Assistant/Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology

University of California Davis Department of Psychiatry

Assistant/Associate Professor - Forensic Psychologist

Job #JPF05576
  • MED:Psychiatry & Behav Sci / SCHOOL OF MEDICINE / UC Davis

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $106,900 - $174,800.
This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan.

Application Window

Open date: March 13, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Mar 24, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Davis Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry and the Law invites applications for a forensic psychologist to join the Division at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, commensurate with experience and academic credentials. This position requires excellence in teaching, research, and clinical assessment. Start date is flexible but no later than July 1, 2023. The Division has been accredited by the ACGME since 1998 and currently is the training site for four forensic psychiatry fellows annually. The Division has affiliation agreements with the Sacramento County Jail, Napa State Hospital (forensic psychiatric hospital), and the California Department of State Hospitals. All of these sites provide robust experiences for forensic assessments and research.

This position is funded in part through a long-term contract with the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) and was developed to provide forensically relevant research to inform patient care and policy decisions for the DSH system. The successful candidate will have knowledge of state forensic hospital systems, forensic outpatient programs such as conditional release and diversion, and appropriate treatments for patients committed to the state hospitals through the criminal justice system. Additional responsibilities will include teaching a weekly seminar designed to provide training to the forensic psychiatry fellows in the appropriate and ethical use of psychological assessments in a forensic setting. The position also requires supervision of these fellows on selected forensic cases and on the use of violence and sexual violence risk assessments in a forensic hospital setting. The successful applicant will also provide oversight to the forensic psychiatry fellows on selected forensic mental health research projects. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or a commitment to do so as a faculty member at UC Davis is imperative.

The incumbent will provide teaching and supervision of medical students, residents, and fellows, participate in appropriate professional societies and educational organizations, provide service to department and school committees. This individual should also have ability to foster collegiality and work collaboratively in a diverse environment and adhere to University policies and procedures.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has approximately 65 residents in six residency training programs and 90 faculty and staff psychiatrists and psychologists at the UC Davis Medical Center and the Northern California VA Health System. The Department provides a stimulating teaching and academic environment.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank in the Clinical "__" or In-Residence series. The resulting hire will be at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank, commensurate with credentials.

Qualified applicants should apply online at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. in clinical psychology and have specialized training in the assessment and care of adults with a wide range of mental health challenges.
  • 2 years experience working in an outpatient academic medical center setting.
  • Trained in evidence-based clinical interventions, as well as psychological assessment in clinical populations.
  • The candidate must be licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of California or license eligible.
Preferred qualifications
  • Preference for experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, and/or family focused therapy

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Letter of Interest
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, CA