The Department of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Division and the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) is seeking an established clinician scientist for the role of Director of IJR. The Department has very strong programs in basic, implementation and cognitive neuroscience with strengths and translational focus in the neuroscience of addiction, lifespan mood and anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder as sources of collaboration and synergy. Resources include a P50 NIH funded Center focused on the epigenetics of alcohol abuse, a federally funded health services center and several interlocking investigator-initiated grants (R01) in neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, and clinical trials. The Department also supports two T 32 training grants, one in clinical neuroscience and the other focused on the neurobiology of alcohol use disorders. The Child and Adolescent Division has active research and clinical programs in mood disorders, post-traumatic and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and school and community prevention. Clinical programs include embedded care in the pediatric clinic, multiple subspecialty clinics, and two established community-based systems of care model programs. One provides consultation to primary care physicians state-wide and the other provides comprehensive mental health care support for children and adolescents in collaboration with Department of Children and Family Services. The department also supports a nationally recognized internship in psychology, fellowship program in child and adolescent psychiatry and several post docs positions across the research spectrum. Faculty members in the department are well represented in the leadership of the NIH funded institutional center for clinical and translational research (CTSA).
IJR is the original home of Child Psychiatry in the country and this position offers a unique leadership role within the Department with the potential to collaborative substantively with other departments in the college of medicine and other colleges across campus. These include the schools of public health and social work and the departments of psychology, pediatrics, family medicine and neurology. We are looking for a dynamic leader interested in building on existing strengths and growing the research and clinical enterprise in collaborative and well-integrated ways. They will be expected to transfer, sustain, and grow an active competitively funded research program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health and be board certified or clinically licensed in their respective discipline. The successful candidate will have an MD and/or PhD in a relevant area of psychiatry, psychology, or biomedical sciences, and be an established investigator with a track record of active funding.
Research expectations: The candidate will pursue clinical and/or translational research broadly defined within child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health.
An important overarching goal at UIC is to attract world-class faculty to enrich the educational experience of our bright and motivated students and trainees and provide high quality care to our diverse and vulnerable patient populations. UIC is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities, and those with a passion for social justice and serving the underserved.
The clinician scientist will have an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD, and be eligible or Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology, and licensed or eligible in Illinois. He/she will play a major role in further developing translational research in the child and adolescent psychiatry division. There will be an attractive start-up package for the optimal candidate. The hire will be expected to include some teaching and/or clinical care, ideally including clinical care within their research program area of expertise. Inquiries and requests for more information may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For full consideration, applicants must apply online at http://jobs.uic.edu and reference job ID 148766 and submit a CV and cover letter by September 15, 2021.
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The clinician scientist will have an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD, and be eligible or Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology, and licensed or eligible in Illinois.
Internal Number: 148766
About UIC-Department of Psychiatry
Since its early beginnings in the 1890s, our Department has an esteemed history of providing outstanding service in meeting the mental health needs of the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and beyond. From the beginning, clinical services have been enhanced by a strong tradition of excellence in psychiatric research that includes basic neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, health services, and interventions. Education is another strong domain in the department and our programs have been consistently informed by the most current and innovative thinking in the field of psychiatry.
The Department is staffed by approximately 32 Board Certified psychiatrists, 40 Residents, and eleven Fellows, as well as Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Doctors of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Nurses with both doctorates and master's degrees, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Occupational and Music Therapists, and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists. The Department of Psychiatry supports approximately 50,000 outpatient visits per year and approximately 13,500 inpatient days each year, and is one of the largest psychiatry programs in the Midwest. Currently there are accommodations... for thirty five adult inpatients and nine pediatric inpatients (designated solely for children through the Department of Child and Family Services) at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
Nationally, the Department consistently ranks in the top 20 in National Institutes of Health funded research, as well as first in Chicago and in the top three the Midwest. In addition to senior and mid-level researchers, we offer competitive training programs and post-doctoral fellowships in many aspects of mental health research. These include programs in child psychiatry and children’s mental health, a research track for residents in psychiatry, and a research component to clinical fellowship programs, including women’s health and psychosis. Excellence in research has gone hand-in-hand with rigorous and comprehensive education programs which have trained generations of mental health professionals to the highest standards of compassionate and ethical patient care.
The department hosts three institutes (Institute for Juvenile Research, the Psychiatric Institute and the Neuropsychiatric Institute), two federally-funded centers (Mental Health Intervention in Schools, and Mental Health ServicesandResearch Policies), as well as the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Health Statistics, the Center of Neuro-development Disorders, the Center on Mental Health Services, the International Center on Human Responses to Social Catastrophes, the Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center, and programs on HIV and Addictions Neuroscience, and Mood Disorders and Suicide. Our Center for Cognitive Neuroscience is among the first in the nation to use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) for clinical purposes.
Several faculty members are national leaders in their respective fields. The Department’s faculty and research staff have had over 200 peer reviewed articles published in just FY 2010 alone. Many of these articles appeared in such top-tier journals as JAMA, Molecular Psychiatry, PNAS, Archives of General Psychiatry, Nature, and Biological Psychiatry.
In combination, the department has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to address major psychiatric disorders and to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness. For example, combining basic neuroscience and imaging in schizophrenia and autism has allowed for early identification of these disorders as well as a solid clinical program for first-episode schizophrenia. Expertise developed in child and community psychiatry has enabled screening for children in the public school system at risk for schizophrenia and bipolar illness. Anxiety disorder research has led to one of the Midwest’s strongest programs for combined pharmacological and cognitive behavior therapies. Our women’s mental health program has a national reputation and has been recognized with the American College of Psychiatry’s prestigious Gold Achievement Award for innovative mental health services.
We are also looking forward to the future with efforts in community psychiatry, neuroscience and translational research. With this strong foundation, we are well positioned to participate in many new and exciting developments in the area of mental health and behavior.
This is a record of achievement and ongoing effort of which we are very proud, particularly as we witness the courageous progress of our patients and their families. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our activities and the great people behind our success.