Assistant Professor (Clinical Psychology)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 509149
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Psychology
Date opened: 09 Jul 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in Clinical Psychology, Cultural Developmental Focus

The Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning September 1, 2022 with focus on issues of race and ethnicity from a developmental perspective (i.e., child, adolescent, or family systems focus).

We are seeking a colleague whose work aims to promote social justice and anti-racism through connections with psychological processes and healing. Examples of potential areas of focus include but are not limited to: developmental processes of racialization, including racial and ethnic identities; racial and anti-racist socialization within families; experiences with, effects of, or coping with and resistance to racism and discrimination for children and adolescents; mental health experiences and/or disparities related to race and culture in children and adolescents; community-based problem prevention and/or evidence-based clinical practice with racial and ethnic minority children and adolescents; family resilience processes; intergenerational family dynamics related to race and racism. Priority will be given to candidates whose work focuses on developmental clinical psychology within Latinx communities. However, candidates who focus on developmental clinical psychology within Black, Indigenous, Asian American, MENA, and other minoritized communities are also encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring students within the undergraduate psychology major and within the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, which has a scientist-practitioner-activist training model. Within the undergraduate major, teaching may include courses focused on racial issues and populations (e.g., existing courses such as “Race, Culture, and Relationships,” “Psychology and Social Justice,” “Psychology and the Black Experience,” “Asian American Psychology,” or developing new courses on areas such as Latinx, Indigenous, or MENA Psychology) and developmentally focused courses (e.g., “Adolescence,” “The Family and Child” or developing new courses in child or family experiences and/or the impact of child or family therapy with racialized populations). Within the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, teaching may include core courses and elective doctoral courses consistent with the area of expertise such as family therapy, child assessment, or child therapy. Additional responsibilities include offering personalized learning opportunities, research mentoring, and advising to undergraduate and doctoral students; and contributing to service for the program, department, university, and Greater Boston communities.

Requirements for consideration include a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or a closely related field and clear evidence of excellence in (or potential for excellence in) both research and teaching. Preference will be given to licensed or license-eligible applicants with doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology or related licensable fields (e.g., Counseling, School, Neuropsychology).

The University of Massachusetts Boston is the only public university in the Greater Boston area. Founded in 1965, during the U.S. Civil Rights Era, UMass Boston maintains a strong commitment to social justice in its approach to education and training. UMass Boston is a Department of Education (U.S. DOE) designated Minority Serving Institution (MSI): Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. We serve the most diverse student population in New England, with a majority of students of color; many of our students are from immigrant backgrounds, and/or are the first in their families to go to college. Nine UMass Boston colleges and schools offer more than 80 undergraduate programs and 110 graduate programs to nearly 17,000 students. More than 50 interdisciplinary institutes and centers pursue research and public service in such areas as public policy; gerontology; media; labor; mentoring; women in politics; African American, Latinx, Asian American, and Native American issues; and environmental concerns. The Psychology Department is currently engaged in an ongoing process of furthering our anti-racist focus in our curriculum and departmental practices. For more information about the Psychology Department, visit our website at

Accredited by the American Psychologi­cal Association, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program adopts a “scientist-practitio­ner-activist” model. We locate the scientist-practitioner model within a socio-cultural context, bringing to the study and practice of clinical psychology an understanding of social justice, equity, oppression, systems of privilege and marginalization, procedural and relational justice, and epistemological and methodological marginalization. Our program prepares clinical psychologists who have an excellent foundation in psychological science and can translate their basic knowledge into practical applications to meet the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults from diverse sociocultural groups. Graduates of the program have the requisite skills to advance understanding of key human problems through research, scholarly activities, clinical practice, teaching, professional service, advocacy, and activism. For more information, see our website:

Salary and Application Information:

Faculty. State Funded. Benefited. Reference Job Number: 509149. Position is contingent upon availability of funding.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests/experiences, (p)reprints of publications, and contact information for 3 references who we may contact later in the process. Please ensure that both research and teaching statements address how anti-racism and social justice are incorporated into professional activities. Please refer to the Reference Job Number (509149) in the cover letter. Electronic submission is required at

Initial review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be via Zoom followed by on-campus interviews during the Fall 2021 semester.

Please direct questions to: Drs. Eisenhower and Suyemoto would also be happy to meet informally to discuss the position; you may sign up directly at:Dr. Eisenhower: (August 16-18): Dr. Suyemoto (August 31 or Sept 3):

Applications close:


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