Faculty position: Tenure-track assistant professor in clinical psychology


The clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University (WSU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor beginning August 2023.

Outstanding applications at the associate professor level will also be considered. We're particularly interested in candidates whose research aligns with the university’s longstanding mission of advancing knowledge and solutions in areas that directly benefit urban communities. Areas of research focus could include but are not limited to, mental health disparities, culturally-informed psychological assessment and intervention or diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical psychological science training and practice. Qualified candidates in any sub-specialty area of clinical psychology are encouraged to apply. Classroom teaching (undergraduate and graduate), mentoring, clinical supervision and professional service are also integral responsibilities of this position.

About the university

Wayne State University (WSU) is Michigan’s only public, urban research university. For more than 150 years, WSU has been dedicated to the pursuit of academic and research excellence, success across a diverse student body, and meaningful engagement in its urban community and around the world. For more information about our strategic mission, see the president's strategic plan. The 200-acre campus is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit and includes 13 colleges offering over 350 degree programs. Our vibrant community includes nearly 27,000 students from diverse ethnic, racial and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds who hail from every U.S. state and nearly 80 countries.

WSU holds the Carnegie Foundation's highest classifications for research and community engagement, with annual research expenditures of more than $238 million. We are also a member of the University Research Corridor along with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, generating 95% of research in the state and supporting economic growth throughout Michigan. 

About the psychology department and clinical psychology doctoral program

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest and most vibrant departments in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, with Ph.D. programs in clinical, social-personality, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, developmental, and industrial/organizational psychology. There is excellent collaboration among faculty within the department as well as with other WSU academic units, research institutes, the medical school and affiliated hospitals. The department has facilities for research and applied work in several buildings on campus and typically receives $3 to $4 million in grants and contracts annually.

The Department of Psychology is committed to building and sustaining the diverse and inclusive learning and work environment that is integral for excellence in research, teaching and service. We are especially committed to increasing the representation of those populations historically underrepresented in U.S. higher education. 

The clinical psychology Ph.D. program follows a scientist-practitioner training model and has been continually accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1960. We offer intensive training in clinical neuropsychology and child/adolescent clinical psychology, with additional opportunities in clinical health psychology, clinical/community psychology, and substance abuse/dependence. Our extensive network of affiliated faculty and facilities provides research and clinical training in various other areas, such as infant mental health, gerontology, rehabilitation, forensics, and primary care. The program also operates a Psychology Clinic, which serves as a training hub for doctoral students, provides affordable assessment and intervention services, and actively collaborates with other community agencies (e.g., pediatric care clinics, area schools, service programs) to offer behavioral health services to the greater Detroit community.

Qualifications for the position

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an APA- or PCSAS-accredited clinical training program
  • Strong record of research productivity and potential for external funding in any area of clinical psychology that aligns with WSU’s mission of advancing knowledge and solutions related to urban health
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership, teaching, and mentoring in a collaborative environment
  • Licensure or license eligibility is desired, though not required

Application procedure

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.


Job posting number 046779.

Applicants should submit the following directly to the online system:

  • Cover letter
  • CV 
  • Key reprints/preprints 
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching interests and evidence of teaching effectiveness if available
  • Statement that addresses your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service as well as how your work supports the success of students from racial, ethnic, gender, and other diverse backgrounds
  • List of at least three references who could be contacted

Questions concerning this position may be directed to Dr. Valerie Simon, chair of the search committee, at simon.valerie@wayne.edu.

Equal opportunity employer

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Wayne State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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