Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
United States

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Title: Acting Assistant Professor - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Position Details

Position Description

Acting Assistant Professor - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Situated on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the Duwamish and the Coast Salish peoples, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine, University of Washington (UW), in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), is seeking candidates for one full-time faculty member at the rank of Acting Assistant Professor.

Acting Assistant Professors hold annual appointments that align with a 12-month service period (July 1-June 30) and may be reappointed to subsequent annual terms. 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. The anticipated start date is Fall 2023.   

The candidate will serve as an integral member of the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, a collaboration between the UW School of Medicine, College of Education, and School of Social Work. SMART has a strong commitment to justice and anti-racism in health, education, and society; and an overarching mission to promote high-quality, culturally-responsive school mental health programs, practices, and policies to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.  The SMART Center accomplishes this mission via an array of federally-funded research projects from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), private foundations, and others sources; and through provision of training, technical assistance, and evaluation to school districts, counties, and states across the U.S. and Canada. 

The candidate will be expected to develop and oversee the research and evaluation efforts of the SMART Center’s Training and Technical Assistance Core (TAC). In addition to multiple state and local education agency contracts, SMART-TAC receives resources from the SAMHSA-funded Northwest Regional (AK, ID, OR, WA) School Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), and the State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence Based Practices (SISEP) grant. In addition to pursuing their own funded research, the successful candidate will be expected to oversee relevant elements of the SMART Center’s U.S. DoE grants, including developing an online  micro-credentialing program on implementation science for school practitioners and UW School of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences   1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356560 Seattle, WA 98195-6560 evaluation and continuous quality improvement of a statewide initiative to provide conditional scholarships and pre- and post-service training to school social workers in Washington.

The faculty member will also lead refinement and implementation of the overarching evaluation framework for SMART-TAC using principles and strategies from implementation science. At a minimum this will include conducting evaluation of training and consultation to the school workforce in areas such as multi-tiered system of school supports (MTSS), school-wide suicide prevention, Tier 2-3 school mental health interventions, and social-emotional learning (SEL) programs; evaluation of efforts to improve equity and reduce racial/ethnic disproportionality in discipline and outcomes; and research using SMART-TAC data that can inform the school mental health and implementation science literatures.  Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to training and expertise in behavioral health, education, and/or implementation science; and a history of successfully obtaining external funding for their research and/or technical assistance program.

Resources may be provided to the successful candidate to help further their program of research, including initial salary support and start-up costs (e.g., for research assistant time and other research costs). 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is an integral component of the UW School of Medicine and shares UW Medicine’s mission to ‘Improve the Health of the Public.’ We 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 health care professionals for the Pacific Northwest. Our core values include openness, transparency, integrity, engagement, collaboration, and mutual respect. Our department is the third largest within the School of Medicine.

As the only academic psychiatry department serving Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, we are committed to improving access to psychiatric care and consultation throughout the greater Pacific Northwest. Our educational programs include a required medical student clerkship for 260 medical students per year at some 30 sites across the WWAMI region, a nationally competitive psychiatry residency program with more than 90 psychiatry residents in Seattle and in two regional residency tracks in Idaho and Montana, subspecialty fellowships in addiction, child and adolescent, consultation-liaison, perinatal mental health and geriatric psychiatry, a nationally renowned scientist-practitioner psychology internship program, and numerous post-doctoral clinical and research fellowships.

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The Department’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Primarily based at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Division faculty are part of integrated care programs at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and pediatric clinics of the University of Washington with expansion to primary care practices affiliated with Children’s under way. Services at the hospital include an inpatient psychiatry program, well-staffed consultation service, mental health staffing 24-hours/7 days a week in the emergency department, mental health staff embedded in many pediatric medical subspecialty services, neuropsychology, a large autism center, and a range of clinics devoted to anxiety, depression, and behavior problems. The SMART Center is one of several Division research centers, which also includes the CoLab for Community and Behavioral Health Policy, Washington State Evidence-Based Practice Institute, and Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team. 

Living in Seattle

The Evergreen State is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with its geological diversity, including mountains, deserts, rainforests, and a Pacific coastline. It offers the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan Islands and Mount Rainier. Over the past decade, Seattle has become one of the most exciting and fastest growing cities in the world. Seattle is a vibrant city with a diverse range of businesses such as Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, Nintendo, and Zillow. It is a young and educated city, a place that is constantly changing as it changes the world, and all this innovation happens in a spectacular natural setting surrounded by lakes, oceans, forests and mountains.


The base salary range for an Acting Assistant Professor position will be $8,833 - $9,917 per month ($106,000 - $119,000 annually) commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


As a University of Washington employee, you receive excellent benefits including a variety of health plan options, generous retirement plans, life insurance and long-term disability coverage. While many of these programs are administered by the Washington State Public Employees Benefit Board, the UW Benefits team helps new employees understand their options at Welcome Day and provides those preparing to retire resources and guidance.

Summary of Benefits for Faculty with Appointments of 9 - 12 Months.


PhD or foreign equivalent or equivalent doctoral degree.


  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 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.

Consideration of candidates will continue until the positions are filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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