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Responsibilities

As a Clinical Psychologist and Officer in the United States Navy, you will provide clinical care to service members and their families. You will encounter a wide array of clinical conditions, including those typically encountered by a civilian provider and those unique to the military environment.

In addition to providing clinical care to address the full spectrum of mental health concerns, Navy Clinical Psychologists have the opportunity to provide support to the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corp by:

  • Providing clinical care to service members in deployed settings
  • Conducting seminars to help service members, including upper leadership, maintain positive mental health
  • Participating in military training exercises that enhance our ability to reach service members in a wide variety of settings
  • Providing training and mentorship to new generations of psychologists
  • Serving in leadership and policy positions aimed at sustaining mental health within the military

As a Clinical Psychologist and Officer in Navy Clinical Care, you’ll provide guidance and resources that positively affect both the on-duty and off-duty lives of servicemembers and their families in:

  • Relationship issues
  • Crisis intervention
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Grief after loss
  • Anger management
  • Financial issues and planning
  • Career, productivity and leadership issues
  • Balancing work and social activities

While you would work with many of the same issues as a civilian psychologist, your experience will broaden widely as you help patients deal with issues that are unique to otheir call of duty.

Work Environment

Navy Clinical Psychologists serve all over the world - from the East Coast to the West Coast, to overseas locations such as Spain, Japan, Italy or Guam.

You may find yourself working at one of our major Medical Centers, which are located in San Diego Calif., Portsmouth Va., and Bethesda, Md. You could also be assigned to a smaller hospital or clinic at other locations around the globe.

Navy Clinical Psychologists serve aboard aircraft carriers, alongside SEAL Teams, and at the Naval Academy. There are also many opportunities to serve as part of United States Marine Corp units providing mental health support to Marines and their families.

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Clinical Psychologists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Clinical Psychologists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

Training & Advancement

Licensed psychologists and those entering the Navy through one of our training programs (see below) attend Officer Development School (ODS). Officer Development School (ODS) is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.

There are also advanced education and training opportunities available to Navy Clinical Psychologists. Click on the headings below to get program and qualification details.

 

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Clinical Psychologists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now.

 

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.

Graduate Students

In the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) you can receive 100% tuition assistance while completing an eligible clinical psychology education program plus a monthly stipend in excess of $2,200 to help cover living expenses for up to 36 months.

Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.

Practicing Professionals

Through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program(HPLRP), you may be eligible to receive financial assistance* to pay down the cost of your graduate education.

There are also advanced education and training opportunities available to Navy Clinical Psychologists. Get program and qualification details about the following:

*Offer depends on specialty, service requirement and availability.

Practicing Health Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $40,000 per year in graduate school loan repayment assistance
  • Up to $100,000 per year in specialty pay
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $60,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for employment consideration as a Clinical Psychologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently licensed in the U.S.
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You must also meet the following specific requirements:

Internship:

  • Completion of all academic requirements for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or counseling psychology from a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Completion of all other requirements, including doctoral committee approval of dissertation topic
  • Applicants are encouraged to visit at least one of the two internship sites in Bethesda, Md., and San Diego, Calif.
  • Applications must be completed by December 1(selection board meets in late January, with applicants informed of its decision the second Tuesday of February, date is set nationally for internships by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers [APPIC])

Direct Accession (Officer appointment directly into Active Duty service):

  • Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Current state license to independently practice as a clinical psychologist
  • Doctoral degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). A bachelor’s degree is required to enter this five-year program. Upon completion, you are commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

Internship:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of doctoral dissertation
  • Experience with inpatient and outpatient care (either as part of training or employment) as well as assessment (testing)
  • Health psychology/behavioral medicine experience

Direct Accession:

  • Inpatient and outpatient experience
  • Experience in crisis intervention or disaster mental health, or working with individuals who have been traumatized
  • Health psychology/behavioral medicine experience
  • Professional references that indicate superior clinical knowledge and supervisory/leadership skills

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

To qualify for employment consideration as a Clinical Psychologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently licensed in the U.S.
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You must also meet the following specific requirements:

Internship:

  • Completion of all academic requirements for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or counseling psychology from a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Completion of all other requirements, including doctoral committee approval of dissertation topic
  • Applicants are encouraged to visit at least one of the two internship sites in Bethesda, Md., and San Diego, Calif.
  • Applications must be completed by December 1(selection board meets in late January, with applicants informed of its decision the second Tuesday of February, date is set nationally for internships by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers [APPIC])

Direct Accession (Officer appointment directly into Active Duty service):

  • Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Current state license to independently practice as a clinical psychologist
  • Doctoral degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). A bachelor’s degree is required to enter this five-year program. Upon completion, you are commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

Internship:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of doctoral dissertation
  • Experience with inpatient and outpatient care (either as part of training or employment) as well as assessment (testing)
  • Health psychology/behavioral medicine experience

Direct Accession:

  • Inpatient and outpatient experience
  • Experience in crisis intervention or disaster mental health, or working with individuals who have been traumatized
  • Health psychology/behavioral medicine experience
  • Professional references that indicate superior clinical knowledge and supervisory/leadership skills

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.