Forensic Psychologist, State of Iowa Mental Health Institute - Cherokee

State of Iowa, Mental Health Institute

1251 W Cedar Loop, Cherokee, Iowa 51012

Iowa Department of Human Services

We are seeking a Forensic Psychologist to join the team at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI). This is a full-time position with HHS offering resources for professional growth, opportunity for leadership advancement, and a unique occasion to help develop a dynamic forensic behavioral health system in Iowa.  

The Forensic Psychologist will work as part of an inviting and collaborative interdisciplinary team comprised of psychiatric providers, nurses, social workers, psychiatric rehabilitation specialists, and other health disciplines. This is the only doctoral-level psychologist position at the facility. This position will report to the CMHI Social Work Administrator, and receive clinical (psychological) oversight, support, and collaboration from the HHS Clinical Director’s Office based in Des Moines, IA. 

Salary $90,563.20 - $128,960.00 Annually

We have a great total compensation package, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan)
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

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Desired Qualifications:

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

 1) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in any field, and experience equal to six years of full-time professional-level work in program administration, program development, program operations, or management. 

2) A total of ten years of education and/or full-time experience (as described in number one), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in any field equals one year of full-time experience. 

3) All of the following (a, b, and c): a. Four years of full-time professional-level work experience in program administration, program development, program operations, or management; and b. A total of four years of education and full-time experience (as described in part a), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in any field equals one year of full-time experience; and c. A total of two years of graduate-level education and full-time experience (as described in part a), where twenty-four semester hours of accredited graduate college or university course work in a public-service-related area (e.g., public or business administration, social work, public health, law, education, engineering) equals one year of full-time experience. Graduation from the Iowa Certified Public Manager Program is also equivalent to one year of full-time experience or education. 

4) Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes one year of full-time work as an Executive Officer 3 or two years of full-time work as an Executive Officer 2 or comparable specific management-level position.

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Application Instructions:

Apply at

Point of Contact Kathy Norris,


The primary duties of this position include: 

  • Direct, provide, and oversee clinical and forensic psychological services for the hospital. 
  • Conduct court-ordered competence to stand trial evaluations and other forensic psychological evaluations as requested, such as violence and sexual risk assessments and evaluations of persons found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). Expert witness testimony (in-person or remote) will be provided when required. 
  • Provide and direct didactic and skills-based competence restoration treatment, including implementing a restoration curriculum and training restoration providers. 
  • Conduct various psychological assessments and reports to clarify diagnosis, eligibility for services (e.g., intellectual disability), and provide treatment and support recommendations. 
  • Provide individual/group/family psychotherapy. 
  • Provide psychological consultation, policy considerations, and direct staff training that promotes a strong continuity of care and improves other staff’s ability to work effectively with civil and forensic (criminal) commitments. This includes best practices for positive behavior management and restraint/seclusion reduction. 
  • Opportunities may be available for clinical supervision of practicum trainees/predoctoral interns/post-doctoral fellows. Preceptor guidance to psychiatric residents and fellows from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) may also be available through Iowa’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship program. 
  • Clinical adjunct faculty appointment with UIHC may be available. This appointment would include access to numerous virtual learning opportunities such as, grand rounds, continuing education credits, and online access to numerous clinical databases, journal articles, and electronic books. 

In addition, it is hoped that this Forensic Psychologist will assist HHS and their partners in further establishing a high-quality system of forensic behavioral healthcare that furthers HHS’ mission of providing high-quality programs and services that protect and improve the health and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. Although not a core part of the job, CMHI is located on the same campus as the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO), which may provide this Forensic Psychologist opportunity for additional consultation, psychological testing and evaluations, and training. 

Location: Cherokee, Iowa

Open: Tuesday May 9th

Close: Friday June 9th 2023

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