Southern Methodist University — Psychologist

Salary Range:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU
SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:
The mission of the SMU Health Service is to provide quality, caring, cost effective and convenient ambulatory healthcare and health education services in association with other university departments that promote healthy lifestyles and enhance academic productivity leading to satisfying and rewarding college experiences.

About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Staff Psychologist is responsible for providing mental health services to currently enrolled students at SMU. Reporting to the Director of Counseling Services, this position provides direct and indirect clinical services, including initial assessments, individual and group therapy, drop in and crisis intervention, outreach education/programming, and consultation to faculty/staff, students, family members, and others. This position also provides supervision of graduate student trainees. The staff psychologist works collaboratively with professional colleagues and departments in the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to provide culturally competent, evidence-based care.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides assessment, individual and group counseling, drop-in and crisis intervention, and referrals during business hours. Utilizes goal-oriented approaches to treatment that are culturally competent and evidence-based. Creates a warm/welcoming clinical environment where clients feel supported and respected and provides both virtual and in-person therapy.
  • Provides outreach education to the university community on focused on topics related to mental health and self-care. Collaborates with campus partners to provide programming for support of students outside the clinic, such as participation in orientation or population-specific skills trainings.
  • Participates on relevant committees and/or teams that have the mission of promoting health and wellness in regards to mental health, substance abuse, and/or sexual assault and relationship violence. Serves on internal and university-wide committees in keeping with areas of expertise and interest. Participates in departmental meetings and activities.
  • Demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in clinical work and all professional activities. Works to remain up to date in the literature on the needs of college and professional students, fellows and trainees; researches and executes evidence-based strategies and interventions targeted toward this population.
  • Consults regarding mental health issues and students of concern with faculty/staff, students, and family/friends. Collaborates/coordinates care with treating psychiatrists. Completes appropriate/timely clinical documentation, case management, coordination of support services and care with other Health and Wellness offices and offices throughout the University. Participates in after-hours on-call rotation (as backup to ProtoCall).
  • Provides supervision and training for doctoral interns, practicum student trainees, and graduate assistants. Monitors client welfare while providing observation, feedback and support to enhance the supervisee’s clinical skills and encourages their professional growth and development. Provides ethical guidance and support to supervisee(s) for challenging situations.

Education and Experience:

  • A PhD or PsyD in Psychology is required. Licensed or license-eligible in state of Texas is required.
  • Two years work experience is required. Experience providing clinical services to culturally diverse client population and experience with crisis intervention is required.
  • Experience providing services to college students is strongly preferred as is working in a college setting preferred. Experience with brief and short-term models of psychotherapy preferred. Experience with the supervision of graduate student mental health trainees is also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate ability to conduct risk assessments and manage potentially high-risk clients is required.
  • Candidate must possess strong diagnostic/case conceptualization skills.
  • Candidate adherence to legal and ethical principles associated with the field is necessary.
  • Candidate commitment to actively engage in practice with diverse populations and in one’s own ongoing development of multicultural competence as a professional is essential.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.
  • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Candidate familiarity with electronic medical records is highly preferred.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:
SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.