Psychologist (Clinical) (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210817-6629FP-001


Do you find purpose as a clinician supporting under-served populations? If so, we want you to join our team of dedicated professionals providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) West Region is recruiting one full-time Psychologist located in the Northwest Regional Center in Torrington.

Core Aspects of DDS Psychologists’ Roles:
  • Perform casework providing assessment, consultation, psychotherapy, and family support.
  • Provide professional support through supervision, peer mentoring, staff training and quality reviews.
  • Support the organization through policy development, team membership, and participation on review boards.
  • Act as a liaison between departments and professional networks.
Who we are:
We promote the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of the individuals and families that we serve. DDS psychologists are guided by professional ethics, current research, and legal requirements to ensure the delivery of the best practices in clinical-behavioral services.

The overarching goal is sharing our knowledge about contemporary principles in developmental psychology, mental health treatment, and positive behavioral supports with family caregivers, multidisciplinary teams, and private agencies. Our contributions help to create a holistic understanding of an individual that informs person-centered planning, fosters community inclusion, and enhances quality of life. Our DDS psychologists come from diverse professional backgrounds including hospital, educational, rehabilitative, and community settings.

What We Offer:
Work-Life Balance: This is a 40-hour per week position, on a Monday through Friday schedule. The hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Regular days off are Saturday & Sunday. Work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job.

Leading Comprehensive Benefits: Competitive salary structure, excellent health & dental coverage, generous vacation, personal, and sick time, retirement plan options & more!

Making a Difference in Your Community: Check out what it's like to be a DDS Psychologist in the video below.

Join us as a dedicated professional helping deliver care to individuals with developmental disabilities!

Selection Plan

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Requirement for this position:
  • Must possess and retain a license to practice psychology in Connecticut
  • Have the ability to coordinate clinical services with comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plans
  • Will be required to travel
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Applicants are encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status board daily to monitor their status and check for notices from recruiters. Viewing notices from the board ensures applicants have full visibility of all emailed notices.

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at 860-418-6022 or

If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond,


In a state facility, this class is accountable for performing the full range of psychotherapy or other professional psychological services including diagnostic testing, behavior modification, program development and evaluation, community outreach, education and training, rehabilitation and/or research.


Participates in and coordinates clinical psychological services for complex residential programs or facilities staffed by psychiatric, nursing or other individual care personnel; provides consultation on difficult cases representing complex intellectual, emotional and/or social problems; engages in diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services; attends staff meetings; coordinates psychological treatment modalities with other disciplines and services; develops and implements new service programs; conducts research and reports findings in a manner suitable for professional publication; consults with community agencies and organizations; conducts training sessions for interns and staff and may participate in training of psychiatric residents; may address lay and professional groups; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of abnormal and clinical psychology; considerable knowledge and skill in selection, administration, scoring and evaluation of intelligence, achievement, personality and diagnostic tests; considerable knowledge of psychological research methodology including experimental design, data analysis and application of findings; knowledge of other psychological disciplines; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to make clinical diagnosis and prognosis and develop treatment plans; considerable ability to conduct psychotherapy; considerable ability to write case histories, discharge summaries and professional reports; ability to coordinate clinical services with comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plans.


A doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology and one (1) year of post-doctoral experience as a psychologist working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following experience:
  • Assessment and/or treatment of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric diagnoses.
  • Selecting, administrating, scoring and interpreting cognitive, adaptive, personality and diagnostic tests.
  • Writing psychological reports.
  • Making clinical diagnoses, determining prognosis and developing treatment plans.
  • Working with psychiatric and medical comorbidities, as well as the potential impact on behavioral presentation.
  • Conducting functional assessments and developing positive behavioral support plans and/or providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).
  • Providing clinical consultation and collaborating in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Training staff from varying educational backgrounds.
  • Communicating in writing and verbally to diverse populations and skill levels.
  • Presenting on relevant clinical topics.
  • Working in supervisory/leadership roles.
  • Using computer software systems including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Teams


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice psychology in Connecticut. Any person employed by the State of Connecticut prior to July 1, 1985 with a title in the Psychology series of the classified service shall be exempt from the above licensure requirement pursuant to Public Act 613, Section 119(c). For certain positions the appointing authority may require state licensure.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. § 1320a-7b(f).
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals or inmates; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals or inmates; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.