Assistant Research Faculty, Forensic Psychology

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

About the University of Denver
Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

About the Graduate School of Professional Psychology
At the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), our goal is to transform the way we think about and approach mental health and wellness. We do so through groundbreaking academic programs and experiential training that aims to ensure we can better meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to developing exceptional practitioners and scholars by offering a well-rounded approach to education. Every single one of our programs blends valuable academic offerings, intensive field-based training, cutting-edge applied research, and constructive community engagement. Our academic programs are rooted in our history of service and have developed over time to meet the growing needs of society. For more information, please visit http://psychology.du.edu.

GSPP was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail (practitioner-scholar) training model. GSPP currently also offers four specialized master’s programs: Forensic Psychology, International Disaster Psychology: Trauma and Global Mental Health, Sport and Performance Psychology, and Sport Coaching, as well as online certificates and continuing education. The School also has a partially affiliated, APA-accredited internship consortium and several in-house and satellite psychology training clinics that serve Denver and the surrounding communities. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high-level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship.

About Denver FIRST
The University of Denver’s Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST) serves as a regional hub for expertise in forensic mental health. Operated within GSPP and integrated with the MAFP program, Denver FIRST fosters community and university partnerships through a host of research, service, and training opportunities. We foster community and university partnerships through a host of research, service and training opportunities. Current projects and partnerships include work with adults and juveniles involved with the criminal justice system. Areas of particular expertise include forensic mental health evaluations, outpatient competency restoration, immigration/asylum issues and forensic neuropsychology. Our policy and advocacy work focuses on improving forensic mental health systems, ensuring standards for professionals and evaluations, and advocating for legislative reform for marginalized persons. Our accomplished faculty members hold a wide range of forensic psychology expertise. By engaging in research, clinical services and training, we aim to improve forensic mental health practices locally and globally.

The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology and Denver FIRST are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment. We encourage knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to effectively engage with diverse individuals and communities.

Position Summary

Denver FIRST seeks a research faculty member to work on or serve as Principal Investigator on a number of externally-funded projects. This is a full-time, benefited, twelve-month faculty position. The Research Professorial Series does not necessarily imply a remunerative relationship with the University. Candidates for this role are expected to be fully funded from external sources. Appointments are subject to the availability of external funding and may terminate due to the lack of external funding. The generation of adequate research funds is the responsibility of this faculty member.

This research faculty position will join a highly interactive, supportive, and interdisciplinary group of faculty and students in the Master’s of Forensic Psychology (MAFP) program. The primary duties of this position will involve managing and leading externally-funded projects as part of GSPP’s applied clinical research enterprise as well as engaging with scholarly activity related to these projects. Departmental expectations unrelated to these projects can be negotiated and compensated accordingly. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their research and service.

This position reports to the Denver FIRST Clinic Director. The research faculty member will supervise employees tied to grant projects. This individual will be responsible for the daily management, supervision, training, and evaluation of personnel (such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professional research staff) whose positions are funded by research grants on which s/he/they is the principal investigator.

Denver FIRST’s current externally-funded projects include the Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP), which serves as the region’s only university-based outpatient competency restoration program and has successfully renewed its contract with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) for its third year.

Denver FIRST was also just awarded funding from the Fines Committee to expand its programming to serve persons with brain injuries in the competency system in Colorado. That expansion is a 24-month pilot project designed to identify and assess defendants with brain injuries (traumatic and acquired; TBI and ABI) ordered to outpatient competency restoration programs, as well as enhance TBI-informed interventions for those identified defendants.

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) has also recently launched the Denver FIRST Juvenile Justice Project. The Denver FIRST Juvenile Justice Project aims to provide gender-sensitive and culturally competent evidence-based intervention and prevention services to juvenile justice-involved girls in the Denver metro area. This project is funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) federal grant through September 2023.

While these projects may change over time, currently this position will serve as Principal Investigator on the Denver FIRST Outpatient Competency Restoration Program and the Fines Committee Brain-Injury grant.
As Principal Investigator, this position will be responsible for providing administrative and clinical oversight of all aspects of these projects, including overall project management, providing clinical supervision to graduate clinicians providing evaluation and consultative services through the Denver FIRST, overseeing program evaluation, hiring and supervising relevant personnel, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and and policies. The Research Faculty member will also oversee grant expenditures and renewals and proposals to secure funding for the continuation of this position and related programming.

In addition, the Research Assistant Faculty will have the opportunity to lead a collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Project operating under Denver FIRST. Contributions to this project may include but are not limited to, the development of programmatic structure and processes, provision of supervision to graduate clinicians, and establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with community partners and relevant stakeholders.

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. This is an assistant professor rank position.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as Principal Investigator on Denver FIRST projects, currently including the Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP) and the Fines Committee grant.
  • Provide programmatic management for the Denver FIRST brain injury pilot program and OCRP including program evaluation, scholarly output, and supervision for an estimated 14 field placements filled by MAFP and/or PsyD graduate students and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology.
  • Clinically supervise services provided by the graduate student clinicians, including weekly individual and group meetings with up to 14 students for 60 minutes, as well as review of clinical documentation and reporting
  • Clinically supervise evaluation and consultation services provided by the Denver FIRST post-doctoral fellow.
  • Provide oversight and supervision as necessary to any contracted external Denver FIRST supervisors.
  • Supervise the GSPP Denver FIRST Clinic Assistant who oversees timecards, referrals, contacts, and other administrative duties.
  • Document and audit session notes and required reporting to Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) in GSPP’s electronic medical record system (Titanium).
  • Manage the Fines Committee contract and OCRP contract and ensure programmatic and administrative regulatory compliance with contract and adherence to budget.
  • Implement reporting and contract renewal process with the Fines Committee and OCRP, in partnership with GSPP Operations team and DU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).
  • Provide oversight of financial management including the preparation of monthly invoices, generation of invoices to sponsor, and follow-up on unpaid invoices as needed.
  • Train and mentor graduate student clinicians and postdoctoral fellows on competency restoration and related topics.
  • Design and modernize restoration curriculum for general and specific ITP populations (e.g., persons with TBI, juveniles).
  • Establish, support, and maintain positive working relationships with other state and agency supervisors and stakeholders.
  • Orient and onboard entering students to practicum processes, policies, expectations, and requirements.
  • Coordinate the fall and winter interview and selection processes.
  • Monitor agency and student compliance in accordance with the community practicum expectations and policies statement and collaborate with the State of Colorado’s Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health (OCFM) OCRP Director to intervene as necessary, following GSPP and DU protocols for addressing concerns.
  • Communicate with students in groups and individually to provide support and develop collaborative solutions to improve the field placement program.
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative practicum training opportunities (e.g., training in screening for traumatic brain injury in competency clients).
  • Oversee process of evaluating student competencies in field placements and prepare quarterly student evaluations and address concerns with MAFP Directors and faculty advisors.
  • In collaboration with GSPP student services staff, generate bi-annual reports about student match numbers, hours collected, and the types of work students are engaging in.
  • In partnership with other faculty leadership, work with all active students to ensure all paperwork, clinical hours, and other requirements are met and recorded, in conjunction with relevant GSPP staff.
  • Contribute to scientific literature and other programs in operation to keep Denver FIRST’s OCRP and brain injury-related services current and effective.
  • Oversee program evaluation of the Denver FIRST brain injury pilot program and OCRP.
  • Disseminate outcomes and related information about the OCRP and about the Denver FIRST brain injury pilot program in relevant scholarly outlets and settings as well as community layperson settings.
  • Manage the Denver FIRST brain injury pilot program Canvas site for student training purposes.
  • Provide coverage of student clinical services as needed.
  • Other duties as requested/assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health (OCFM) and other community stakeholder agencies
  • Knowledge of Colorado’s competency to stand trial evaluation and restoration statutes and procedures.
  • Advanced skills in providing cognitive screening, forensic mental health services, and working with individuals with cognitive impairments.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to function independently and supervise and train graduate clinicians.
  • Advanced computer skills including use of electronic health record and MS Office products and the ability to learn new tools as needed.
  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to change with composure.
  • Sound clinical ability and knowledge of clinical supervision.
  • Thorough knowledge of all state, federal and regulatory agency rules and regulations with application to behavioral health practice including licensing processes; maintains contemporary knowledge of behavioral health practice standards.
  • Knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to effectively engage with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Advanced skills in mental health diagnosis and treatment

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctoral degree in psychology, counseling, or related field
  • Licensure as a Psychologist in the state of Colorado
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in competency restoration or competency evaluation
  • 2+ years of relevant experience working in state-level systems or equivalent
  • Due to the nature of this position, candidates must be able to pass a background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years of supervisory experience
  • Experience managing funded contracts with state and local community agencies
  • Experience managing partnership databases, relationships and agency compliance to supervision agreements
  • Experience providing telehealth services
  • Experience working with individuals diagnosed with neurocognitive disorders
  • Experience working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system and/or with trauma histories
  • Expertise with cognitive assessment, forensic mental health services, including experience with competency to stand trial evaluations and/or competency restoration
  • Expertise in crisis intervention and providing evidence-based practices, including experience with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
While the university's work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., this position may require student contact or supervision time outside of these hours, including evenings.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. on February 3, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu 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 12-month position is $90,000-$108,000.

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.

Benefits:
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. Resume
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 contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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