University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on July 5, 2020
Req #: 179541
Department: PSYCHIATRY
Posting Date: 06/04/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department within the School of Medicine with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 200 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department’s highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department’s robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for Clinical Supervisors.

Position Purpose:

The Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Prevalence Study (MDPS) is a research effort to understand how many adults in the United States have mental and substance use disorders. This study is led by RTI International with partners at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Duke University, Harvard University, the Treatment Advocacy Center, the University of Chicago, and the University of Washington. The MDPS is a cooperative agreement to RTI by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services. with partners at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, Duke University, Harvard University, the Treatment Advocacy Center, the University of Chicago, and the University of Washington. The MDPS is a cooperative agreement to RTI by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Position Complexities:

This position is responsible for the supervision of clinical interviewers and accuracy of data collection for  household and non-household cohorts.  Household data collection. The MDPS household sample will include approximately 6,000 clinical interviews. These interviews will be completed by video conference, telephone, or in person. Study team staff will identify eligible respondents in households in chosen areas across the country and selected adults will be asked to complete a short screening instrument. This screening instrument will help the study team identify individuals at risk for mental and substance use disorders to prioritize for a clinical interview. Non-household data collection. In prisons, homeless shelters, state psychiatric hospitals, and jails, facility records will be used to identify potential respondents. Clinical interviews will be completed with approximately 333 hospitalized patients residing in state psychiatric hospitals, 833 homeless individuals residing in shelters, 714 adults residing in federal/state prisons, and screening interviews with approximately 300 adults residing in jails. These individuals will be invited to complete a clinical interview upon their release from jail. Clinical interviews with individuals residing in these non-household settings will be conducted in person.

Position Dimensions and Impact to the University:

Mental and substance use disorders are significant public health problems with substantial unmet treatment need. Despite calls for improved estimates of these problems, critical methodological gaps remain. Two gaps are particularly important: the lack of accurate estimates of the most seriously impairing disorders in household populations, such as schizophrenia; and the exclusion of the incarcerated, homeless, and hospitalized non-household populations from national estimates. The MDPS is designed to fill these gaps. The study will include interviews conducted by clinicians to assess complex and impairing disorders. Interviews will be conducted from (1) a national household sample; (2) a national sample of incarcerated individuals in federal/state prisons; and (3) samples of individuals residing in homeless shelters, state psychiatric hospitals, and jails in a large urban area, a more rural community, and a suburban metropolitan region. Seattle has been selected as the suburban metropolitan region for this study.


Supervises a team of 6-8 Clinical Interviewers during the 15 month data collection period. Duties include:

  • Review of completed SCI5 interviews for quality and accuracy (40%);
  • Provide direct, constructive feedback to Clinical Interviewers to maintain inter-rater reliability (40%);
  • Respond to Clinical Interviewer questions (10%);
  • Lead monthly group or individual review meetings to discuss instrument administration topics (10%)

    Lead Responsibilities:

    Supervises team of clinical interviewers as they interview study participants remotely and on site; provide assistance and feedback in handling distressed respondents and assessing potential risk; Works with the RTI team to troubleshoot data collection questions and to identify additional training needs of the team member.  The Clinical Supervisor will lead monthly group meetings to discuss various modes of interviewing (NETSCID, standard SCID on paper) and respond to interviewer questions to ensure accurate data collection. Supervisor will be available to interviews when they are in the field during early or after 5 p.m. hours.  May travel to data collection sites to assist in interviewing and troubleshooting issues that arise. Supervisors may assist in scheduling interviewers and in requesting travel arrangements or schedules for interviews out of the area (i.e. state hospital in Spokane). Meets with PI, study manager and support staff to report on monthly goals and any issues that arise; completes reports.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    Supervisory responsibilities include overseeing data collection, review of completed SCID interviews, providing feedback to interviewers, providing targeted training as needed, and hosting group and individual conferences to discuss instrument administration topics.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


  • Master's degree in related field plus three years work related experience

    Additional Requirements:
  • Be able to attend a 2 week virtual training (4 hours a day) October 22-November 6, 2020.
  • Recent experience with the SCID clinical interview (within past 5 years);
  • Recent clinical experience with highly impaired populations (within past 5 years);
  • Experience supervising diagnostic assessments.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Doctoral Degree in clinical or counseling psychology, or a medical degree with a specialty in psychiatry, or an advance degree in a related field such as clinical social work
  • Experience administering the SCID in a research context;
  • High attention to detail; ability to accurately administer a complex interview protocol; ability to provide balanced and constructive feedback to a team of clinical interviewers.


    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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