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Job Summary

The Department of Psychiatry within the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking an experienced, energetic, highly motivated, and organized individual to join a growing research and program development team as a Clinical Specialist for TRAILS: Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students. The position will have a significant role contributing to the design and development of clinical materials to be used in community-based mental health care, and therefore extensive and expert knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is essential. This will be a full-time position at the academic staff level with a competitive salary and full benefits.

The Clinical Specialist will work with other TRAILS team members to increase utilization of evidence-based mental health practices among school professionals, K-12 and to expand the scope of current TRAILS materials, housed on the program’s website: The Clinical Specialist will be expected to provide high-level guidance and input regarding the development and expansion of TRAILS clinical materials, resources, and tools, with a particular focus on at least one of the following priority program objectives: (1) development of clinical materials for students in grades K-8 and their building staff; (2) development of resources to support classroom-delivered brief lessons on Social Emotional Learning; and (3) design and drafting of clinical materials to be implemented in a developing web-delivered CBT platform.


  • Design and contribute to the development of an extension of the TRAILS model for general education classrooms and instructional staff, focused on Michigan’s new Social Emotional Learning Competencies
  • Develop programmatic and operational manuals and materials to facilitate the expansion and scaling of TRAILS into grades K-8
  • Contribute to the design and development of a new web-based application that will facilitate delivery of CBT groups to students via computer-assisted technology
  • Contribute to the development and application of assessments and strategies to monitor fidelity of the evidence-based practices delivered by school professionals, as well as participant clinical outcomes
  • Lead the development and execution of focus groups and other feedback mechanisms for students, school staff, and building administrators to inform program evolution and design of new materials
  • Collaborate with trainers, consultants, website content experts, graphic designers, communications staff, statisticians, grant writers, and other personnel in a team-oriented manner to produce high-quality materials that can be efficiently accessed by community members

Required Qualifications*

  • Masters or Doctoral Degree in social work, psychology, or related field with at least 5 years of experience in implementation and clinical treatment in school or community settings
  • An advanced understanding of evidence-based practices for child and adolescent mental illnesses and the current shift towards a common elements approach to treatment, with primary expertise in CBT and Mindfulness techniques
  • Experience working in educational settings, particularly K-12 public schools
  • Experience serving in training and professional development capacities
  • Experience in developing original health, wellness, or mental health lesson plans or curricula
  • Experience with and knowledge of fidelity monitoring strategies and practices
  • Expertise in quality assurance and program evaluation within mental health, healthcare, or educational settings
  • Ability to travel throughout the state to meet with program partners in both urban and rural settings statewide

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with the TRAILS model, curriculum, and materials
  • Strong technical writing and verbal/public speaking communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with community, administrative, and state partners
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to consult, work, and communicate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, evaluators, and school-based professionals in the community

Work Schedule

Standard work hours with some travel

Work Locations

Ann Arbor Campus and multiple locations.

Must be willing to travel throughout the state of Michigan to meet with various programs and schools

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.


The University of Michigan participates with the federal E-Verify system. Individuals hired into positions that are funded by a federal contract with the FAR E-Verify clause must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the E-Verify system. This position is identified as a position that may include the E-Verify requirement.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.