Clinical Faculty, International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health Program

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver (DU) is a top-ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU has a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program and four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology, as well as online certificates and continuing education. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high-level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship. Our strategic plan Innovation and Impact: Psychology for a Complex World outlines how we are building on our academic strengths in order to expand our community reach.

MAIDP Program Summary

The International Disaster Psychology Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health (MAIDP) is a two-year Master’s Program within GSPP developed in 2005.  In addition to providing master’s level training in general clinical psychology, the program meets a clear need for specialized knowledge and experience to work in the trauma, disaster, and global mental health fields.   

Many of the clients our program and graduates serve have experienced various traumas, coming from oppressed, impoverished, displaced communities. As such, we embrace incorporation of trauma-informed perspectives through a liberation psychology lens when teaching, training, and supervising in our program.  In our training program, students receive intensive academic coursework, supervised training in providing mental health services within our community-facing Trauma Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC), as well as in domestic and international field placements.  The TDRC is a multicultural, community-participatory mental health program with a drive toward promoting equity and social justice in Colorado.  Supervised experiences also include training and consulting with agencies, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and monitoring and evaluating psychosocial interventions domestically and abroad.  Our 2-year curriculum and practicum experiences help students to develop a background in global mental health, focus on methods for increasing mental health workforces in low-resource communities, and address stigma regarding mental illness and mental health care and expanding beyond “Western” treatment models. As such, we emphasize the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive service delivery.   

As part of our training model, MAIDP offers a broad range of confidential and evidence-based mental health care to the Denver community through multiple specialized clinics. The TDRC has provided low-cost, high-quality psychological services to the Denver community for nearly 10 years and serves refugees, trauma survivors, and individuals who have faced adversity.  The TDRC also houses a specialized grant funded project that serves Survivors of Torture (SoT) connected to an initiative in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).  We utilize an integrative, need and strengths-based approach that is culturally informed.  Faculty members in the IDP Program supervise students in the TDRC.  For more information on the TDRC, see our website:  

The MAIDP program promotes comprehensive academic and applied training within an environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning. The program is committed to educating students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community. Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all students, staff, and faculty. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork, and innovation. The MAIDP program is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate their ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

Applicants are invited to submit materials for an assistant- or associate-rank, 10-month position in the clinical professorial series to start Fall 2022. While applicants across a range of expertise are invited to apply, we are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching demonstrate a commitment to social justice approaches to equity for historically marginalized and vulnerable communities and focus on:  

  • Mental health and wellness, including global mental health theories and practice,  health disparities, trauma psychology, disaster psychology and culturally alert and  affirming clinical practice. 
  • Interventions and teaching strategies that promote inclusion and decolonization in  psychology training and research, anti-oppressive clinical psychology values at both  macro/structural and micro levels, anti-racism practices and pedagogy, and related  values and practices.  

The successful candidate will be expected to primarily teach, mentor, and supervise master’s level students and will have opportunity to collaborate on  high-impact research projects supported by external grants that augment the research directions of the program.  The University of Denver has developed multi-year contracts in the professorial series, as described in the Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace.  

This is an Assistant or Associate level position that will be appointed at the rank appropriate for the candidate’s documented experience and excellence in the field:

  • Clinical Assistant Professors will be candidates in the first two to seven years of experience post-doctorate with strong, documented potential for excellence in teaching, service, clinical expertise, administration, and/or scholarship. Appointments at this rank will have a maximum of six years of service prior to consideration for promotion, and a reappointment review before the fourth year at the assistant rank. 
  • Clinical Associate Professors will be candidates who are mid-career teacher/practitioner/scholars with a strong, documented record of excellence in teaching, service, clinical expertise, administration, and/or scholarship.

Essential Functions

Teaching, Supervising, and Advising 

  • Teach graduate courses in a manner that creates a supportive learning environment for students with a range of backgrounds and professional goals. The teaching load and specific courses will be determined in discussions with the MAIDP Program Co-Directors and GSPP leadership (sample courses under consideration include: Global Mental Health Systems, Trauma Interventions, Assessment in Multicultural Contexts, Clinical Interviewing, Statistics (optional), Group Interventions, Family Systems, Grief & Loss). 
  • Provide high-quality advising for students in accordance with GSPP, DU, and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) protocols. 
  • Perform committee and taskforce assignments in support of departmental goals. Maintain high teaching standards informed by best practices in pedagogy and leveraging available technologies to improve the student experience. 
  • Provide clinical supervision, participation in competency exams and engage in practice-informed teaching. 
  • Pursue continued professional development in both clinical and pedagogical realms. 


  • Exhibit good citizenship through collaboration and service on committees to support GSPP, the University, community, and national and global efforts to improve the practice of psychology. 
  • Participate in the MAIDP admissions process. 
  • Uphold GSPPs commitment to inclusive excellence and to be a model workplace through all professional activities. Participating in and co-determining outcomes of MAIDP oral comprehensive exams annually.   


  • Provide supervision, oversight, thought leadership, and administrative support to the clinical practicum & global internship coordinator. This staff member provides administrative support.  The role of the faculty member is to oversee and provide faculty support to students and site partners where needed. 
  • Work with student services staff and departmental colleagues to monitor student compliance and training outcomes related to applied practical training. 
  • Intervene to provide support and find collaborative resolution regarding student and supervisor issues in practicum training.  

Other functions 

  • There may be the opportunity to develop a scholarship and research portfolio in the form of knowledge creation and dissemination compatible with the overarching aims of MAIDP. Preferably these activities would include paid opportunities for students to engage in scholarship and research. The workload percentage of these activities is negotiable. Noting teaching is at the core of this position, these expectations can be negotiated with the MAIDP Program Co-Directors. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to practitioner-scholar model. 
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities. 
  • Ability to teach at the university level, reflecting the school's and discipline's commitment to racial and social justice. 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills for classroom teaching, student advising, and mentoring. 
  • Ability to engage in conflict resolution to mediate student issues. 
  • Sensitivity in the areas of oppression, discrimination, and racism. 
  • Ability to problem-solve to address complex challenges associated with innovation. 
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements. 

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have completed all graduation requirements from a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology (PsyD or PhD) by September 1, 2022. 
  • Two years of teaching, training, and/or supervision experience at the master’s or doctoral level. 
  • Excellence or potential for excellence in teaching across the MA and doctoral curricula. 
  • License eligible to practice psychology in Colorado. 
  • Awareness and sensitivity around issues of cultural attunement, specifically related to work with transnational and historically marginalized populations. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years post-PsyD or PhD practice experience.
  • Licensed to practice psychology in Colorado. 
  • Local and/or national involvement in education and training. 
  • Research and teaching focus in mental health and wellness, policy practice, and/or anti-oppressive psychology. 
  • Fluency in Spanish and English. 
  • Demonstrated interest and skill in clinical training from a social justice perspective. 
  • Multicultural clinicians/candidates highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Exhibit a developing agenda of publication, research, and external funding reflective of the rank. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on November 30, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $100,000, depending on rank and qualifications.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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