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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should include 1) your specific interest in the position; 2) your skills and experience that directly relate to this position; and 3) your approach to understanding the perspectives of colleagues and community partners from different backgrounds and cultural viewpoints. 

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 with the TRAILS Program (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) as a Research Area Specialist / Clinical Consultant. 
The mission of TRAILS ( is to provide more equitable and improved access to evidence-based mental health services for all students. TRAILS partners with a wide variety of community stakeholders to build capacity within K-12 schools so that their students affected by mental illnesses and mental health challenges are best supported. TRAILS provides clinical resources, training, and implementation support to educators and school or community mental health professionals with the aim of improving student health and social and educational outcomes and promoting health and healthcare equity. TRAILS has a particular focus on partnering with under-resourced communities with elevated Medicaid enrollment. Current major initiatives are centered in Michigan, Colorado, and Massachusetts.  

The Research Area Specialist / Clinical Consultant will work closely with the TRAILS clinical and Colorado project team staff to support TRAILS programming. In this senior clinical position, the hired individual will be tasked with providing clinical training and consultation in cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness skills to community and school mental health providers, in alignment with a comprehensive program protocol. Training techniques may include didactic instruction, presentation using slide decks and other supporting materials, clinical skills demonstrations, role playing, provision of feedback, and observation and evaluation of trainee clinical skills.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)
Learning and working in environments designed for diversity, equity and inclusivity are necessary for TRAILS to address the vast inequities in access to evidence-based mental health care for young people of color and other marginalized populations.  In addition to collaborating with faculty and staff on projects that explicitly focus on DE&I, TRAILS uses inclusive design and implementation processes in all of our work. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education and healthcare settings are strongly encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. For more information, please visit our website:


The Research Area Specialist Senior / Clinical Consultant will work with a team of clinical experts to lead clinical trainings, provide consultation in CBT and mindfulness, and develop and revise TRAILS materials hosted on the TRAILS website, 
This team member may serve in a leadership role in the development of new TRAILS materials (for example, designing and developing a strategy to promote school-based suicide risk management, including creation of protocols and associated trainings or resources), though all Clinical Consultants will support the ongoing revision and adaptation of clinical materials and the development of new clinical materials as needed. 
The Clinical Consultant will be responsible for providing trainings and related implementation support to program partners including community mental health and school professionals in Colorado and other TRAILS initiatives as appropriate. 
Clinical Consultants must have extensive expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, and will be expected to provide clinical consultation in cognitive behavioral therapy to help support providers delivering tier 2 TRAILS programming. Consultation will entail review of clinical tools and resources, discussion of upcoming treatment sessions, role-play practice of specific treatment skills, telemedicine attendance at a subset of treatment sessions, and feedback to providers regarding their delivery of CBT or Mindfulness techniques. Regular contact with assigned providers will be expected via phone, email, and teleconference.
Familiarity with evidence-based mental health practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and/or gold-standard suicide prevention and risk management strategies is essential. This position will report to the TRAILS Clinical Supervisor.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from a college or university with a Master's degree in a related field (social work, psychology, counseling, or related field)
  • Extensive knowledge of CBT and evidence-based suicide assessment and prevention practices
  •  A minimum of three 5 years of extensive work experience in related fields 
  • Experience working with children, youth, or young adults in clinical settings
  • Ability to travel to provide training outside of Michigan, including Colorado, a minimum of two (2) times per year (see Additional Information below)
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility within an evolving community project
  • Experience engaging diverse stakeholders 
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team, and independently in a dynamic environment with multiple competing priorities
  • Must have a professional demeanor, excellent interpersonal skills, and proven ability to communicate effectively in both speech and writing
  • Highly motivated, organized, autonomous person with excellent multi-tasking ability, a strong attention to detail, and record-keeping skills 
  • Strong computer skills required, with experience using technology needed by remote teams such as document sharing and video conferencing

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD, PsyD, or similar education level
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking 
  • Experience with community partnered health services and activities
  • Training in CBT for Suicidal Ideation is preferred 
  • Research experience and experience with data management and analysis is preferred

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Work Locations

University of Michigan 
Department of Psychiatry
NCRC Building 520 
1600 Huron Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Additional Information

This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified. 
Candidates located in either Colorado or Michigan will be considered, as well as candidates willing to relocate. All applicants must have experience successfully working with remote colleagues, scheduling flexibility to accommodate multiple time zones, and the ability to travel to states outside of Michigan, including the state of Colorado, at least twice per year.
Excellent benefits are available, for details, see
The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience. The salary range for this position is: minimum $56,210; midpoint $73,070; and maximum $89,940

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Background Screening

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

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


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

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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