Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver (DU) is research-oriented, valuing a collaborative and integrative approach to psychological science that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovation and invests in people in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our mission is to advance psychological science by generating and sharing new knowledge through collaborative scholarship, educating and mentoring student scholars, and contributing to the public good. Our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program is APA-accredited and ascribes to a clinical science model, including membership in the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.  We are a broad clinical program with a specialty emphasis on children, adolescents, and families.

DU endeavors to be a great university dedicated to the public good and to uphold the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The University recognizes that its success is dependent on how well it lives these values, including how we engage, support, and champion members both at DU and in the greater community. As part of our commitment to recruiting and retaining faculty from communities of color, individuals of diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, and/or those with disabilities, new employees will be invited to participate in a pilot University-wide cohort hiring initiative that will include supportive programming facilitated by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and by their academic units. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email The University has also invested additional resources into its public good and DEI commitments including, The Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE), Center for Immigration Policy and Research (CIPR), Latinx Center, Center for Community Engagement to Advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), and the DU Mental Health and Wellness Collaborative.  The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Psychology are actively engaged in these priorities and efforts.

DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant urban center in the Rocky Mountain region, home to more than 3 million people. Our metropolitan location supports collaboration across local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 6100 undergraduates (including 700+ psychology majors), 7500 graduate students, and over 700 full-time faculty.  The University recently received recognition as an R1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 

Position Summary

We seek candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2024 in the Clinical Psychology area of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a research program focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in mental health, broadly defined. For example, we seek applicants whose research includes topics such as a) systemic inequities that impact mental health or present barriers to treatment; b) disparities in access to or efficacy of evidence-based treatments; c) development, evaluation, dissemination, and/or implementation of culturally-responsive assessment and treatment approaches with historically underserved populations; and/or d) inclusion and enhanced understanding of minoritized racial or ethnic groups and/or gender diverse populations. We anticipate that a wide range of research programs beyond these specific examples would match the position, and we encourage applications on all DEI-relevant mental health research.  We see possibilities for a scholar to connect with our department’s current research at many methodological levels, for example, basic science, prevention, screening and assessment, intervention, and/or implementation. Our department values a developmental approach with many of our faculty having interests in human development, especially during the prenatal period, infancy and early childhood, middle childhood/school-age, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. Many faculty also share an interest in understanding stress, early experiences, and development. A developmental focus is not required for this position, but candidates should articulate those interests if they are part of their current or future research plans. Candidates should describe how their research connects to and complements the existing research strengths of our clinical faculty and other departmental faculty.

Successful applicants will have an outstanding record of research achievement and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, including classroom teaching, mentoring, and clinical supervision in evidence-based approaches. All core clinical faculty are expected to serve as clinical supervisors in the Center for Child and Family Psychology; thus, candidates should be licensed as a psychologist or license-eligible in Colorado. We are particularly interested in candidates whose professional expertise and/or lived experiences inform their commitment to advancing the principles and practice of DEI in their research, teaching, and service.

We welcome your questions directed to Department Chair, Sarah Watamura, PhD at

Essential Functions

All candidates should have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education and demonstrated aptitude for excellence in teaching, including classroom teaching, mentoring, and clinical supervision in evidence-based approaches.

  • Maintain an ongoing research program.
  • Teach 4 course equivalents per year (on the quarter system) as assigned, divided among graduate and undergraduate courses; including University and department core requirements, elective and specialized courses, and clinical supervision.
  • Supervise graduate student research projects, theses, and dissertations.
  • Participate in department and university citizenship and service activities commensurate with a full-time faculty member.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Research skills commensurate with area of study.
  • Strong potential for high-quality teaching and mentoring.
  • Strong potential for high-quality clinical supervision in evidence-based approaches.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Expertise in inclusive pedagogical practices.   
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work independently and collaboratively in teams.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. from an accredited Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology or another relevant mental health program (ABD considered for an Assistant Professor hire with completion date before 9-1-2024. If dissertation is not complete, individual will hold the title of Instructor).
  • Licensed as a psychologist, or licensed-eligible as a psychologist in the state of Colorado.
  • Strong research skills appropriate for area of study.
  • Potential to pursue research funding appropriate for area of study.
  • Strong potential for high-quality teaching and mentoring.
  • Strong potential for high-quality clinical supervision in evidence-based approaches.
  • Strong potential for working effectively in research and clinical settings with diverse populations.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong programmatic research portfolio with evidence of funding commensurate with career stage. 
  • Evidence of high-quality teaching, mentoring, and clinical supervision.
  • Evidence of supervising evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches.
  • Evidence of working effectively in research and clinical settings with diverse populations.

Work Schedule

While the University’s administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University’s academic calendars are posted on the registrar’s website: (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar here:

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on September 15, 2023. Applications will 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 for this position is $80,000-$90,000.

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. Letter of interest
  2. Research statement
  3. Teaching statement which should include discussion of a) teaching philosophy, experience, and effectiveness; and b) clinical supervision interests and expertise in evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention
  4. Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The separate DEI statement should provide a description of how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  1. C.V.
  2. Three reprints/preprints.
  1. Names and contact information of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation.

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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