Clinical Psychologist

University of New South Wales

Clinical Psychologist

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Work type: part time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Clinical/Medical Research

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Psychology is one of the largest and most prestigious schools in Australia. The School is located in the Faculty of Science and has approximately 50 full time members of academic staff, 15 general staff and an operating budget of over $12M.

This position will be based at the Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program (RTRP) within the School of Psychology at UNSW Sydney, Kensington Campus. RTRP is one of the leading research programs worldwide for investigating factors contributing to refugee mental health. RTRP is directed by Professor Angela Nickerson and is staffed by clinical psychologists, research assistants, postdoctoral research fellows and specialised mental health interpreters. RTRP undertakes psychological treatment studies testing novel interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for people from refugee backgrounds.

The Clinical Psychologist will work on a randomized controlled trial and a randomized baseline case series, which will involve treating PTSD in refugees from English, Arabic, Farsi and Dari-speaking backgrounds. A large proportion of therapy sessions will be conducted remotely via videoconferencing and with specialised mental health interpreters.  The position will work within a team environment and receive ongoing clinical supervision from Professor Nickerson (a board-approved supervisor) and senior clinicians in the team on active cases being treated in the trials.


About the role

  • $112k - $126k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Part-time (21 hours per week)

The Clinical Psychologist reports to Professor Angela Nickerson and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct clinical assessment sessions and deliver manualised interventions to refugees who are experiencing PTSD
  • Deliver interventions in a way that has a high level of fidelity to the treatment manual
  • Coordinate accurate and complete recording of session documentation to facilitate quality data collection for the trial
  • Collate data and maintain client records according to professional and service standards and report on cases and incidents, when required
  • Participate in weekly supervision sessions with clinical psychologists
  • Liaise with and coordinate community services in order to recruit participants for the study.
  • Coordinate appointments with participants including provision of reminders and following-up those who miss treatment sessions
  • Provide presentations to community groups and refugee services to recruit participants into the study
  • Liaise with other healthcare professionals to ensure multidisciplinary care for research participants
  • Conduct intake and risk assessments
  • Assist with research and administrative activities as required.
  • Assist with scientific and clinical dissemination of findings as required.
  • Provide clinical advice, peer supervision and debriefing to staff as required
  • Contribute to the dissemination of findings through reports, conference presentations and pee-reviewed publications.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Masters or Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from an accredited postgraduate program
  • Current full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Practitioners’ Regulation Agency, or eligibility to gain general registration
  • Proven clinical skills and experience in delivering cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Interest in and willingness to train in adaptations of cognitive behavioural interventions for refugee clients with PTSD symptoms
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal, communication skills and computer proficiency
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training


  • Experience in working with PTSD
  • Experience in working with asylum-seeker, refugee and/or culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • Experience in working with interpreters
  • Demonstrated competence in conducting structured clinical assessments (e.g., CAPS-5 and MINI)
  • Training and experience delivering exposure-based interventions for PTSD (clinicians will receive intensive training and clinical support and/or supervision in delivering interventions)
  • APHRA endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist or eligibility to undertake the clinical psychology registrar program (this role will provide the opportunity for clinical supervision within the clinical psychology registrar program)

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Angela Nickerson


Applications close: January 29th, 2023

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Position Description

Advertised: 04 Jan 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 29 Jan 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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