The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences and the Sackler Institute for Translational Research are seeking a Lecturer/Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. The post holder will undertake research, teaching and clinical work at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). They will be attached (50%) to Neurodevelopmental Pathway – specialist service for adults with neurodevelopmental outcomes, including specialist assessment, treatment, training of other staff, planning, implementation and follow-up results.
The new position is an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist with an established teaching and research profile (Lead Lecturer) or with clear potential (Lecturer/Researcher). There will also be opportunities to connect with our new MRC Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and other departments of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.
The post holder will act as Deputy Program Director on the MSc Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences of the department. In this role, they will oversee the development and operation of the MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences (CNS). The successful candidate will develop new “translational” research relevant to neurodevelopment (in the broad sense). This can be in any disorder with a clear neurodevelopmental basis (eg autism, ADHD or psychosis), or in disorders that are usually comorbid. Research can be basic, clinical or applied; and it may focus on those affected, infants/children at risk for the disorder, or parental risk factors. There will be opportunities to supervise and train postgraduate students and postdoctoral research staff to ensure their effective development.
This position will be offered on a permanent contract.
It is a full time position.
- Assist the Program Director in directing our master’s program in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences (CNS), including the overall management of teaching and clinical placements, clinical and academic tutors, and maintaining oversight of the various components of the course .
- Develop proposals for high-quality research activities in translational studies (e.g., clinical trials) in neurodevelopment through a portfolio of independent, principal investigator, joint and/or network research projects , and acquire grants for these projects through project grants, scholarships, scholarship funding, consultancy, and other supplemental funds. It is expected that the successful applicant will secure/help to acquire (as PI or co-applicant) research funding totaling at least £300,000 over the first 5 years. Significant support will be provided by the department to help achieve this goal.
- The incumbent will have the unique opportunity to be associated with a number of projects. For example, some of our ongoing projects focusing on infant brain development; its association with variation in cognitive and behavioral phenotype and factors that modulate “risk” versus “resilience” in infants who are at high risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism and/or ADHD). There are also further possibilities for linking to ongoing work funded by major EU, MRC, NIH and Wellcome Trust grants in children and adults examining delinquent behavior, psychopathy, inhibitory behavior , ADHD, OCD, risk of psychosis and autism. This work is “back-translated” into animal and cellular models through our newly funded MRC Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and “downstream translated” into proof-of-concept and clinical studies through collaborations with the Center for Developing Brain and the Sackler Institute. “Priming the Pump” funds will be available from the Sackler Institute to help the successful applicant get their research started.
- Maintain a record of publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, previous grants, and have led an independent research team.
- Enhance the research profile and record of the department and school by maintaining a consistent high-level output of publications in quality peer-reviewed scientific journals and world-class quality presentations.
- Leading a research team to develop own research interests, and establishing a network of collaborations with other researchers linking the research themes of the department, the Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment and the new MRC Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
- The job holder will be required to:
- Assist the Program Director in leading our new Masters program in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences (CNS), including overall management of teaching and clinical placements, clinical and academic tutors, and maintaining oversight of the various components of the Classes.
- Have a record of publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and have held or be prepared to hold research funding to build a research team.
- Enhance the research profile and track record of the department and school in translational neurodevelopment, working towards consistent high-level output of publications in quality peer-reviewed scientific journals and world-class quality presentations.
- Supervise and train postgraduate students and postdoctoral research staff to ensure their effective development and provide mentorship to more junior academic staff.
- Contribute to all formal and informal programs of educational activities offered by their department.
- The post holder will need to have good social and management skills, as the role requires liaising between students, other teaching staff and external experts. As this is a niche course that attracts high quality students from a variety of disciplines and nationalities, the incumbent will need to be personable and understanding of diverse approaches and cultures while being aware of other requirements encountered by students. academics. and clinical supervisors.
- Serve in the host department as directed by the department head and required by the academic framework of the College.
- Clinic (5 sessions per week)
The honorary clinical contract (at an appropriate level) will be sought from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. The incumbent will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.
- To provide a highly specialized psychology service at the Neurodevelopmental Pathway, a specialized psychology service for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, including specialized assessment, treatment, training of other staff, planning, implementation implementation and monitoring of results.
- Contribute to enabling other staff, users and caregivers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
- Provide clinical supervision and consultation as required as a specialist in adult neurodevelopment and complex mental health services.
- To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
- Work as an autonomous professional within the guidelines and codes of conduct of the registration organization and guided by the principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting the policies within parameters defined.
- Agree outcomes/results with the clinical manager/professional and decide on the best way to achieve them.
- Contribute to psychological expertise in the broader multi-agency context
- Be active in providing support to staff in their area, including but not limited to critical incident staff support and think-support-resolve. Participate, as a beneficiary, in staff support work, as required.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the post.
Skills, knowledge and experience
1. [All grades] Doctoral degree in clinical psychology, e.g. DClinPsy
2. [Senior Lecturer] PhD
3. [Senior Lecturer] Post-qualification training in a specialist area of psychological practice working with adults with ASD and/or ADHD, and significant mental health or behavioral difficulties (via formal post-qualification training or a combination of specialist courses of short duration, or a proven portfolio of supervised practice -learning based on a specialized area of clinical practice.
4. [Senior Lecturer] Ability to develop students, interns and junior colleagues
5. [Senior Lecturer] Record for attracting income from research grants, scholarships and/or fellowships
6. [Senior Lecturer] Supervision of postgraduate students
seven. [All grades] Registered with the HPC as a practicing psychologist and evidence of continuing professional development
8. Ability to write high-quality, peer-reviewed research publications and funding applications
9. Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized psychological assessments and interventions for adults with ASD and advanced knowledge of psychological assessments and clinical psychometrics
10. Expert knowledge in relevant research areas, including psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis
11. Ability to build and maintain relationships and work effectively with colleagues within and across organizations.
12. Promise of a strong research reputation, as evidenced by quality peer-reviewed international publications.
1. Experience in delivering high quality education and training
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.