both licensed and unlicensed positions must submit the items listed in the Required Application Documents below.  
You must meet Medical Staff Privileging criteria for Neuropsychological Evaluation.

You MUST include a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes months and years of experience.

You MUST submit transcripts from doctoral institution and a copy of your graduate diploma with your application.

You MUST submit two (2) example patient neuropsychological reports with all patient identifiers redacted.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero
Attn: DSH - Atascadero Employment Office
P.O. Box 7005
Atascadero, CA 93423-7005

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

DSH - Atascadero Employment Office
10333 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other - You MUST include a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes months and years of experience.
  • Other - You MUST submit transcripts from doctoral institution and a copy of your graduate diploma with your application.
  • Other - You MUST submit two (2) example patient neuropsychological reports with all patient identifiers redacted.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


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Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
DSH-Atascadero Employment Office
(805) 468-3384

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Stephan Saunders
(805) 468-2007
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


All interested candidates must submit a Standard State Application Form (STD. 678), with original signature, and indicate Permanent/Full Time Senior Psychologist Specialist- Neuropsychology Section AND 455-463-9839-VAR AND JC#215256 in the Examination/Job Title Section AND You MUST include a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes months and years of experience AND transcripts from doctoral institution and a copy of your graduate diploma with your application AND two (2) example patient neuropsychological reports with all patient identifiers redacted.

*Applications postmarked on the final filing date will be accepted. Scanned, copied or faxed applications will not be accepted.

*Applications will be screened and only the most competitive will be offered an interview.

*Any limited-term appointments may transition in to a permanent appointment.


Selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal history review utilizing Live Scan fingerprinting.


This position requires candidates to pass a Medical Evaluation.  You will be required to submit to a Medical Evaluation and receive clearance prior to being hired.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail