Fort Bend County

Forensic Psychologist - Behavioral Health Services

Job Locations US-TX-Richmond
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/12/2024 2:37 PM)
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Fort Bend County is ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. We have capitalized on not only the creed of our location, but on the "quality of life" for our families to call home. Our employees are the key to our success and the heartbeat of our foundation. The diversity and inclusivity of our community is our strength and at the forefront of a workplace environment welcoming to all. Live Here! Work Here!



Responsible for conducting forensic and psychological evaluations pursuant to court order for the purpose of providing expert opinions to Fort Bend County courts. Primary responsibility will be completing competency to stand trial evaluations, but with appropriate experience and/or training, may also be required to complete evaluations concerning a variety of psycholegal subject matter including, but not limited to: fitness to proceed, lack of responsibility, sanity, and risk of dangerousness. Duties include providing written forensic opinions in a timely manner, consulting with attorneys and court officials regarding various forensic issues, testifying in court proceedings as needed, assisting in supervising practicum students and/or interns, appropriately maintaining records, and completing routine administrative tasks. Fort Bend County Behavioral Health Services is an evolving department always trying to improve and build on forensic services offered to local criminal justice partners and your collaboration and input in this domain is expected and encouraged. This position provides an opportunity to participate in program development, policy and research focused on justice behavioral health systems.


Participates in planning of programs, policies or objectives for own work group and department.


  • Conducts competency to stand trial and, with appropriate experience and training, may conduct sanity evaluations.
  • Completes written reports within the required timeframe and provides court testimony relating to evaluation results as requested.
  • Effectively interacts with judges, attorneys, and other court staff in the collection of information and collaboration on assigned cases.
  • Conducts psychological testing including intellectual functioning evaluation as needed and provides documentation of findings from assessment instruments.
  • Assists with the clinical supervision of master’s and doctoral level practicum students.
  • May provide clinical mental health services as needed.
  • Provides training to justice partners, the community and other county departments as needed and within the scope of expertise.
  • Complies with agency policies and procedures, accrediting/regulatory bodies, and documentation requirements.
  • Performs related work and adapts to changing work requirements.
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct in all clinical and professional activities.
  • Communicates and works with consumers, visitors, and other staff in a manner that demonstrates sensitivity to cultural diversities.
  • Participates in activities and duties related to emergency management during a local state of disaster as directed by appropriate county managers.
  • Position can be hybrid – both remote and on site.


  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Psychology. Licensed as a Psychologist or eligibility to be licensed as a psychologist consistent with the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. Qualifications as an expert as indicated by of Article 46B of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. License eligible post doc will be considered.
  • Competence in administration, scoring, and interpretation of a broad range of psychological tests (especially those intended for forensic use).
  • Knowledge of diagnostic criteria, specific clinical features, and diagnostic nomenclature in diagnosing mental illness as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Clear and concise written expression skills appropriate for expert opinions in criminal legal proceedings.
  • Strong analytical skills in considering and synthesizing information, data, and evidence from multiple sources.
  • Strong computer and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with the public, other employees, and elected officials.
  • Ability to complete assignments with tight deadlines.

SALARY RANGE: Salary is commensurate with experience

CLOSING DATE: Upon filling position


All full-time and part-time employees are members of the Texas County District Retirement System (TCDRS). Full-time employees also enjoy a wide-range of great benefits.



Fort Bend County is an equal opportunity employer, committed to non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy status (including childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, age (40 and over), physical or mental disability, genetic information, protected military and veteran status, political affiliation or beliefs, or any other classification protected by state, federal and local laws, unless such classification is a bona fide occupational qualification.



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To be considered for employment, all interested candidates must complete the required Fort Bend County online employment application located at


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