Primary Care Psychologist

Jul 21 2021
Waimanalo Health Center |Waimānalo|Full Time
Category: Healthcare
Job Description

 We are a community health center located in majestic Waimanalo, where our mission is to provide the highest level of primary and preventative health care services, with special attention to the needs of Native Hawaiians and the medically underserved, and improving the health and wellness of individuals and their `ohana (family) regardless of their ability to pay. We are committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.

Our Values

Mlama (stewardship)- We listen to people with our full attention, seeking to know them and understand their healthcare and wellness needs and aspirations for themselves, their family and the Waimnalo community. We will respond, to the best of our abilities, as caring, compassionate, engaged and professional partners in healthcare.

`Ohana (family)- We believe that wellness embraces the whole family and we welcome their participation in the healthcare of their loved ones. Our belief extends to the Waimnalo community-at-large where we build the foundation of good health and wellness for everyone, and we seek collaborative partners who share our values and vision.

Pono(rightness and balance) - We know that quality healthcare starts with people’s trust in our services and the excellence of our care for them and the resources entrusted to us to meet their needs. We are committed to maintaining their trust by treating people with respect and confidentiality, and by being open about our organizational practices and results, seeking to continuously improve our work.

We are seeking a dedicated, talented and team-oriented Primary Care Psychologist to join our `ohana (family) to support our mission and values.  


The Primary Care Licensed Clinical Psychologist, as part of the primary care treatment team, in the context of the Patient-Centered Health Care Home, identifies, triages and manages patients with medical and behavioral health problems within the primary care clinic.  This position will provide screening, brief intervention, and referral to appropriate treatment, for a wide variety of psychosocial and behavioral issues that impact overall health and wellness of patients.  The Primary Care Licensed Clinical Psychologist will be available for all warm handoffs from the primary care team, but will also help to identify and proactively seek out patients identified by the team as potentially needing behavioral health services.  In addition, the Primary Care Licensed Clinical Psychologist will provide skill training through psycho-education and patient education strategies and will develop specific behavioral change plans for patients and behavioral health protocols for target populations.


  • High level of comfort in working with primary care medical providers using a consultative style in
  •  Integrated Behavioral Health Model.
  • Ability to make quick and accurate clinical assessments of mental and behavioral conditions.
  • Ability to work through brief patient contacts, including via telephone and teleconferencing.
  • Ability to design and implement clinical pathways and protocols for treatment of selected mental and behavioral conditions.
  • Ability to design effective psycho-education curricula and lead effective psycho-education classes.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team, interfacing with patients, primary care providers, consulting psychiatrist and mental health specialists, as well as with administrative and support staff.
  • Excellent working knowledge of clinical psychology and evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions.
  • Good knowledge of psycho-pharmacology.
  • Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
  • Familiarity with utilization of electronic health record is preferred.
  • Must be able to type efficiently.
  • Ability to effectively represent Waimanalo Health Center’s interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among co-workers, public, private, and professional groups.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to interact and communicate with clients, staff and community members in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Commitment to promoting the basic human rights, dignity, health and safety of clients and staff.
  • Demonstrated respect for the choices and diversity of those served by the Waimanalo Health Center.
  • Ability to maintain highest standards of service quality, professional ethics, conduct and skills.
  • Language requirements: English



  • Doctorate in Psychology, Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an accredited institution.



  • Current Hawai`i licensure as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
  • Two-Step Tuberculosis clearance is required.
  • Proof of COVID vaccine required.


  • Work in a fully integrated health care team where behavioral health service are valued
  • Opportunity to join the National Health Services Corps for up to $50,000 towards student loan repayment as WHC is in the highest tier for health provider shortage area
  • Health Benefits (Medical, Dental Drug, Vision) – Employee coverage paid by WHC
  • Discounted Medical and Dental services provided by WHC
  • Paid Holidays – 10 Full days and 2 Half Days
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Wellness Hours
  • Continuing Education Funds
  • Paid Continuing Education Hours
  • Wellness Bucks
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Group-term Life Insurance & AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Retirement Savings Pan 403(b) – Employer match 50% of employee contribution up to a maximum of 3% of employee wages
  • Flexible Spending Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  •  Pre-tax Commute Plan
  • Longevity Benefit – After 10 or more years of service
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Free Parking