Assistant Professor WOT, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Seattle Children's Hospital, Inpatient Psychologist, Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor WOT, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Seattle Children's Hospital, Inpatient Psychologist, Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an integral component of the UW School of Medicine and it shares UW Medicine’s Mission to ‘Improve the Health of the Public.’ We strive to accomplish this by providing the best care we can today, conducting research to develop better treatments for tomorrow, and inspiring and training the next generation of healthcare professionals for the Pacific Northwest. Our core values include openness, transparency, integrity, engagement, collaboration, and mutual respect. We embrace and value diversity in all of its aspects. The department is the third largest department within the School of Medicine and has a $78 M operating budget. Department faculty members provide clinical services and teach at health care facilities in the Puget Sound area and at several rural locations in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). The department also has a robust research portfolio nearly $35 M annually in sponsored projects. Educational programs include a nationally renowned scientist-practitioner psychology internship program and post-doctoral clinical and research fellowships, a required medical student clerkship for 240 medical students per year at 30 sites across the WWAMI region, a nationally competitive psychiatry residency with more than 70 psychiatry residents in Seattle and in two regional residency tracks in Idaho and Montana, and subspecialty fellowships in addiction, child and adolescent, consultation-liaison, and geriatric psychiatry.

Seattle Children’s provides a wide continuum of programming for children in the Pacific Northwest that that address community-based care and prevention. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is a focus program at SCH and receives extraordinary support for its important role in the Northwest.

The University of Washington’s Division of Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Seattle Children’s is seeking candidates for one full-time academic psychologist at the rank of Assistant Professor without tenure due to funding (WOT) in either the clinician-teacher or faculty-scientist pathway. Assistant Professors are eligible for multi-year appointments that align with a 12-month service period (July 1-June 30). Faculty with 12-month service periods are paid for 11 months of service over a 12-month period (July-June), meaning the equivalent of one month is available for paid time off.  We anticipate the hire to take place in Summer/Fall 2022.

This position will specialize in Disruptive Behavior Disorders to work on our Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU).  Seattle Children’s is a large tertiary medical center affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine and serving a four-state area. The PBMU is the largest inpatient psychiatric unit in Washington state, serves patients ages 4-17, and has 41 beds. It is the only inpatient psychiatric unit in the area that accepts patients 12 and under.

The psychologist will join the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Team (PBMU). The PBMU has a large multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, mental health therapists, nurses, case managers, and pediatric mental health specialists. The psychology team on the PBMU provides comprehensive evaluations to patients referred from the inpatient psychiatry team, ongoing training to floor staff working with specific populations, program development, consultation regarding care for complex patients, and individual and family therapy to patients identified by the team as needing more assistance. The psychology team is composed of three psychologists in different areas of specialization (Autism, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, and Suicide) and work under the direction of the Clinical Director, a psychologist and faculty member. This psychologist will work most closely with the team serving our Disruptive Behavior Disorders population and efforts regarding evaluation, consultation, and program development will specifically serve this group. 

This position is involved in psychology and psychiatry training, research, and clinical care. The successful candidate will participate in our University of Washington APA accredited internship program, a postdoctoral fellowship program, and supervise clinical and school psychology practicum students. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to experience within acute, intensive, or residential treatment services for youth, expertise in working with a multi-disciplinary team, and knowledge and experience with the Disruptive Behavior Disorders.

The base salary range for this position will be: $8,961 - $9,904 per month ($107,532 - $118,848 annually) commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. 


PhD, PsyD or foreign equivalent in clinical or school psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program;

Training in clinical child and adolescent psychology and Disruptive Behavior Disorders, which may include completion of an APA-accredited pediatric or clinical psychology internship; and/or completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology with a major focus on Disruptive Behavior Disorders or related field;

Licensed or eligible for license to practice psychology in Washington State. 


Please submit the following via Interfolio:

  • CV
  • A letter of interest
  • A statement detailing how your teaching, research, and/or clinical service has supported underrepresented populations across dimensions of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, backgrounds, and interests. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the Department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

For additional information about the position, please contact Alysha Thompson, Ph.D. at 206-987-1356 or

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