General Dynamics Information Technology Clinical Research Psychologist in Portsmouth, Virginia

Job Description

The Clinical Research Psychologist shall train, supervise and deliver Traumatic Management Therapy and coordinate study procedures for the following project: randomized controlled trial comparing the effects of group based cognitive processing therapy to trauma management therapy in reducing negative symptoms and promoting emotional management in military service members with PTSD. The research psychologist will work primarily at NMCP but will also travel to surrounding clinics and military facilities.

Activities to accomplish this task order involve the following:

  • Provide consultation, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning for all disorders defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders to adults (including, but not limited to): Organic mental disorders, Psychotic disorders, Schizophrenia, Delusional disorders, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Somatoform disorders, Psychoactive substance use disorders, Sleep disorders, Factitious disorders, Impulse control disorders, Psychological factors affecting physical condition, Disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood, or adolescence that manifest in an adult patient such as, eating disorders and gender-identity disorders, Conditions not attributable to a mental disorder that are a focus of attention or treatmen, Sexual disorders, Adjustment disorders, Personality disorders, Dissociative disorders, Post-traumatic stress syndrome,

  • Provides diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (including but not limited to): Interviewing, Major types of psychotherapy including: short term, long term, psychodynamic, family, marital, group, individual and behavioral therapy. Community outreach (e.g., health promotion and command consultation), Mental status examination, Crisis intervention, Case management, Medical discharge planning, Psychosocial history taking, Psychological test administration and interpretation. Responsible for the conduct of research, the collection, accuracy, and analysis of research data, and reporting of said data in the DMH.

  • Write and prepare research applications, conducts literature searches for background information, conducts research, collects and analyzes data, performs statistical analyses, performs scientific writing and manuscript preparation, and submit completed manuscripts to academic journals or other sources as appropriate.

  • Retrieve, sort and collects data from hard copy and electronic database.

  • Manage data processing applications, maintain hard copy and electronic files and is accountable for accurate and timely processing of all research data.

  • Use advanced and varied functions of several software programs like Microsoft Excel, graphics programs such as Microsoft Power Point, and statistical software such as SPSS in order to analyze data and produce reports.

  • Perform a variety of duties concerned with the collection, analysis, evaluation and dissemination of DMH-related research.

  • Serve as an investigator on protocols related to human research.

  • Provide technical support for these studies to include investigator training, procedural assistance, data collection, presentation preparation, scientific writing, and publication.

  • Collect and maintain data for ongoing research and academic protocols in the DMH.

  • Establish and maintain electronic records of current and past research, academic activities such as lectures and training courses, and publications, including original research, case reports, text books, letters to the editor, book chapters, etc.

  • Assist investigators with protocol design, to include research questions, background, literature searches, experimental procedures and data sheet design.

  • Maintain research packets for use by investigators in the DMH.

  • Contact study enrolled patients via telephone, email, or in person as needed for data collection for research protocols.

  • Alert investigators to Institutional Review Board (IRB) deadlines, by serving as liaison between the Clinical Investigation Department and the DMH.

  • Assist investigators with or independently create and prepare materials for initial reviews, continuing reviews, and terminations of research protocols as required by the IRB or IACUC.

  • Establish schedules to meet required protocol timeframes, facility availability, and investigator work schedules.

  • Receive individual assignments from Staff and Residents which involve specialized and/or short-term studies; identifies information sources, collects, researches and assembles background data; creates special study reports, which may also include other departments within the command or BUMED. These reports may require in-depth analysis.

  • Prepare budgets for research protocols and obtain research grants by preparing and writing protocol applications.

  • Function as the administrator for all research assistants and research coordinators, temporary or permanent, when working on DMH projects.

  • Provide oversight to DMH residents or Psychology Trainees in the conduct of research, data collection and data compilation. This oversight will ensure adherence to government and institutionally-mandated rules and regulations, the protection of human and animal subjects, and the maintenance of patient confidentiality.

  • Provide other duties that are within the scope of work.


  • Possess a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology.


  • Must possess a valid, unrestricted license or certification to practice as a psychologist in any one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Experience with Trauma Management Therapy similar to the therapy discussed in the following reference preferred:

  • Beidel, D. C., Frueh, B. C., Uhde, T. W., Wong, N., & Mentrikoski, J. M. (2011). Multicomponent behavioral treatment for chronic combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25(2), 224-31. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.09.006.

  • Working knowledge of U.S. Federal government regulations regarding the conduct of human clinical research.

  • Complete MTF provided human subject protection training developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) within one month from start date.

  • Knowledge of Federal regulations regarding the ethical conduct of research on humans.

  • Knowledge of the data collection techniques to identify and analyze problems, apply solutions, identify trends, and prepare charts and graphs utilizing available software programs such as Microsoft Office Suite

  • Knowledge of Navy and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and Directorate of Mental Health policies and procedures is preferable, but not required

  • Knowledge of the Directorate of Mental Health functions in order to comprehend the scope of care and interactions of this directorate is preferable, but not required.

  • Skill in scientific writing and ability to use literature search databases in order to prepare research proposals, applications, presentation preparation, and manuscripts evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals, completed thesis/dissertation work (or equivalent), or endorsement of strong formal writing skill by previous employers or academic advisors.

  • Skill in using advanced and varied functions of several software programs such as Microsoft Excel, graphics programs such as Microsoft Power Point, and statistical software such as SPSS in order to organize and analyze data and produce reports.

  • Work requires concentration, periods of standing and walking on a regular basis. Must work well under pressure, often changing conditions and research workload.

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors.With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services.GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

Requisition ID2018-36553

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Job FunctionScience and Engineering

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