Lead Psychologist

Behavioral HealthPediatric Psychology Dalton, Georgia


Hamilton Health Care System, Inc.

Job Description and Performance Standards


Title: Lead Child Psychologist 664916414

Department:  Anna Shaw Children’s Institute (ASCI)

Reports To:  ASCI Practice Manager and ASCI Medical Director

Shift:  8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday-Friday

Status:  Full Time


The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute (ASCI) is a developmental behavioral practice and an affiliate of Hamilton Healthcare System, Inc. (“HHCS”).  ASCI was created as a responsive entity to meet the medical and psychiatric pediatric care services needed for children with developmental delays and/or the behavioral issues related to those delays within Dalton, Georgia and the surrounding region.  Additionally, the ASCI will provide Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapy services to the same pediatric population.

As an essential member of the care team, the Lead Child Psychologist will provide supervision of the psychology department, including psychologists, social workers, board certified behavior analysts, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, board certified assistant behavior analysts, psychometrists and/or administrative support.  Responsible for the clinical and financial operations of the department. Additionally, the manager will assess and provide recommendations for practice improvement as observed during day-to day business or as requested by leadership. Provide direction for daily operations with responsibilities including staffing and human resource management; recruiting, hiring and overseeing the training and orientation for clinical and/or administrative staff and provide ongoing supervision and with input into annual evaluations.   The ongoing supervision and evaluation of clinical staff is shared with the physicians and clinical leadership in the practice.  Responsible for coordinating with Practice Manager to track monthly clinical and financial statistics, oversee time of service billing and collection functions, maximize patient flow and optimize the work environment to facilitate open communications and professional excellence.  Promotes teamwork and facilitates a smooth flow of daily operations of the department.  Provides friendly, caring service that shows respect for customers and associates while meeting their needs and exceeding expectations.

As a provider, the Lead Child Psychologist will collaborate with other team members to conduct a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the developmental and psychological status of a child or adolescent. He/she will administer, score, evaluate, and report intellectual, cognitive, personality, and neuropsychological test data; including findings.  The findings should be reported accordingly to the parents or guardians of the child, disciplinary team, and other health professionals who are directly involved in the care of the child or early adolescent. Educational programming recommendations may be formulated by the child psychologist based on the assessment findings.

Additionally, the psychologist will work closely with the ASCI Medical Director to help manage psychosocial aspects of chronic and acute conditions by providing individual and family psychotherapy and /or counseling with patients of the ASCI to promote safety, understanding and good mental health. He/she will participate as an active treatment team member, demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development across the life cycle and demonstrate an understanding reflective of the patient’s current status, age (functional), diagnosis and specific needs when devising and implementing treatment. The psychologist will also work with families to modify behavioral disorders caused by delayed or hindered development.


Education:  Doctoral Degree in Psychology. 

Licensure:  Georgia license or eligible to apply for Georgia License. Must have license prior to beginning in the position.

Experience: Five years minimum of experience in a counseling/testing position with children, prefer experience with administering Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS 2). Five years minimum in a leadership role.  

Skills:   Obtain AHA BLS CPR within 6 months of hire and maintain certification.

Excellent presentation, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with internal and external customers and the ability to present information accurately and effectively to diverse audiences; ability to communicate with others in antagonistic situation using appropriate  interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict and maintain professionalism in accordance with corporate standards.

 Strong interpersonal and consultative skills, ability to work in concert with others to accomplish objectives and goals; ability to build solid working relationships across divisions/functions.  Strong project management skills; ability to formulate actions plans and timelines and to execute those plans; ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously. Strong clinical diagnostic and testing skills. 
Ability to obtain and interpret information in terms of age appropriate patient needs. 
 Ability to select proper instrumentation/supplies appropriate for developmental age /diagnosis of patients served.
 Ability to achieve results through team efforts; ability to assist with the management of the department’s budget, while maintaining and improving quality standards; ability to work in a high pressure or changing environment, and exercise good judgment to resolve problems in the absence of formalized guidelines and procedures.   


Minimal physical effort, high level of mental effort in terms of concentration, crisis situations and dealing with stressful patient relationships. Requires some standing and walking and extended periods of sitting throughout the day.  Requires corrected hearing and vision to normal range.  Must be emotionally stable and able to adapt, learn, and problem-solve.  Able to bend, lift and push.

Pleasant environmental working conditions with frequent interruptions in working conditions.  Individual must be flexible in their approaches to deal with stressful conditions and challenging patients and families in an outpatient care setting.