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Post Intern/Post-Doctoral Psychology Professional (Psychology Resident)-Vet Med
Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri
Date Posted 03/04/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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The successful candidate will be working as an embedded post-doc/post-intern in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), with clinical supervision provided by the Counseling Center psychologist who is embedded in the CVM. The Counseling Center is part of the MU Student Health and Well-Being unit, which includes the Counseling Center, Student Health Center, and Wellness Resource Center (https://wellbeing.missouri.edu/ ) and offers opportunities for staff collaborations and trainings. The Counseling Center is an APA-accredited doctoral internship site and serves a diverse student community.

This is a dedicated role providing services for professional and graduate students onsite in CVM facilities, with the goal of promoting mental health and well-being. Applicants need to be aware that this role may involve exposure to plant and animal allergens in the veterinary medical environment. We are seeking a strong generalist to provide initial evaluations, individual counseling/therapy, crisis intervention, clinical consultation, and outreach and psycho-educational programming. Opportunities for additional specialization (e.g., work with specific clinical foci) will be supported depending on availability of appropriate supervision and Center needs.

This is a one-year appointment open to early career applicants who will have either A) completed a doctoral internship in psychology by the hire date in early August and possess ABD (all but dissertation) status, OR B) completed requirements for a doctorate in counseling psychology or clinical psychology by the anticipated hire date in early August.

The successful candidate will gain an appreciation for the unique role of an embedded psychologist practicing on a college campus. The selected candidate will possess strong interpersonal, oral, and written skills and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, campus departments, and student groups. This position also requires a strong sense of boundaries and ethics. Respect for cultural, intellectual, psycho-social and interpersonal differences is expected to inform the selected candidate’s practice. Furthermore, the selected candidate is encouraged to cultivate a) an appreciation for interpersonal flexibility with a sense of humor, b) an awareness of the importance of life balance, and c) an understanding the complexities of personal development within a higher education context.

Two hours of weekly individual clinical supervision will be provided. The program is structured to provide approximately 2000 hours toward the supervised experience required for licensure in most states. A small amount of weekly time will be made available for professional development (to assist with degree completion, EPPP preparation, job search, etc.). A weekly post-doc support time is scheduled to allow for peer consultation and socialization. Monthly professional development seminars on topics of interest are also provided.


Minimum Qualifications: A) completed a doctoral internship in psychology by the hire date in early August and possess ABD (all but dissertation) status, OR B) completed requirements for a doctorate in counseling psychology or clinical psychology by the anticipated hire date in early August. Prior counseling center experience (practicum or internship) is also required. 

Candidates will be evaluated on their experiences using brief therapy models and empirically-supported treatments, providing crisis intervention, and working with complex cases, as well as demonstrated interest in working in an embedded practice role and demonstrated commitment to engaging in practices to enhance cultural competence.

Application Materials

The position start date is summer, 2022 (may be slightly negotiable). Priority review of applications will begin March 21. 


To apply, please complete the online application process available at the MU Human Resources website (https://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic ) and click on the “prospective employees” link. In addition to the online application, please include the following materials: 1) a letter of application highlighting relevant experiences and fit with the position and addressed to Dr. Kerry Karaffa 2) a current CV; and 3) contact information (including phone and e-mail addresses) for at least three professional references. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. Materials should not be e-mailed or mailed. Criminal background checks will be conducted on finalists prior to finalizing offers of employment.


For questions regarding the online application process, contact Human Resource Services (muhrs@missouri.edu  or 573-882-7976). For questions regarding the position, contact Dr. Kerry Karaffa, Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator, (embedded at the College of Veterinary Medicine) at: karaffak@missouri.edu  or 573-882-4629.

Other Information

Criminal background checks will be conducted on finalists prior to finalizing offers of employment.


Other Information

The University of Missouri (MU, Mizzou), with approx. 30,000 students and more than 300 degree programs in 19 colleges and schools, has a reputation for excellence in scholarship, research and student services. MU is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), one of only 65-member universities. The campus is an attractive environment, and the facilities and services available to students are among the best. Mizzou is a member of the Southeastern Conference, competing in a variety of sports at the 1A level. The following link provides more information:  https://missouri.edu/visit

Columbia, Missouri (https://www.visitcolumbiamo.com ) is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

With a population of approx. 122,000, Columbia offers a high quality of life with numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, art, music, sports, shopping, and community service. In addition to MU, Columbia College and Stephens College are located in the city and five other colleges and universities are within 30 miles of Columbia. Columbia Public Schools are highly regarded and have a solid reputation for quality: https://www.cpsk12.org/

Liveability.com ranks Columbia as the 6th best place to live in the U.S. Columbia’s centralized location offers quick access to St. Louis and Kansas City (each within a 2-hour drive), as well as the State Capitol, Jefferson City, and the beautiful vacation getaway, Lake of the Ozarks. Columbia is also minutes away from a host of historic towns and state parks featuring boating, fishing, hiking, biking and more. Columbia Regional Airport offers service via American Airlines and United Airlines with direct flights to Chicago and Dallas-Ft. Worth.
Columbia is also a regional center for medical services (including the MU Medical school and MU Hospitals and Clinics) and a home to several major insurance companies and light industry.



Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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