Title: Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Clinical & Education-open discipline (College of Medicine)
The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences (DBSS) in the newly established University of Houston College of Medicine (UHCOM) announces an opening for a behavioral scientist faculty. Applications for this position are encouraged from multiple mental health disciplines, including marriage and family therapy, social work and clinical or counseling psychology.
We seek behavioral scientists that will be dedicated to shaping compassionate physician care givers that are incredibly informed and skilled at addressing the psychosocial aspects of medicine. Graduates will be prepared for new models of care and the highest levels of physician-patient partnerships following a relationship centered care model.
Academically, applicants should have expertise in developing curricula, and will be effective teachers didactically, in small groups and clinically with multiple disciplines. With regard to scholarship, we will provide a fertile environment for mid-career faculty and mentor those early in their career. Participation or leadership investigating the role of DBSS goal in fulfilling the mission of UHCOM is expected. This position will report directly to the DBSS Chair.
Specific duties include the following:
Educational Mission (75% of effort):
Facilitate and develop or co-develop trainee reflective and skills building activities for professionalism, wellness and relationship centered care.
Based on general behavioral, as well as discipline specific knowledge, contribute to our Behavioral Medicine Course and, Physicians, Patients and Populations (a course that covers clinical skills, evidence-based medicine, health systems science, and interpersonal relationships), and Longitudinal Clinical Experiences.
Based on discipline specific knowledge, contribute content and teaching to weekly Integrated Clinical Cases. Similarly, contribute content and teaching to Clinical Focus Experiences, which are one week long mini courses providing in depth examination of access issues, population medicine, pain, substance use and end of life care.
Provide clinical and other training for residents, practicing professionals, and graduate students from UH clinical psychology, educational psychology, and social work programs.
Based on discipline specific knowledge, develop advanced elective experiences.
Serve on UHCOM educational committees.
Clinical Mission (25% of effort):
Evaluate, treat, and consult on the behavioral health care of patients in the UHCOM Community Health Center or other sites as developed.
Provide input for the development of behavioral health and other clinical protocols and guidelines. Contribute to quality improvement initiatives.
Scholarship on DBSS contributions to producing compassionate psychosocially knowledgeable physicians.
Contribute to and potentially lead competitive applications for sponsored curriculum innovation projects.
Integrate community outreach activities with behavioral science education.
Full-Time: 1 FTE
Rank and salary commensurate with academic achievements and experience. This is a non-tenure track position. The college of medicine anticipates being able to make tenure track positions available for application in the future.
Doctoral degree in behavioral science discipline.
Terminal degree in clinical discipline.
Licensed or license eligible in the State of Texas.
Experience and enthusiasm for teaching learners in the targeted demographic.
Experience as medical student course or resident rotation director or co-director.
Experience in curriculum development in the areas of behavioral health, health behavior and promotion, wellness or social determinants of health.
An understanding of primary care, physician practice and working with underserved populations.
Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of clinicians and faculty
Experience implementing evidence-based approaches to care.
Scholarship or clinical expertise in mind-body related interventions including their application to enhance trainee wellness.
Scholarship or strengths for creation of relationship centered care training experiences.
Ability to collaborate on behavioral science translational research and provide research mentorship of students.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Houston is the nation's fourth largest city, offering a great quality of life that includes affordable housing options in excellent school districts, world-class arts, pro sports, award-winning cuisine and employment opportunities in numerous industries throughout the region.
The University of Houston is located in close proximity to the Texas Medical Center, which is home to The MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT Medical School, Michael E. DeBakey Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and Baylor College of Medicine, among other institutions. This environment is rich in potential for numerous collaborative opportunities.