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Assistant Professor (WOT) in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, SCH Youth at Risk

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington State
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Description
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an integral component of the UW School of Medicine and it shares UW Medicine’s Mission to ‘Improve the Health of the Public.’ We strive to accomplish this by providing the best care we can today, conducting research to develop better treatments for tomorrow, and inspiring and training the next generation of healthcare professionals for the Pacific Northwest. Our core values include openness, transparency, integrity, engagement, collaboration, and mutual respect. We embrace and value diversity in all of its aspects. The department is the third largest department within the School of Medicine and has a $78 M operating budget. Department faculty members provide clinical services and teach at health care facilities in the Puget Sound area and at several rural locations in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). The department also has a robust research portfolio nearly $35 M annually in sponsored projects. Educational programs include a nationally renowned scientist-practitioner psychology internship program and post-doctoral clinical and research fellowships, a required medical student clerkship for 240 medical students per year at 30 sites across the WWAMI region, a nationally competitive psychiatry residency with more than 70 psychiatry residents in Seattle and in two regional residency tracks in Idaho and Montana, and subspecialty fellowships in addiction, child and adolescent, consultation-liaison, and geriatric psychiatry.

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is primarily based at Seattle Children’s Hospital, with new satellite sites in Everett and Federal Way, WA.  The Division is home to about 70 faculty and provides about 45,000 outpatient visits a year. Division faculty are part of integrated care programs at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and three pediatric clinics of the University of Washington; a further expansion of integrated care with a group of primary care practices affiliated with Children’s is under way.  Faculty also staff mental health programs in county and state-level juvenile justice systems as well as one of the state’s residential treatment facilities.  Seattle Children’s operates a 41-bed child/youth inpatient psychiatric unit that serves the full pediatric age range and accepts patients without regard to insurance type or status.  Services at the hospital include a well-staffed consultation service, mental health staffing 24-hours/7 days a week in the emergency department, faculty embedded in many pediatric medical subspecialty services, neuropsychology, a large autism center, and a range of clinics devoted to anxiety, depression, and behavior problems.  The Division includes two research centers, the SMART Center for School Mental Health, and the Evidence-Based Practice Institute/Co-lab. Many division faculty also have affiliations with the Seattle Children’s Research Institute as well as other research centers and programs at the University of Washington. Our division is the home to one of the nation’s largest Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program as well as psychology intern and post-doctoral programs. 

The University of Washington’s Division of Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children’s is seeking candidates for one full-time academic psychiatrist at the rank of Assistant Professor without tenure due to funding (WOT) in either the clinician-teacher or faculty-scientist pathway.  Assistant Professors are eligible for multi-year appointments that align with a 12-month service period (July 1-June 30). Faculty with 12-month service periods are paid for 11 months of service over a 12-month period (July-June), meaning the equivalent of one month is available for paid time off.  We anticipate the hire to take place in Summer/Fall 2022.

This position will specialize in the care of children, youth, and families either involved in the juvenile justice system or at-risk for involvement.  Part of the position would involve providing child psychiatric services at Echo Glen, a juvenile corrections facility, as part of a psychology-psychiatry team from University of Washington.  Opportunities could be available to work with other programs that serve youth and families facing challenges related to immigration, structural racism, and other challenges.  The position would involve joining other leaders in planning the division’s approach to expanding its services, policy, and research programs related to disparities an youth at risk, with a range of activities to be determined in consultation with the division chief and colleagues.

This position would be a key role in collaborating with the forensics program at the Child Study and Treatment Center, and augmenting mentoring and educational supports for caring for youth served by the juvenile justice system for psychiatry and psychology residents.

This position is involved in psychology and psychiatry training, research, and clinical care. The successful candidate will participate in the division’s child psychiatry fellowship and psychology internship program. 

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Initial support is provided to help incoming faculty members develop their areas of scholarly interest.

All of the division’s psychiatrists also participate in on-call coverage in the Seattle Children’s Child Psychiatric Inpatient Unit (PBMU) and in call backing up child psychiatry fellows.

Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to experience within multi-cultural treatment settings; prior work partnering with community groups; fluency in a language or languages in addition to English; additional training in forensics, substance abuse, public policy, or public health.

MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree in medicine; board certified or eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry, and licensure eligibility in Washington State. 

Application Instructions
Please submit the following via Interfolio:
A letter of interest
A statement detailing how your teaching, research, and/or clinical service has supported underrepresented populations across dimensions of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, backgrounds, and interests. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the Department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint. Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities.

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Disability Services
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information
Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. 

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