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The Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (Psychology Section) invites applications for a clinical psychologist to fill a full-time faculty position as an Assistant Professor at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). The position will be based at the clinic for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP). CMHC is a joint venture between the Yale Department of Psychiatry and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). The STEP clinic was founded within CMHC in April of 2006 to provide a multi-element, empirically based model of care to individuals and families facing a new onset psychotic disorder. The clinic has since fielded more than 600 inquiries from clinicians, patients and family members and established a reputation for timely and responsive engagement of patients and families in the midst of an acute psychiatric crisis. STEP recently completed a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine the cost-effectiveness of this model of early intervention for psychosis, and in July of 2013 received additional support from DMHAS to resource its expansion. The focus of STEP will move toward improving access to early intervention across the State.
The individual selected for this position will serve as the Program Director (PD) of STEP. The PD will manage this expansion of STEP that will involve managing a larger clinic population and improving community outreach to reduce delays in accessing the service. The first few years after psychosis onset constitutes a critical period for young patients, when they suffer the greatest risk for self-harm and the onset of several adverse prognostic markers including substance use and poor adherence to treatment. This is a time when timely secondary prevention can have a transformative impact on life course. The PD will thus need considerable experience working independently in a busy clinical environment where s/he will: (a) manage and provide psychological consultation to an interdisciplinary clinical team, (b) refine existing family education individual and group treatments, (c) implement an expansion of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy based group and social skills training programs within the STEP service, (c) assist with ongoing research within STEP and collaborations with other investigative teams, (d) participate in the professional education of a variety of trainees, including Psychiatry residents, Psychology pre-doctoral and practicum students, social work interns and medical students, and (e) develop a program of independent scholarly activity consistent with the Clinical-Educator track at the Department of Psychiatry.
The ideal candidate will have: (a) a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from an APA-approved graduate program, (b) expertise in behavioral assessment and intervention, (c) 3-5 years of independent practice with early psychosis patients and families, (d) administrative experience running a clinical service is strongly preferred, (e) scholarly output in the area of early interventions for psychotic disorders and (f) a strong commitment to community work and training others in an applied setting. License eligibility in the state of Connecticut is a must. This is a full-time position with strong potential for academic promotion.
For more information about STEP please visit www.step.yale.edu, and about the Psychology Section in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, please visit http://www.psychiatry.yale.edu/.
Applicants should send (a) a letter of application, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) statement of professional interests, (d) two writing samples and (e) contact information for three professional references to: Vinod H. Srihari, M.D., Director STEP, 34 Park Street, Rm 273A, New Haven, CT 06509. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply
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