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Job Vacancy Announcement – Clinical Psychologist (Contractor)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)
Office of the Clinical Director (OCD)
Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service (NBPS)

Program Overview

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Clinical Psychologist position to work in the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service. The Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service conducts developmental and behavioral evaluations on individuals with a variety of neurodevelopmental problems, focusing on young children and individuals of all ages with significant cognitive or social impairments. The goal of the service is to provide behavioral phenotyping for natural history and treatment studies of autism spectrum disorder and genetic disorders associated with intellectual disability, and contribute to outcome measure development for these conditions.

Position Overview

A psychologist (licensed or license-eligible) is sought to provide contractual services for the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service in the intramural research program at NIMH.

The service collaborates to perform neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessments for NIH Clinical Center inpatient and outpatient studies.

A main duty for the incumbent is to provide specific autism and neurodevelopmental disorder assessments for patients of all ages, of all severity levels, including very impaired populations that are assessed for behavioral phenotyping.These assessments are all conducted through research protocols affiliated with NIH.

The incumbent will also have the opportunity to participate in the planning and execution of clinical research. The incumbent will work with staff on data collection, entry and analyses of behavioral phenotypic data from a variety of studies, including those in several Branches of the NIMH and other NIH Institutes, including NICHD and NHGRI. This will include providing consultation to multidisciplinary research teams regarding study findings for incorporation into research manuscripts and presentations.

The incumbent will also have the opportunity to educate research staff regarding the use of psychological testing. This will include training research assistants, staff and other trainees.


This position is suited for a licensed or license-eligible clinical psychologist with experience in assessment in neurodevelopmental populations (e.g. intellectual disability, autism).

How to Apply

This position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Interested candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae or résumé, and a statement of interests to Audrey Thurm via e-mail at Please include "Clinical Psychologist (Contractor)" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is subject to a background check.

Information on the SOAR Contract

The SOAR Contract is a non-personal services contract which provides critical services across all Institutes and Centers (ICs) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH requires qualified and experienced Contractor support on a full range of activities, including new and in-progress research projects, program deployment and implementation, and other activities necessary to conduct the business and fulfill the mission of NIH's biomedical research program. The SOAR Contract was awarded to 5 vendors with a 60-month period of performance.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.