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Director of Pediatric Psychology

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 11, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
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Director of Pediatric Psychology

College/School/Unit: Dell Medical School
Department: Psychiatry
Posted: Jan 31, 2022
Apply By: Open until filled


The Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, in partnership with Ascension Seton Dell Children's Medical Center (DCMC), seeks a pediatric or clinical child and adolescent psychologist with a proven track record of academic medical center leadership to serve as our Director of Pediatric Psychology at the Texas Child Study Center (TCSC)/Pediatric Mental Health Services at Dell Children's Medical Center. TCSC consists of 19 pediatric psychologists, 11 child and adolescent psychiatrists, an APA-accredited internship and a pediatric psychology fellowship located at DCMC, a 203-bed Pediatric Level I Trauma Center, one of only five in the state of Texas. Our child psychology and psychiatry faculty are highly collaborative in clinical, training and research activities and fully integrated throughout the hospital and affiliated medical specialty clinics. The Director of Pediatric Psychology will participate with hospital and department leadership in overseeing the continued expansion and coordinated clinical programming at TCSC. The Director of Pediatric Psychology also will lead the research efforts within the child psychology program and serve as the primary mentor for the junior faculty in building their academic portfolio as they progress in the promotion process. The Division is heavily involved in both the Texas Childhood Trauma Research Network (CTRN) and the Texas Youth Depression Suicide Research Network (YSDRN) and the Director of Pediatric Psychology will be expected to have a major role in these programs.

Dell Medical School is the first new medical school to be built at a tier one research university in nearly fifty years and is committed to redesigning academic medicine and revolutionizing how people get and stay healthy. We strive to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem and seek qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful candidate must be able to effectively work with and be sensitive to the needs of historically underserved and marginalized communities, including persons of color.

Austin is the capital of Texas and nationally recognized as a vibrant, entrepreneurial and socially conscious city. Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, its live music scene, world-class cuisine and outdoor amenities have consistently kept Austin at the top of US News & World Report's “Best Places to Live” list.

Essential Functions
  • Work in partnership with the DCMC medical director of pediatric mental health and DCMC mental health service line director on all clinical, research, staffing, program development, recruitment/hiring, budgetary, and philanthropic initiatives
  • Participate on the DCMC Mental Health Steering Committee to monitor fiscal and budgetary performance of the mental health service line
  • Work in partnership with the division chief of psychology and departmental leadership in the evaluation of psychology faculty performance
  • Manage daily staffing, performance management, clinical competency, recruitment and retention of psychologists and associated subspecialty providers
  • Collaboratively design and implement value-based care delivery models that improve access to care, decrease wait times and achieve optimal treatment outcomes
  • Work with Ascension Seton financial and billing representatives to optimize mental and behavioral health service reimbursement
  • Increase extramural research grant funding within the division of psychology
  • Collaborate with psychology and psychiatry training directors in the training and supervision of students, interns, residents and fellows
  • Provide culturally competent, evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents and families
  • Foster collaborative partnerships with other schools at UT Austin and community providers


Required Qualifications:
  • Eligible for appointment as a tenure-track or tenured Associate Professor or Professor
  • Doctoral degree from an APA or CPA accredited program in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology
  • Completion of an APA or CPA accredited internship in psychology
  • Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child and adolescent or pediatric psychology
  • Unrestricted license to practice psychology in the State of Texas or ability to obtain prior to appointment
  • Board-certified or board-eligible in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology or related clinical specialty through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
  • Record of academic medical center leadership and achievement
  • Demonstrated expertise in providing culturally competent, evidence-based clinical services to children, adolescents and families
  • Documented track record of scholarship, as evidenced by extramural grant funding and/or peer-reviewed publications

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with value-based care delivery and integrated practice models
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Effective professional management skills, including the ability to plan, organize and schedule work with a focus on key priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to build and lead high-performing teams, providing clear direction and guidance
  • Sound judgement in decision-making
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change

Application Instructions

Please submit letter of interest and CV via Interfolio.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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