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Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 34932
Job Description

The University of Missouri, Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the availability of a one year postdoctoral fellowship position for a graduate of a counseling or clinical doctoral psychology program. This is a full-time position housed within the Department of Athletics at the University of Missouri; the post-doctoral fellow will provide services exclusively to student-athletes within the department. This position is designed for someone who is pursuing licensure as a psychologist and is seeking specialized experience working within an athletics department providing psychological services to NCAA Division I student-athletes.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive psychological services that support student-athletes in becoming their best selves; to promote mental health and emotional wellness; to destigmatize help-seeking; and to contribute to a safe, welcoming and multiculturally aware athletic department. A necessary qualification for this position is a demonstration of past efforts, and a sincere commitment to working toward diversity, equity and inclusive excellence within our department. A thorough understanding of the context of the current social unrest and understanding/knowledge of the longstanding history of oppression within the U.S is also required.

The postdoctoral fellowship is designed to provide a unique training opportunity under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will provide confidential individual counseling and consultation services to approximately 550 student-athletes and 20 sport teams, crisis intervention, and consultation with mental performance coaches, team coaches, athletic trainers, dieticians, and team physicians. The Fellow will have opportunities to develop and implement specific programs that match their interest and our need. The Fellow will also be part of our Integrated Health Care Team (IHT); this team includes a sports medicine physician, dietician, athletic trainer, psychologist and psychiatrist. The team meets once a week in order to follow student-athletes with complex health/mental health concerns.

A unique aspect of this position is that it allows close collaboration with mental performance coaches, as authorized by medical releases. Our mental performance coaches work individually with student-athletes and closely with teams and coaching staff. Thus, they have unique understandings of team dynamics that can assist in gaining a broader view of the student-athlete in context of their teammates and team culture. Our mental performance coaches tend to be highly trusted by student-athletes and play a pivotal role in helping our therapists understand the broader context of team norms/dynamics as well as being partners with the therapist in reinforcing goals set by student-athletes in therapy.


We are looking for a highly motivated, doctoral graduate from a counseling or clinical psychology APA-accredited training program, including completion of an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship. Qualified candidates should have exceptional clinical skills in working with diverse populations including psychological evaluation/assessment and crisis management. A strong interest in college mental health and working with collegiate student-athletes is preferred. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds is essential. A strong understanding of professional ethics and boundaries, as well as exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are a must. Other preferred qualifications include: 1) a demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team; 2) flexibility and capacity to respond well to change; 3) being self-motivated and hard-working; and 4) commitment to training and development as a professional in psychology. Finally, as indicated above, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence is extremely important.

Application Materials

To apply, please submit a cover letter explaining how you anticipate this position fitting your professional goals/interests and suggesting how your training, experience, and strengths would contribute to the mission and goals of our program. Please indicate the expected completion date of your doctoral degree/predoctoral internship. In addition to your personal letter, please include a current Curriculum Vita, official transcripts of all graduate work, three letters of recommendation (one of which needs to come from your primary internship supervisor).

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 11/16/2020
Application Due: 2/14/2021
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