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Postdoctoral Fellow - Columbus - Forensic Psychologist

Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of - DBHDD


The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Forensic Psychology Fellow at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of a licensed forensic psychologist, providing clinical and forensic psychological services to an inpatient program of 40 AMH and 154 Secure beds (male and female), with the following specialties: Conduct court-ordered evaluations and expert testimony to State, Superior and Juvenile courts, as needed, regarding opinions of competency to stand trial and degree of criminal responsibility (i.e., sanity); Supervises assigned inpatient clinical staff, as able and needed; Conduct violence risk assessments and other clinical or forensic psychological evaluations; Provide group and/or individual psychotherapy with forensic inpatients or outpatients, as needed; and, Other clinical/forensic psychological services as able and needed.

 Job Responsibilities:
  • Consults reference material such as textbooks, manuals, and journals in order to identify symptoms, to make diagnoses, and to develop approaches to treatment
  • Counsels individuals and groups regarding problems such as stress, substance abuse, and family situations, in order to modify behavior and/or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment
  • Develops and implements individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy
  • Discusses the treatment of problems with clients
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary
  • Identifies psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials
  • Interacts with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment
  • Observes individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment
  • Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing individuals, couples, or families, and by reviewing records
  • Provides occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans

This position is located at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus, Georgia.


About Columbus 



Columbus is merely an hour and a half away from Atlanta and Montgomery. It is seated on the Chattahoochee River, our border with Alabama. Known as the “Fountain City,” Columbus has a picturesque, historic downtown and plenty of charm. 


Columbus benefits from its immediate proximity to Ft. Benning. The military heritage in the area includes the National Infantry Museum and the Civil War Naval Museum. Additionally, Columbus is heavily impacted by collegiate life. Having a major university like Auburn University so close can readily be felt. Columbus State University (CSU) has a profound impact on the city, from elevating the lively atmosphere and aesthetic of downtown to the cultural influence of top-notch fine arts programs. It’s easy to enjoy a show at the Springer Opera House or a performance at the RiverCenter.


The Columbus area hosts numerous options for the active. A stretch of the Chattahoochee River that flows through downtown is longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world and has been rated as the world’s best manmade whitewater course. Above the river are zip-lines that whisk the adventurous to a ropes course on the Alabama side then back to Georgia. Columbus also has large CrossFit, cycling, and distance running communities, which benefit from the paved Chattahoochee RiverWalk and Fall Line Trace that constitute 15- and 11-mile trails. Flat Rock Park is host to hiking trails, over 10 miles of mountain biking trails, and a disc golf course, among other things.


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Full-time employment offers participation in a full range of quality, cost effective employee benefits including:

  • access to a variety of comprehensive healthcare plans best suiting your/your families’ needs
  • flexible benefits program offering a wide range of coverages/levels to advance total wellness for you and your family including vision, dental, life insurance, AD&D, short and long-term disability, long term care, critical illness, legal and flexible spending accounts
  • retirement and savings plans encompassing both a defined benefit pension plan and defined contribution 401(k) plan with an employer match of up to 5%
  • lucrative paid time off program aimed at maximizing productivity inside and outside the workplace including 13 holidays, annual and sick leave accrual beginning at 15 days per year, with annual leave increasing to a max of 21 days at 10 years, up to 3 weeks paid parental leave in a 12-month period, and
  • work-life balance programs through wellness, employee assistance program and flexible work schedules.     

There are also professional developments programs supporting professional and personal growth. 


Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer





Doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited college or university AND completion of an APA-approved psychology internship.

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