Instructor/Senior Instructor

Aurora, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Faculty Jobs
Health & Medical, Medicine
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description

Instructor/Sr. Instructor - Clinical Psychologist

Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Nature of Work

The Division of Geriatrics provides primary health care to the elderly, educates learners from multiple disciplines, and conducts research. This position will provide therapeutic assessments and treatment of patients with psychological disorders at the Seniors Clinic that is part of the University of Colorado Hospital coordinating with multi-disciplinary clinicians to provide team-based care in a patient-centered medical home setting. This position will serve at 75-100 percent of full-time depending on qualifications and experience.

Ideal candidates will have experience with integrated team-based care, with additional expertise in evidence-based psychotherapies and mental health issues in the elderly. Clinical skill is required for conducting brief and targeted assessments to provide short-term psychotherapy interventions, health and behavior change, substance abuse disorders, and triage for appropriate level of care.

Position Duties

Clinical Care
  • Provide consultations and recommendations for common behavioral health questions and presenting problems to geriatric medicine providers.
  • Using an integrated model of care, briefly assess, diagnose, and treat behavioral, mental, and emotional conditions using solution focused therapy.
  • Facilitate group visits.
  • Design and implement health promotion/disease prevention interventions.
  • Participate in, or take a leadership role in relevant QI projects, including regular outreach to dementia family caregivers.

Teaching and Supervision
  • Directly supervise behavioral health trainees (graduate students, psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows, and pre-licensure psychologists).

  • Provide team-based care.
  • Coach physicians in communication skills and techniques of health behavior change.
  • Facilitate referrals for more significant mental health conditions.
  • Participate in quality improvement and practice transformation initiatives, workflow modification, and the identification and deployment of new efficiencies.

  • Maintains eligibility for School of Medicine Faculty.
  • Keeps abreast of the latest developments in field, both academically and through applied skill.
  • May participate in clinical research projects (but not required to be a clinician-researcher unless pursuing traditional promotion path).
    Accepts other responsibilities specifically assigned by the clinic Medical Director.
  • Attends and presents at conferences, meetings and trainings in order to maintain certification and enhance professional skills; participates in faculty development activities.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology (PhD or PsyD)
  • Ability to obtain Colorado state licensure as a psychologist.
  • 2+ years' experience in clinical psychology, primary care or behavioral medicine

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Clinical skill is required for conducting brief and targeted assessments to provide short-term psychotherapy interventions, health and behavior change, substance use treatment, and triage for appropriate level of care.
  • Demonstrated skill in supervision of clinical staff and trainees
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Division of Geriatrics and clinic faculty and staff.
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple tasks and maintain a well-organized work environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Capacity for flexibility and adaptability in different work situations.
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations.
  • Experience training and developing staff.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with integrated team-based care, particularly in a primary care based setting.
  • Expertise in evidence-based psychotherapies.
  • Experience in mental health disorders in the elderly.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12758

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20194 - SOM-MED-Geriatrics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 23, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Bennett Parnes, MD

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00726954


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