The University of Washington (UW) Departments of Global Health (DGH) and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (PBSci) are seeking candidates for a faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to lead the UW Program in Global Mental Health. The University of Washington, located in Seattle, is a leading global university with top ranked Schools of Medicine and Public Health. UW is ranked # 1 among public universities in terms of federal research funding. Its School of Medicine, which serves as the medical school for a five-state region that includes Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, trains physicians and other health care providers for a vast area in the Pacific Northwest that covers more than 25 % of the landmass of the continental United States. Its School of Medicine is ranked # 1 in primary care and rural health. The Department of Global Health (DGH) is one of the premier Global Health Programs in the world. Housed jointly in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise of all 16 UW schools and colleges, the department's 385 faculty use highly interdisciplinary approaches to work with colleagues in 140 countries to improve health, reduce health disparities, and build sustainable health system capacity. The Department's major research, educational, and capacity-building programs focus on a broad range of health issues, including several with strong, synergistic links to mental health such as HIV and other infectious diseases; women's, adolescents' and children's health; injury and violence prevention; drug safety; health metrics; and health systems strengthening and program delivery. The department's research programs, which total over $75 million/year, span from interdisciplinary laboratory-based investigation, through multi-center clinical trials, to metrics development, program evaluation and implementation science. With over 300 regular faculty and 450 clinical faculty, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences supports a wide range of clinical, training, and research activities. UW Psychiatry is widely known for its development of evidence-based collaborative care programs that improve access to mental health care for underserved populations in primary care, rural, and otherwise underserved settings throughout the world. The Department's research has demonstrated that collaborative care programs in which psychiatrists and other mental health specialists collaborate effectively with primary care and other health care providers lead to better access to care, better health outcomes, and lower overall health care costs, achieving the Triple Aim of Health Care Reform.' The department's research portfolio totals more than $30 million/year and covers a wide range of translational research from clinical neurosciences to clinical and health services research. Faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health conduct grant and contract supported research and training activities in Global Mental Health in countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with particular strengths in developing and implementing effective interventions for common mental health and substance use problems in low resource settings, including the treatment of mental illnesses in primary care and other general medical settings, maternal, adolescent and child mental health care, and the care of trauma-exposed individuals with associated mental health symptoms. Building on this substantial portfolio of work, a successful applicant for this position will be an accomplished expert who will further develop and lead a program in Global Mental Health, jointly sponsored by the Departments of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Seattle is located in the Pacific Northwest, a region of the country that is blessed with remarkable beauty, tremendous natural and cultural resources, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a highly educated workforce. Strategically located on the Pacific Rim with direct flights to virtually every major city in the US and the World, Seattle is home to vibrant and growing programs in Global Health, Information Technology, and Health Care.
DUTIES: As the Director of the Global Mental Health Program, the candidate will provide leadership for a program of research and training in the area of Global Mental Health. This will include working closely with faculty, staff and students to develop the vision and priorities for the program; performing high-impact, innovative, research and mentoring faculty and trainees in the global mental health research enterprise; securing independent grant and contract funding to support global mental health research, education and training; and providing leadership in developing research partnerships with other components of UW, and with local, regional, national, and global partners. All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.
~~REQUIREMENTS: Candidates for this position must hold an M.D. or Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant medical, health science, or social science field.In addition, the candidate must have a proven track record as an independent Global Mental Health researcher, with a history of funded grants, substantial publications in the peer reviewed literature, and mentorship.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.