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Sports Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship - Athletics

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Job no: 511679
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Athletics
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Athletics

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive advanced training and supervision in sport psychology, with a heavy emphasis on individual psychotherapy for athletes who experience a variety of mental health concerns that may impact emotional, psychological, personal, athletic, social, and/or academic functioning. There will also be opportunities for the Postdoctoral Fellow to provide individual and group mental performance consultation to UMass student-athletes and teams, as well as outreach, workshops, and coach consultation when available. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to complete ~20-25 direct client contact hours per week. The other ~15-20 hours will be allotted for notes, admin, supervision, case management, and prep time. The Fellow may also have opportunities to participate in training seminars through the UMass Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) with other counseling center Postdoctoral Fellows. Clinical case supervision is provided for psychotherapy by a licensed psychologist. The Fellow will also participate in weekly staff and clinical meetings. May perform other duties as formulated by the director.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts psychological assessments for ADHD and Learning Disabilities, including administration, and scoring of various assessment instruments, interpreting test results, and writing integrated assessment reports.
  • Presents assessment results to clients and discusses recommendations.
  • Provides psychotherapy to student-athletes.
  • Develops client case load.
  • Makes referrals as appropriate.
  • Documents client contacts and maintains client records.
  • Attends weekly supervision with clinical case supervisor.
  • Attends weekly supervision and receives didactic training with assessment supervisor.
  • May be involved with consultation and education/outreach activities.
  • May provide psychotherapy groups and/or psychoeducational workshops, which may be some evenings.
  • Consults with external referral sources and with campus referral sources around treatment planning and referrals as appropriate.
  • Other Functions

    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

    Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology and must have completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship; demonstrated competence in the study and/or practice of sport psychology through either specialized coursework, master’s or doctoral level practicum or internship experience with athletes, research, or professional experience. This position also requires knowledge of current counseling and psychotherapy models (empirically supported treatments), a commitment to promoting diversity and developing multicultural competence, demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population, knowledge of developmental issues of college students, and the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and professional staff.

    Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    Typical office environment activity.

    Work Schedule

    Varied schedule based on the demands of the position. Nights, weekends and holidays may be required.

    Salary Information

    The twelve-month fellowship provides a salary of $41,200 plus benefits. One year position 8/21/22-8/19/23. The Fellow will be provided with office space within the Department of Athletics.

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please submit your application online and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two reference names of former clinical supervisors with contact information (phone number and email address), and a clinical intake report: 1–2-page summary of a de-identified case including history of presenting problem, social and developmental history, case conceptualization, and proposed treatment plan.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Jan 10 2022 Eastern Standard Time
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    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

    As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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