Sample Forensic Psychologist Job Description

Job Description

[NAME] is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with severe and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are seeking a forensic psychologist to work alongside us, dealing with a wide range of patients struggling with criminal cases, family unrest, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, and mental health problems. Under supervision of the hospital forensic director, the successful candidate will be responsible for the completion of forensic evaluations relating to crimes, custody battles, at-risk circumstances, and adolescent safety.


The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of abnormal psychology, assessment tools, intellectual testing, best practices in mental health treatment, pertinent statutes and case law related to the practice of forensic psychology, and ethical/professional guidelines for the practice of forensic psychology. In all of these areas, a curious and analytical mindset will set you apart from other job candidates.

Objectives of this Role

  • Provide exemplary services to the court system, patients and families, medical professionals, attorneys, and more, in the form of psychological assessments and treatment
  • Collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary, integrated practice to develop and deliver patient assessments
  • Establish relationships with patients, criminal justice representatives, physicians, and other professionals as needed to encourage the best possible outcomes, while maintaining professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Perform all duties in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

  • Conduct 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
  • Complete assessments on individuals admitted to a State Forensic Psychiatric Unit, forensic risk assessments, and other psychological testing
  • Complete face-to-face forensic mental health evaluations to determine competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk; report preparation; expert testimony; behavioral programming; clinical supervision of mental health counselors, and related work as needed
  • Supervise and train forensic psychology students and clinical team as needed, provide expert testimony to the court, and serve on committees

Skills and Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in psychology
  • Current [StateX] license in psychology
  • Professional experience, knowledge and skills in psychological evaluation techniques (particularly pertaining to risk assessment)
  • Prior experience in writing psychological evaluations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of test instruments (MMPI, I.Q., Static-99R/Static-2002R, PCL-R, HCR-20, etc.)
  • Prior experience with forensic psychology patients
  • Bilingual