Department Chair of Health Psychology

University of Missouri-Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
May 27, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Department Chair of Health Psychology

School of Health Professions, University of Missouri-Columbia


The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU), invites nominations and applications for the Department Chair of Health Psychology, within the School of Health Professions.


The Department of Health Psychology (DHP) is comprised of neuropsychologists, rehabilitation psychologists, and health psychologists promoting quality of life for individuals and families by addressing the complex interplay of medical and behavioral factors and achieving best outcomes by addressing a range of needs from the individual to the social policy level.


The Department Chair for Health Psychology will lead a diverse team of award-winning faculty and staff members to support the tripartite mission of the Department in research, service, and training. Department faculty are conducting significant interdisciplinary research in the areas of autism, brain injury, and rehabilitation. They provide exceptional clinical services to individuals across the lifespan with and without neurodevelopmental disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral training in clinical psychology. The clinical psychology internship program is American Psychological Association (APA) Commission accredited and the postdoctoral fellowship program is verified by the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN).


The Department of Health Psychology seeks an accomplished researcher and clinician with strong demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills, to further advance excellence in the areas of research, clinical service, and training. We welcome applications from high-profile scholars and researchers with a national reputation in any of the related areas of expertise. Reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Health Professions, the future Department Chair will collaborate closely with clinical and research faculty to further strengthen existing interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as expand upon those existing partnerships by further engaging with colleagues amongst other MU’s Schools and Colleges, MU’s Academic Health Center, and external constituents.


Primary Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing a shared vision and strategy for the Department by actively engaging with the diverse faculty, staff, and School leadership
  • Serving as an approachable leader, role model, and strong advocate for the Department to achieve the highest possible level of excellence in research, clinical service, and training
  • Providing effective mentorship and training for early- and mid-career faculty members to enhance scholarly accomplishment, secure extramural funding, and advance the training mission
  • Driving the strategy for further clinical and training program innovations to ensure an exceptional training and patient experience
  • Nourishing a collegial environment and promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research within the Department and School, and across campus and the University of Missouri System
  • Recruit and retain diverse Tenure Track and Clinical faculty
  • Managing the day-to-day operations, including personnel and resource management, budget administration and clinical billing administration
  • Strengthening existing community partnerships, as well as nourishing relationships with prospective community partners



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in Psychology
  • Licensed as a Psychologist in Missouri or the ability to obtain licensure in Missouri within 12 months of hire, preferably in the fields of health psychology, neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, rehabilitation psychology, clinical or counseling psychology
  • Academic accomplishments that merit an appointment at the rank of an Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure
  • Prior administrative or leadership experience


Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity in all activities
  • Familiarity with national trends in health psychology and passion for research, improving the patient experience, developing clinical staff, and enhancing training
  • Visionary, open-minded, respectful, and approachable leadership style
  • Commitment to innovation and interest in advancing the work environment of interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience in securing extramural funding as well as clinical program innovation
  • Prior experience with clinical supervision at the graduate level or higher
  • Experience as a provider within an Academic Health Center
  • Board certification or the ability to obtain certification within 12 months of hire
  • Strong communication and excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate with partners within the School of Health Professions, other Schools and Colleges on campus, and the UM System
  • Commitment to the mission of an AAU Research 1 University, MU’s institutional values, and the land-grant mission
  • Interest to further engage with potential donors and other external constituents to leverage and to encourage financial support to the Department, the School, and MU


Application Materials

Applications should be submitted online through the University of Missouri website. Job Posting ID is 36837. Candidates should include a cover letter outlining leadership qualifications, research and clinical interests, a detailed curriculum vitae, as well as a statement on promoting inclusivity and diversity. Later in the search process, statements of current and future research plans, strategic plans for clinical service/training development, along with names and contact information for references may be requested. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.


Application Deadline

We anticipate the appointment will be made for Spring 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by July 25th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


Specific inquiries and nominations may be directed to the search partners, Anna Wiedermann, Lead HR Consultant and Erin Teeple, HR Consultant for the University of Missouri at


Other Information

The University of Missouri -Columbia (MU) is a land-grant institution with a mission of research, teaching, service, and economic development. MU is a comprehensive research campus that includes an Academic Health Center, and offers a broad array of clinical services across the lifespan, including an Adult Neuropsychology Clinic as well as the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Being one of the nation's top-tier Research 1 institutions, MU ranks among the 34 public university members of the Association of American Universities Universities with significant investments into interdisciplinary research as well as an emphasis on Precision Health.


The City of Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, has been consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States and accommodates all cycles of life. This college town of 113,000+ residents have the best of both worlds – small-town convenience with urban sophistication and amenities. Columbia is well known for affordable housing and moderate cost of living, excellent public schools with a low student-teacher-ratio, and a huge variety of leisure time activities, including the well-known Katy trail system.



Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of the applicant.


Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.


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