Assistant Professor of Psychology

University of Southern California

United States

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Keck School of Medicine Faculty Los Angeles, California


USC Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is actively recruiting full-time licensed therapists (PhD/PsyD/LCSW/LMFT/LPCC) to join a diverse and dynamic multidisciplinary team who are strongly committed to providing excellent clinical treatment, training, and outreach services regarding mental health and wellness. We are seeking licensed therapists with expertise in dealing with clients at risk or in crisis, candidates who have strong clinical skills, and thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, collegial, professional environment.


Description of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at University Park Campus

Located in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility in the Engemann Student Health Center on USC’s University Park Campus, PBHS@UPC offers greater access to mental health care for USC students through intermediate and long-term, solution-focused, evidence-based practices for more complex conditions. A multi-disciplinary team comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, case managers, and other professionals accomplish the practice’s mission of ensuring access to the highest quality of mental health care for all students. More information about PBHS@UPC can be found here.


Position Description [Purpose, Scope, and Duties]

PBHS High Risk Team clinicians/therapists provide intensive DBT/CBT individual treatment (e.g. – twice weekly therapy, crisis intervention, family therapy), routine and urgent intake, case-consultation, third party consultation for USC students.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s or higher degree in social work, marriage & family therapy, counseling, psychology, or related field
  • Licensed in the state of California
  • Available to participate in on-call rotation
  • Experience in dealing with students/clients at risk or in crisis
  • Expertise in short term treatment, including: brief psychotherapy, stabilization and referral of serious mental illness, and crisis
  • Trained or certified in DBT and/or CBT
  • Resilient, self-aware, and can thrive in a fast paced, demanding environment
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and multicultural competency in working with students of color, students from all economic classes, first generation students, LGBTQ students, and international students
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice and to professional integrity 
  • Desire to continue to grow as a professional and committed to excellence


Preferred Qualifications:

  • LPS designation
  • Excellent diagnostic and de-escalation skills
  • Experience working with issues encountered in late adolescence, including: transgender identity, men’s issues, sexual trauma, eating disorders, and substance use disorders
  • Bilingual or multilingual


Application Deadline: Until position is filled.


Starting Date: Negotiable


This is a full-time faculty position with an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and clinical service assignment in the PBHS clinic on the High Risk Team. Salary range is $ $100,000 - $146,000, with additional compensation provided in recognition of the after-hours coverage demands of the role. A generous benefits package includes: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term care, disability, malpractice coverage and more; significant retirement benefits (USC makes a 10% contribution when you contribute 5%); tuition assistance for you and your family; paid professional days and parental leave; access to free continuing education credits through our Grand Rounds lecture series; and generous paid time off. More information about benefits can be found here.


Apply here and upload:

A cover letter expressing interest/fit for this position, and specifying training/expertise in working with students/clients in crisis or at risk 3 letters of recommendation, 2 of which should be from current/former direct clinical supervisors and speak to clinical expertise/skill


The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is committed to attracting and nurturing a diverse community dedicated to providing culturally informed, high-quality behavioral healthcare to a multicultural population. Both in our work environment and clinical practice, we embrace diversity across multiple dimensions. We aim to provide a safe, inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, trainees, volunteers, patients, colleagues, and the multitude of stakeholders with whom we work. Through our clinical services, educational programs, research studies, and policy initiatives, we are committed to addressing health care disparities for historically underserved groups; to combating racism and anti-Blackness at all levels; and to promoting and ensuring social justice.


USC strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. All genders, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, bicultural/multicultural and bilingual/multilingual individuals are encouraged to apply.


USC is one of the world’s leading private research universities with approximately 48,500 students from all 50 states and boasts one of the largest international student bodies in the country. USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles, a culturally rich metropolitan city, and is close to both beach and mountains with wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. The mild temperatures along with the city’s average of 329 days of sun per year makes Los Angeles a wonderful city to live and work.

The annual base salary range for this position is $100,000-$146,000.  When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.



The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

REQ20137860 Posted Date: 08/15/2023

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