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University of Utah Health Psychiatric Program Specialist - Psychology in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position provides leadership to clinical team and on-site management support in collaboration with the program manager and service director. This position also provides psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment services of a clinical nature through direct patient care and consultation to patients.

Position overview: The Director of Psychology Training is a licensed, doctoral level psychologist who coordinates, directs and manages the psychology trainees at HMHI. The Training Director is responsible for administrative and professional work related to organizing and coordinating of the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Psychology Internship Program at Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI), and oversees the postdoctoral and externship training programs. The Training Director also supervises interns and provides direct clinical services to patients at HMHI. The HMHI Psychology Internship Program has been accredited 19 years and is currently in the process of reaccreditation. The self-study has been completed, but the new training director will need to support and facilitate the APA site visit later this academic year.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our five hospitals and eleven clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.


  • Maintains up-to-date documentation for the Psychology Internship Program in compliance with APA and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) standards.

  • Implements processes, practices, procedures and operations in accordance with the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation Standards of Accreditation.

  • Prepares and submits required re-accreditation reports and updates to APA and APPIC; coordinates and participates in APA and APPIC audits.

  • Oversees annual intern recruitment, interviewing, and matching process. Continues to implement a systematic, coherent, and long-term effort to recruit and retain diverse trainees, and encourages and supports department-level efforts to recruit and retain diverse training supervisors.

  • Encourages and supports department-level efforts to recruit and retain diverse training supervisors.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with graduate programs whose students are performing internships at HMHI to ensure that the interns meet required standards of those graduate programs. Provides regular updates on intern progress to their home academic training directors.

  • Leads monthly Psychology Training meetings and ensures participation by supervising psychologists.

  • Develops, organizes and provides intern training, including conducting and/or coordinating weekly seminar and didactic training. Enlists services of internal and external professionals to deliver various training and academic presentations. Ensures that adequate training opportunities exist for the interns, including those meeting APPIC requirements.

  • Provides formal supervision of selected pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral psychology residents, and staff.

  • Coordinates and participates in intern evaluations. May coordinate with other supervisors to identify individual areas of needed professional development. Assists in the development of improvement plans, as needed.

  • Works with psychologist supervisors and Psychology Manager to assess intern progress and eligibility for doctoral accreditation and licensing.

  • The Training Director is ultimately responsible for the postdoctoral and externship training programs, including recruitment, coordination of training, and evaluations, and works closely with and supports the Postdoctoral and Externship Coordinators who directly oversee those programs.

  • Engages in on-going self-study and quality improvement efforts including collecting and summarizing year-end intern and staff feedback, and using that feedback to continuously improve to the training program.

  • Organizes a year-end “Hello/Goodbye” party to celebrate the program completion of the current intern cohort and welcome in the incoming intern cohort.

  • Provides direct psychological services for patients.

  • Collaborates with University and community agencies and departments to provide psychological and social services through outreach and consultation programs.

  • Develops mental health programs of a remedial, developmental, and preventive nature.

  • Trains and supervises pre-doctoral psychology interns and practicum students.

  • Assists in directing or working within agency program and support areas, as assigned by director.

  • Performs leadership role for therapy teams.

  • Provides direct clinical supervision of programs, group work and family education.

  • Serves as a liaison with all mental health and legal services as required.

  • Assists program manager/director with providing on-site clinical and leadership interventions.

  • Oversees patient discharge planning and coordination; may provide case management for patients.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Program development and evaluation skills.

  • Outreach consultation skills.

  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to provide appropriate patient care to patients and families resistant to treatment and delivering quality care within the constraints of managed care.

  • Knowledge of community resources and mental health laws.

  • Knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development.

  • Ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.


Qualifications Required

  • Doctoral Degree and Current licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Utah.

  • One year experience in psychotherapy, group or family therapy within a clinical setting.

  • Four years of progressive leadership experience.

  • Experience in case management; discharge planning; group, family, and one-on-one interaction.

Licenses Required

  • Current licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Utah.

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Two years of experience in a leadership capacity.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 100 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing patient care to those with psychiatric conditions.

Physical Requirements

Listening, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

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EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Heath Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 55369

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday

Location Name Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI)

Patient Care? Yes


State UT


Category Behavioral Health