The University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA


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Position Description:

The University of Iowa College of Education

Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic

Postdoctoral Scholar

Position Summary and duties:

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health (SCSMH) Clinic is seeking candidates for a one-year postdoctoral scholar position in the field of psychology. The primary responsibilities for this position include contributing to the mission of the SCSMH clinic through the delivery of clinical services to Iowa K-12 students and educators. Primary services include short-term individual and group counseling services delivered via telehealth, post-crisis debriefing and response in schools, initial consultation/intake evaluations, and resource and referral services. The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to complete Iowa’s Board of Psychology licensure requirements for supervised clinical experiences as a component of this appointment.

The SCSMH offers a multidisciplinary training clinic to University of Iowa students seeking careers in school mental health, including in the disciplines of school psychology, counseling psychology, social work, and mental health counseling/school counseling. The postdoctoral scholar would have opportunities to provide individual supervision to practicum students, engage in multidisciplinary case consultation and group supervision, and contribute to didactic learning opportunities offered within the training clinic. Additionally, the postdoctoral scholar would have opportunities for community engagement and outreach through presentations delivered on behalf of the SCSMH Clinic.

The SCSMH Clinic is committed to delivery and training of evidence-based practices. Opportunities for engaging in program development, program evaluation, research, and professional development may be available.

Salary and Benefits

$54,840 to commensurate. Excellent benefits package is available.


Appointment starting between August 1, 2023 and September 1, 2023 and continuing for 12 months.


Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

About the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health is a partnership between the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education with initial funding of $20 million to address mental health needs in Iowa schools. The Center will expand support for mental health prevention and treatment to Pre-K-12 students and educators in schools across the state. This includes training, resources, and outreach to support student mental health so all students, educators, and schools can be successful and resilient. Located in the UI College of Education, the center bridges disciplines across campus to provide a network of expertise in education, public health, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, social work, and counseling that improves mental health outcomes. This is Iowa's first state-wide center supporting mental health in our schools.

About the College

The College of Education is composed of more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation. Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields. Our College is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning. The College’s Strategic Plan centers our faculty, staff, and students around four priorities: student success, building knowledge and practice, innovating new frontiers, and creating better futures for Iowans.

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #34 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 32,500 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 11 colleges.  

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With more than 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

Education Requirement:

Candidate must have a PhD in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Clinical Psychology from an APA-Accredited training program.

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of an APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship.

  • Experience in conducting psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy, group counseling, and consultation/outreach.

  • Prior didactic and clinical experience with school-aged population and/or K-12 educators.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to start on or before September 1, 2023.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in K-12 settings.

  • Experience in delivering evidence-based interventions (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, etc.)

  • Professional experience in the areas of trauma and crisis.

  • Training/experience in the area of clinical supervision.

  • Public speaking experience.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Commitment to diversity and underserved populations.


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