Clinical Assistant Professor, International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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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 ethnic and cultural diversity of the Denver Metro area includes a Latino/Hispanic population that represents about a third of the population, a strong and visible African American community, a diverse array of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants, and a similarly diverse population of refugees and immigrants from East Africa. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). In addition to its broad and general education in Clinical Psychology, PsyD program also provides specialty training in a variety of socially responsive service areas, including in Latinx Psychology, Military Psychology, Health/Oncology Psychology, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders.  Furthermore, GSPP provides 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.

All GSPP programs promote comprehensive academic and applied teaching within an academic environment that values cooperation and collaboration and fosters critical thinking and self-determined functioning.  The School is educating students to provide culturally informed services to clients and the community.  Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be welcoming and inclusive to all students, staff and faculty.  GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork and innovation. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and encourage applications from individuals with minoritized identities.

MAIDP Program Summary

The International Disaster Psychology (IDP) Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health (IDP) is a 2 -year Master's Program within GSPP developed in 2005.  In additional 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. 

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.  Supervised experiences also include training and consulting with agencies, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and monitoring and evaluation psychosocial interventions domestically and abroad.  Our 2-year curriculum and practicum experiences help students develop a background in global mental health, a field focusing on methods for increasing mental health workforces in low-resource communities, addressing stigma regarding mental illness and mental health care and expanding beyond Western treatment models.

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.  It 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 ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

This Assistant-rank full-time benefited faculty role is a 10-month position in the clinical professional series with responsibilities in teaching, service, and administration. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace. The position reports to the Co-Directors of the MAIDP Program and will work closely with the Professional Psychology Clinic embedded in the PsyD program.  This position will also support MAIDP’s partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).  This partnership allows us to help meet the mental health needs of survivors of torture who have qualified for inclusion in IRC’s Resilience After Torture program which offers legal, health, case management and mental health services.  The TDRC is the provider of the mental health services arm of this grant.  The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service. 

Teaching and Service: Duties of core MAIDP faculty include teaching, advising, supervising, and mentoring students. Faculty members serve GSPP and the University (e.g., participating in student competency exams, faculty meetings, and the admissions process). The position will teach 2-3 master’s level courses in the MAIDP program, which will include providing clinical supervision for students. In addition, GSPP requires all faculty and staff to exhibit excellent citizenship and pursue professional development to foster a model workplace.

Other Departmental Duties: student advising, recruitment, academic committees and contributing to the running and maintenance of the program’s community facing clinic. The person serving in the Clinical line will work closely with GSPP’s Director of Clinical Operations and the Director of the Professional Psychology Center (PPC) to ensure that clinic policies and processes support excellent clinical training and outcomes. In addition, this position has opportunities for leadership among clinics in other academic programs at GSPP and across the University, where collaborative partnerships to provide clinical services are underway. This position has opportunities to build on and maintain the strong foundation of MAIDP’s success while also nurturing innovative approaches to clinical training through telehealth, data collection and outcomes assessment, fundraising and grant-writing, the development of faculty supervision practices, and community engagement.

Appointment, tenure, and promotion for this role will be governed by the University of Denver’s Policies and Procedures Relating to Faculty Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure. The position will be filled at the Clinical Assistant Professor rank.  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 will take place before the fourth year at the clinical assistant rank.

Essential Functions

Teaching and Advising

  • Teach practice-informed courses to fulfill needs of the MAIDP program, with the teaching load and specific courses to be determined in discussions with the MAIDP Co-Directors and Associate Dean.
  • Provide high-quality advising for students in accordance with GSPP, & DU protocols.
  • Maintain high teaching standards informed by best practices in pedagogy and leveraging available technologies to improve the student experience.
  • Provide clinical supervision and participation in competency exams
  • Pursue professional development to enhance leadership.

Other Departmental Duties

  • Orient entering students and new faculty and staff to clinic processes, policies, expectations, and requirements.
  • Provide mentorship and constructive feedback to supervisors to promote best clinical practices and appropriately address conflicts between supervisors and students.
  • Provide clinical oversight and assign incoming and transferring cases to student therapists and supervisors.
  • Create effective quality assurance processes to ensure required student paperwork is correctly completed.
  • Engage with community members to increase visibility of the TDRC.
  • Create fundraising and grant-writing opportunities to pursue meaningful opportunities for innovation in service provision.


  • 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.

Other Functions

  • Scholarship in the form of clinical knowledge creation and dissemination typically represent a small portion of a clinical faculty member’s workload.
  • Based on the administrative focus of this role, these expectations can be negotiated with the MAIDP Program Co-Directors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the practitioner-scholar model.
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, and teaching skills.
  • Ability to engage conflict resolution to mediate student issues.
  • Ability to problem-solve to address complex challenges associated with community service and innovation.
  • Ability to identify and implement collaborative process improvements.

Required Qualifications

  • PsyD or PhD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (for the Clinical Assistant Faculty element of the position).
  • At least two years of teaching, training, and/or supervision experience.
  • Licensed or license eligible to practice psychology in Colorado.
  • Experience working with diverse clinical populations including transnational populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience directing a training clinic or community mental health clinic.
  • Experience as a project manager or coordinator.
  • Have some knowledge and experience with working with Survivors of Torture (SoT)

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by May 22, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

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

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $75,000.

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
  3. Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide a letter of recommendation.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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

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