Navy Clinical Psychologist Career Information, Jobs, Degrees & Training Programs

Navy clinical psychologists are a select group of professionals stationed with Marines and sailors throughout the world. They work at military base hospitals, Navy ships, aircraft carriers, and in combat zones with elite Marine and Special Forces units. Navy clinical psychologists offer valuable clinical and counseling services to military personnel and their families worldwide.

These specialists also provide instruction to students at the Naval Academy and other educational institutions. Many organize and supervise training activities at Navy facilities throughout the country.

Navy clinical psychologists who excel while in the military often obtain fellowships in neuropsychology, pediatrics, and other disciplines at large colleges and universities.

Specific Responsibilities

Navy clinical psychologists typically assist service members and their families struggling with these issues:
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Grief after loss
  • Anger management
  • Financial issues and planning
  • Career, productivity and leadership issues
  • Balancing work and social activities
Work Environment

Navy Psychologists typically work in military clinics and hospitals in the United States, abroad and on aircraft carriers. A few selection Navy Psychologists will find themselves working in one of the National Naval Medical Centers located in San Diego, California; Portsmouth, Virginia; and Bethesda Maryland. Navy Psychologists also work on two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort.


To be considered for Active Duty employment as a Naval Clinical Psychologist, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States
  • Serve a minimum of 3 years of Active Duty
  • Be 18 to 41 years old
  • Be in good shape and pass a comprehensive medical examination
Navy psychologists may also need to meet the following requirements:
  • Complete doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a APA accredited psychology program
  • Complete doctorate comittee approval of disseration
  • Visit one of the two Navy internship sites located in San Diego, California and Bethesda, Maryland. (Not required by highly recommended)
  • Complete application and submit paper work no later than December 1
  • Have current state licence to practive clinical psychology (for officer appointment directlyr into Active Duty service)
  • Have doctoral degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
  • Maintain GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Completion of doctoral dissertation
  • Inpatient and outpatient care experience (can be completed as part of employment or training)
  • Experience with assessment (testing)
  • Experience with psychology/behavioral medicine
  • Be able to provide professional references that show a history of leadership skills

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