The selectee will serve as a Clinical Research Psychologist in the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, National Threat Assessment Center Division. Typical work assignments include:
Serves as a consultant in the areas of psychology, mental health, threat assessment, and the behavioral sciences in support of the US Secret Service intelligence mission. Consults on the risk intelligence subjects may pose to persons protected by the US Secret Service; recommends specific investigative and management techniques to better evaluate and mitigate risk; and provides guidance on best practices for interviewing intelligence subjects. As required, may perform and/or participate in interviews with intelligence subjects.
Develops and/or participates in research projects in order to advance the agency’s understanding of the area of intelligence, while using a variety of statistical techniques. Identifies and defines advances in research, technologies, and strategies, assessing their impact on the agency’s mission and advises on the implementation of such advances to support operational activities. Maintains professional and collaborative relationships with peers throughout the academic and professional world for the purpose of developing policies and procedures, promoting information sharing, participating in operational partnerships, and engaging in collaboration.
Provides training and guidance to agency headquarters and field office personnel on mental health risk assessment and how research and clinical best practices impact the agency’s understanding of protective intelligence subjects and whether the subjects pose risks to US Secret Service protective interests. Develops and conducts training for US Secret Service personnel and representatives from Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as community partners. Develops innovative training modules and simulated training activities to reinforce key concepts in protective intelligence, psychology, violence prevention, and crisis intervention.
Represents the US Secret Service at conferences and meetings with senior level government officials, representatives of State and local governments, officials from private and public organizations, and academic institutions, and makes presentations at professional conferences. Prepares reports and delivers presentations and briefings regarding findings.
- Designs and executes operational research projects and activities on the thinking and behavior of persons who pose or potentially pose threats to US Secret Service protected interests, and other topics in support of the US Secret Service intelligence mission. Performs continuing reviews of the professional/academic/trade literature in order to ensure familiarity with current practices and research findings in subject areas relating to the US Secret Service protective intelligence mission, including behavioral analysis, threat assessment, violence risk assessment, mental illness and personality constructs, and the mitigation and management of threatening behavior.