Child Study and Human Development: Child and Family Mental Health and Development

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Child and Family Mental Health and Development to begin July 1st, 2018. The successful applicant will have a research program that integrates behavioral and neuro-developmental science with practice-based knowledge to support and enhance the well-being of children and families using a strengths-based approach. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in areas related to the understanding, treatment, and education of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders in general and Autism Spectrum Disorder in particular, as well as more general courses having to do with child and family mental health and development and children with special needs.

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development is internationally known for its scholarship, its undergraduate and graduate programs, including Ph.D., and M.A., programs in Child Study and Human Development, as well as for its preparation of students to work with diverse groups of children and families in a variety of clinical, educational and policy-oriented settings. The goal of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development is to contribute to a socially just and inclusive world for children and families. We make diverse contributions through our teaching, research, and the application of developmental science using “Research Practice Integration” and strength-based approaches to optimize individual and family development across the life span. The interdisciplinary department has a long-standing commitment to research, teaching, and professional practice related to child and family mental health – understood in the context of culture and community – and to collaboration with other academic departments within the university and the broader community. See for more information about the department and its programs and research centers.

Qualifications. Candidates must possess a doctorate in one of the disciplines associated with applied developmental science (e.g., clinical developmental psychology, education, human development, nursing, public health, social policy or human ecology). Applicants' research and teaching expertise should reflect a developmental systems approach to the biopsychosocial contexts involved in child and family mental health and development. We seek in particular candidates whose research and teaching background and experiences focus on diversity in neurodevelopment among children and adolescents, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and who will strengthen our connections with such Tufts departments as Community Health, Education, Engineering, Occupational Therapy, and Psychology, as well as Tufts' Schools of Medicine, and Dental Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition and with Tufts' community partners.

The successful candidate will have developed a program of research including publications and a commitment to, and potential for, successful grantsmanship. Evidence of successful teaching is also required. Experience working in interdisciplinary settings and on interdisciplinary translational projects, and clinical expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders, are highly desirable.

Application instructions. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at Interested persons should send their CV, a description of their research program and of their teaching experience, two to three representative scholarly publications, and three letters of recommendation. For any questions, please contact Mary Ellen Santangelo, Department Manager, at or 617-627-5270.

Evaluation of candidates will begin October 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

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