Clinical and/or Health Psychologist



Job description

Palmerston North, New Zealand

School of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Massey University Psychology Clinic at Manawatu is looking to appoint an experienced Clinical and/or Health Psychologist to its busy psychology clinic.

We are seeking a clinical and/or health psychologist to work within the existing clinic team at the Psychology Clinic at Massey University. We currently operate the Health Conditions and Cancer Psychology Services funded by MidCentral Health. These teams are exciting and dynamic and at the cutting edge of innovative practice. We also provide support to students undertaking training towards registration as clinical psychologists and psychologists. The position is permanent and full time.

There are two aspects to this role. You will be expected to predominantly work alongside adults and children affected by cancer and chronic illnesses by delivering psychological services to them and/or their whānau. In particular, services will be delivered to people affected by cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and other life-limiting conditions. The aim of the services is to improve the quality of life, reduce distress, enhance coping changes, improve adjustment, and assist with decisions about information needs and treatment choices.

There is an expectation that you will assist in the education of clients and the wider community. You will assist, guide, and be involved in the delivery of community-liaison services. This will include providing education to health providers and clients, participating in projects that inform health practices, and developing educative materials. The services have associated research projects and there will be opportunities for the clinical/health psychologist to contribute to these.

Contributions to professional training programmes may include providing workshops for trainees, interns and practicum students as well as supervision of students’ practical work and advice with regard to specific cases. You may also have opportunities to contribute your expertise to the training programmes and to collaborate with others responsible for delivering the programme/s.

The appointee will be a Registered Psychologist under the Clinical or General Scope of Practice; hold a valid Annual Practising Certificate; and have a postgraduate qualification in Clinical or Health Psychology. The Clinic is a training centre for the School of Psychology and students will observe and sometimes participate in assessment and therapy activities. As part of Massey University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, the School of Psychology strives to incorporate a bicultural focus in its activities. Therefore, it is expected candidates will demonstrate sound bicultural knowledge of psychological practice within a health setting.

Should you require clarification on any aspect of this position please contact Maria Berrett (, Acting Clinic Director.

For more information about the School of Psychology and Massey University go to

Job description
Purpose statement
To undertake health psychology practice in a professional practice setting and community liaison, and to contribute to training professional psychologists.

Responsible to
Head of School
Accountable to Director, Psychology Clinic, and Cancer and Health Services Coordinator

Key accountabilities
To provide Clinical and/or Health Psychology services to clients.
The Clinical and/or Health Psychologist will:
 Provide psychological and/or behavioural assessment and interventions for clients with long term health conditions
 Serve to better enable clients to access services and enable services to be delivered in an appropriate way
 Engage in tasks related to service promotion and service development
 Liaise and consult with Supervisor/ Coordinator regularly
 Attend weekly team meetings
 Contribute as required to the day-to-day running of the clinic
 Develop and deliver service presentations for health professionals in the community in conjunction with the health conditions team
 Contribute as required to the organisation and running of group interventions
 Engage in research activities related to the service as required
 Contribute as required to student training through supervision, provision of workshops, and collaboration with other staff involved in student training

Undertake administrative duties associated with the Service activities as directed by the Coordinator, including the maintenance of professional and administrative records; the production of psychological reports and letters to referral agencies; and serving on appropriate committees.

Undertake such other clinical and/or health and professional development activities as directed by the Cancer and Health Services Coordinator, the Clinic Director or the Head of School.

Provide a model of good practice for trainees and interns

Maintain an Annual Practicing Certificate as a professional psychologist

Co-operate within the School and share School objectives to advance the knowledge and practice of Psychology

Comply with the University’s obligation under its Charter regarding the Treaty of Waitangi

Person specification
The appointee must have a DClinPsych, PGDipClinPsych, PGDipPsychPrac or an equivalent Health Psychology qualification
Registration as a Clinical Psychologist or Psychologist with the Psychologists’ Board

Have appropriate relevant practical experience in Clinical and/or Health Psychology services to clients.
Familiarity with University level training programmes, and experience in tertiary settings will be an advantage.

Personal attributes and behaviours
High level of oral and written communication skills
Plan/organise and administer own work
Facilitate student learning
Work collaboratively with colleagues.
Maintain a high level of competence in psychological practice.
Be prepared to travel locally
Hold a current NZ driver’s licence

Additional Pre-employment Checks
VCA police vet

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