Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Southern California
United States

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and The Behavioral Sciences (Clinician Educator)

Department of Psychiatry & The Behavioral Sciences Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC Counseling and Mental Health Services is seeking a full-time board eligible or certified Psychiatrist to care for the student body population at USC. This is an exempt faculty position, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & The Behavioral Sciences (Clinician Educator) in the Division of Student Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry & The Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Description of the Center

USC Counseling and Mental Health Services provide mental health services to students so that they may achieve their academic and personal goals. Services we provide include: individual and group counseling; assessment and referral to other professionals and institutions; crisis intervention (including some after-hours coverage); case management; biofeedback; psychiatric evaluations and medication follow-up; consultation; outreach and prevention; and training and supervision. 

We are committed to providing quality mental and educational services in accordance with the ethical and legal standards of our profession. We appreciate and honor diversity and work with all students with compassion, respect and dignity. We advocate for and empower our students in pursuing their goals and personal development.

Training is an important function in our center. We are committed to providing professional training opportunities for trainees in psychology, social work, and medicine (i.e. medical students). The entire faculty is involved in our training programs including individual supervision, group supervision, case consults, and/or seminars. The training also includes participating in and promoting self-reflection. Our students benefit from multidisciplinary collaboration and we adopt a bio-psycho-social approach in our work whenever appropriate.

We are committed to making the Center a work environment characterized by respect, mutual support, and team work, and the sharing of diverse opinions among our faculty. We value and honor the diversity of the students we serve as well as the diversity of our faculty and the unique contributions of each member. Faculty are committed to ongoing learning, self-awareness, and cultural competency. 

Essential Functions:   

  • Provide direct outpatient patient care including collaborative evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders for USC students.
  • Facilitation of higher level of care referrals and hospitalizations when needed.  
  • Support medication treatment with brief supportive therapy and motivational interviewing when indicated, with the provider’s role and expertise primarily relating to the biological treatment of the student.  
  • Covers on-call emergencies, as assigned.
  • Attend weekly multidisciplinary staff meetings. 
  • Provide professional consultation to Student Affairs, academic, professional and department advisors, and to staff of other campus departments on mental health issues and emergencies. 
  • Collaborate and consult with counseling providers (especially with high-risk students) and with primary care medical providers who may also provide psychiatric medication management to students.   
  • Attend and contribute to monthly departmental meetings, fostering educational objectives and a consultative collegial environment.  
  • Participate in yearly peer review, quality improvement activities and other unit, departmental, and division teams and committees.  
  • Provide teaching and supervision to pre-doctoral psychology interns and USC medical students.

Essential characteristics: 

  • Must be State of California Licensed Physician and a board certified (preferred) or board eligible psychiatrist.
  • An advanced practice clinician possessing well-developed clinical and psychopharmacological skills and the willingness to support the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines for student health patients.  
  • Effectively works in a highly diverse and multicultural student population and LGBTQ affirmative environment.
  • Interest and skill in 

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Starting Date: Negotiable

The position is full-time. Salary is competitive, and contingent on experience.

The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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