Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Postdoctoral Scholar

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. 

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. 

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. 


To apply for this position, go to our website at Please reference requisition #3919. Candidates will submit: 

1) letter of interest 

2) current curriculum vitae 

3) names and contact information for three professional references 


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, 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. 

artists,writers, and professionals of all kinds. Highlights of living in Iowa City includeoutstanding affordablehealth care, excellent libraries andschools,historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown. Chicago, St. Louis,and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car orbus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connectstravelers to theworld. The relationship between Iowa Cityand the UI is very cooperativeand supportive. 

The Universityof Iowa isa foundingmember of theCentralMidwest Higher Education RecruitmentConsortium(HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diversefacultyand staff and assistingdual-career couples.

The Universityof Iowa isan equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants areencouragedto apply and will receive consideration for employment freefrom discriminationon the basis ofrace, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth andrelated conditions),disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S.military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences. TheUniversityalsoaffirmsitscommitment to providing equalopportunities and equal access to Universityfacilities.Women and Minorities areencouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contactthe Coordinator ofTitle IX and Section 504,andthe ADA inThe Office of Institutional Equity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or319/335-0697 (text),The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa,52242-1316.