Psychologist (HR Title: Senior Counseling Psychologist) - Dr. Bob Smith Health Center - (HEA00000075)

  • Southern Methodist University
  • Dallas, TX, USA
  • Jul 08, 2024
Full time Health Care

Job Description

Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and SciencesCox School of BusinessLyle School of EngineeringMeadows School of the ArtsSimmons School of Education and Human DevelopmentDedman School of LawPerkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem – paired with entrepreneurial drive – creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Department:

The mission of the SMU Health Service is to provide quality, caring, cost effective and convenient ambulatory healthcare and health education services in association with other university departments that promote healthy lifestyles and enhance academic productivity leading to satisfying and rewarding college experiences. 

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Staff Psychologist is responsible for providing mental health services to currently enrolled students at SMU. Reporting to the Director of Counseling Services, this position provides direct and indirect clinical services, including initial assessments, individual and group therapy, drop in and crisis intervention, outreach education/programming, and consultation to faculty/staff, students, family members, and others. This position also provides supervision of graduate student trainees. The staff psychologist works collaboratively with professional colleagues and departments in the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to provide culturally competent, evidence-based care.

Essential Functions:

  • Clinical Duties - Direct Care: Provides assessment, individual and group counseling, drop-in and crisis intervention, and referrals during business hours. Utilizes goal-oriented approaches to treatment that are culturally competent and evidence-based. Creates a warm/welcoming clinical environment where clients feel supported and respected. Provides both virtual and in-person therapy.

  • Outreach: Provides outreach education to the university community on focused on topics related to mental health and self-care. Collaborates with campus partners to provide programming for support of students outside the clinic, such as participation in orientation or population-specific skills trainings.

  • Committee Involvement: Participates on relevant committees and/or teams that have the mission of promoting health and wellness in regards to mental health, substance abuse, and/or sexual assault and relationship violence. Serves on internal and university-wide committees in keeping with areas of expertise and interest. Participates in departmental meetings and activities.

  • Professional Development: Demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in clinical work and all professional activities. Works to remain up to date in the literature on the needs of college and professional students, fellows and trainees; researches and executes evidence-based strategies and interventions targeted toward this population.

  • Clinical Duties - Indirect Care: Consults regarding mental health issues and students of concern with faculty/staff, students, and family/friends. Collaborates/coordinates care with treating psychiatrists. Completes appropriate/timely clinical documentation, case management, coordination of support services and care with other Health and Wellness offices and offices throughout the University.

  • Clinical Supervision (for licensed applicants only): Provides supervision and training for doctoral interns, practicum student trainees, and graduate assistants. Monitors client welfare while providing observation, feedback and support to enhance the supervisee's clinical skills and encourage their professional growth and development. Provides ethical guidance and support to supervisee(s) for challenging situations.
  • Occasional evening/weekend hours may be required for outreach events. 

Education and Experience:

A PhD or PsyD in Psychology is required. 

A minimum of two years of experience is required. 

Experience with crisis intervention and providing clinical services to culturally diverse client population is required. 

Experience providing services to college students in a college setting is strongly preferred. 

Experience with brief and short-term models of psychotherapy is also preferred.

Experience supervising graduate student mental health trainees is preferred.

Licensed or license-eligible in the state of Texas is required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Candidate must be able to conduct risk assessments and manage potentially high-risk clients.

Candidate must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, campus departments and student groups.

Candidate adherence to legal and ethical principles associated with the field and strong diagnostic/case conceptualization skills are essential.

Candidate must possess the ability to effectively engage audiences in presentations.

Candidate commitment to actively engage in practice with diverse populations and in one's own ongoing development of multicultural competence as a professional and the ability to work with a wide range of presenting concerns is necessary. 

Candidate must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office. 

Candidate familiarity with electronic medical record systems is strongly preferred. 

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.