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Outpatient Forensic Psychologist

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Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is seeking qualified candidates for Outpatient Forensic Psychologist located Thomasville, Georgia.  

This position is with Outpatient Forensic Services working out of Thomasville, Georgia and is not affected by the closure of Southwestern State Hospital

The successful candidates will be responsible for the completion of criminal forensic evaluations.


Knowledge of abnormal psychology, pertinent statutes and case law related to the practice of forensic psychology, malingering assessment tools, intellectual testing, personality assessment, best practices in mental health treatment, and ethical/professional guidelines for the practice of forensic psychology is required.


Job duties include the completion of face-to-face forensic mental health evaluations of adults to determine competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility, report preparation, expert testimony, and related work as assigned. The work requires travel within assigned catchment area. Completion of the state's Competency to Stand Trial Certification process within one year of hire is required for continued employment.

Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards:

  • Conducts court-ordered pretrial forensic psychological evaluations to answer questions of competency to stand trial and/or criminal responsibility as a neutral friend of the court.
  • Completes assessments on individuals in county jails
  • Conducts forensic risk assessments and other psychological testing (as needed)


Doctoral degree from an American Psychological Association accredited psychology program

Current Georgia license to practice Psychology (license may be temporary, provisional, or permanent)

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with a severe / persistent mentally ill population in the field of Forensic Psychology conducting competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations.


  • One year of experience working as an inpatient psychologist.
  • Completion of a predoctoral internship or postdoctoral fellowship, or both with a focus on the practice of criminal forensic psychology.
  • One year of post-licensure experience conducting competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations.
  • Experience providing expert testimony in forensic mental health,


In addition to a competitive salary (Negotiable, based on experience), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 19 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia.

More than a century ago, Thomasville was celebrated as one of the most fashionable places in the world to visit. During the Victorian era, many wealthy northern socialites and pleasure seekers traveled by rail to enjoy Thomasville as their grand winter resort. Attracted to the genteel life of south Georgia, many made Thomasville their winter home and built "grand winter cottages". Although this era quickly faded in the early 1900s, more than fifty of these grand historic homes still grace Thomasville's streets.

Thomasville, in southwest Georgia and on the Florida border, is home to both the second largest Farmer’s Market in the state and three Fortune 500 companies.

Applying for this job

Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: swsh_hr@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Outpatient Forensic Psychologist If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.