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Staff Sports Psychologist, Student Athletes

Southern Methodist University
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jun 18, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Athletics, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary:

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is seeking a Sports Psychologist to support the success of student-athletes through the provision of clinical services, consultation, outreach, programming and advocacy.  The successful candidate will have expertise in providing mental health counseling/treatment to collegiate student-athletes, and have a demonstrated commitment to working with student-athletes from historically underrepresented backgrounds.


Essential Functions:

Clinical services - Provide both short and long-term psychotherapy in individual and group settings for SMU student-athletes.  Provide initial assessments, crisis intervention and case management.  Consult and collaborate with Sports Medicine staff to ensure continuity of care.  Consult with psychiatrists, refer as needed, and maintain clinical records. 


Outreach and Educational Programming - Conduct mental health and wellness educational programs for student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff. (Note: often these are conducted outside of normal business hours). 


Other Duties - Attend and participate in regular Counseling Services and Athletics Department staff meetings, case conferences and in-service trainings.  Participate in Student Affairs and other university committees as assigned by the Director of Counseling Services. 


Education and Experience:

Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology, and licensure is required;   

OR   Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program or            Master’s in social work from a CSWE accredited program, is required.


Must be licensed or license-eligible.


Must have 1-3 years’ experience post licensure providing mental health services to student athletes in a collegiate setting.


Experience providing mental health services to Black or African American people is required, with the ability to communicate clearly and apply knowledge of the mental health impacts of systemic racism and anti-Blackness on Black/African American people.


Outstanding skills in clinical assessment, psychotherapy, and crisis management are required.


Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.


Experience with Electronic Medical Records software is required.


Knowledge and experience administering and interpreting psychological tests is required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have strong diagnostic and case conceptualization skills, with the ability to develop, implement and evaluate effective treatment plans.


Must have astute problem solving skills, especially related to clinical emergencies.


Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and verbal communication skills, with the ability to consult with other staff.


Must have strong written communication skills.


Candidate must be able to handle information with complete confidentiality, meeting all compliance and legal requirements.

Must have thorough knowledge of and adherence to the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Principles and the rules and regulations of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.


Must have knowledge and experience of Electronic Medical Records software as well as knowledge and experience with psychological testing software.


Candidate must be willing and able to work after hours as needed for outreach and educational programming.


Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.


To Apply: 

Please visit our website

to access the online application.  See Working at SMU. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to:

Staff Sports Psychologist (HEA00000032)

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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