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Clinical and Developmental

The Vanderbilt University Department of Psychology and Human Development has two tenure-line positions in the areas of CLINICAL and DEVELOPMENTAL psychological science. The department is composed of internationally recognized scholars who work to increase the understanding and application of basic psychological processes related to the development of typical and atypical cognitions, behaviors, and emotions in family, school, and other natural contexts. We seek candidates whose research addresses cross-cutting themes in our department through interdisciplinary research focused on (1) basic processes of cognitive, social, and emotional development, (2) the implications of such basic research for learning, education, developmental psychopathology, and developmental disorders, and (3) the translation of basic findings to inform interventions designed to prevent or treat problems of development, learning, mental health and physical well-being. Primary responsibilities of these faculty positions include establishing an active program of research, teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and service to the department, university, and the field. We especially encourage applications from underrepresented minorities.

The Clinical Psychological Science Program invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in clinical psychological science, with an emphasis in child/adolescent psychopathology. The Vanderbilt Clinical Science Program is nationally recognized for research on the etiology, treatment, and prevention of psychopathology, developmental disorders, and health problems in children and adolescents. We are interested in clinical researchers whose work focuses on the interface of neurobiological processes (e.g., clinical neuroscience, genetics, psychophysiology) with affective, cognitive, and behavioral dimensions that underlie new and emerging models of psychopathology (e.g., Research Domain Criteria: RDoC) and has translational implications for interventions, developmental psychopathology, developmental disorders, developmental clinical neuroscience, or pediatric psychology. We seek an individual with a strong record of high quality and methodologically rigorous research, sustained productivity, potential for obtaining extramural funding, and teaching effectiveness. A Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited clinical program and completion of an APA-accredited internship is required.

Our Developmental Science Program is seeking an outstanding developmental scientist for a tenure track position at the assistant professor rank and will consider candidates in any area of cognitive development. Our program goal is to build on our strength in cognitive development by adding a colleague whose research expands our range of expertise. Candidates whose research focuses on learning processes and developmental mechanisms, education and/or educational neuroscience, social cognition, and/or adolescence will receive special consideration. The Developmental Sciences area consists of 8-10 full-time faculty whose strengths are complemented by professors in other units in the university, including the Department of Psychology, Educational Neuroscience, Special Education, and Teaching & Learning.

For information about the faculty, department, and interdisciplinary opportunities, see

Applicants should send a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of up to 3 representative publications, a letter describing research and teaching interests, and at least three letters of reference to:

Clinical Search Committee OR Developmental Search Committee (pick one)
Psychology and Human Development
Vanderbilt University, 0552 GPC
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN   37203-5721

Applicants may also apply electronically, sending materials to (for the Clinical position) or to (for the Developmental position). Letters of recommendation can also be sent to these email addresses with the applicant's last name and the word "recommendation" in the subject line.

To receive full consideration, applications should arrive by November 1, 2013, though the search will remain open until the positions have been filled. Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.