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Athletics Postdoctoral Fellow - Psychology

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The University of Virginia Athletics Department is hiring a postdoctoral fellow for the 2024 to 2025 school year. The fellowship is a full-time, 12-month position beginning August 1, 2024, and ending July 31, 2025, with an earlier 12-month start and end date being negotiable. Supervision will be provided by three full-time licensed clinical sport psychologists embedded within UVA Athletics, who provide confidential mental health and sports performance services to over 750 student-athletes from 25 Division-I teams.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for providing mental health and performance services to D-I varsity student-athletes and will have the opportunity to conduct individual counseling and sports performance work, team meetings, consultation with staff, crisis management, and participation in coordination of care with multidisciplinary treatment team members.

Additional opportunities for specialized training in disordered eating behavior, eating disorders, body image concerns, and management of and return to competition issues in cases of concussions and other injuries will be available based on postdoctoral fellow's previous experience and interest areas.

Conducting brief research proposals on utilization patterns, stigma and other barriers, and intervention and educational outcomes is also possible.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Strong clinical skills, interpersonal skills, and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated competency working with a diverse client population.

  • Clinical experience with a college student/young adult population.

Required qualifications:

  • Completion of Ph.D. or Psy.D. Doctoral degree from an APA-accredited Counseling or Clinical Psychology program prior to fellowship start date.

  • Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral internship.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Clinical experience with student-athletes.

  • Prior experience with performance enhancement services related to sport.

  • Prior experience in applied research with surveys and an interest in collaboration with sports medicine, kinesiology, and other care team partners.

The selected candidate must pass a background check. This is a full-time position with UVa benefits. Employees benefits package highlights include:

  • 22 days of paid time off, increasing with service; 13+ paid holidays each year, in addition to paid time off

  • Parental and Community Service Leave

  • Health plan with options to meet healthcare and financial needs available immediately

  • Retirement benefits

  • Tuition and professional development benefits after the first six months of employment

  • Employee wellness program featuring activities to earn up to $500/year.

Please do not forward any applicant materials directly to staff of the Department of Athletics, as only applications received through this system will be considered.

This position is open until filled, and the priority deadline for applications is April 1, 2024. The successful candidate will pass a background check.

Please apply through through the UVA job board and complete an application online. Requested application materials include a letter of interest or cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman, Academic Recruiter. For questions about the application process, please contact Michele Jarman, Academic Recruiter.

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