Assistant Professor Positions - Tenure-Track

Kent State University’s Department of Psychological Sciences is recruiting two new tenure-track faculty members to begin Fall 2023: (1) Assistant Professor in Biological Aspects of Psychology and (2) Assistant Professor in Clinical Child or Adolescent Psychology. The department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and mentoring. We seek candidates who embrace this philosophy. 

New faculty will join a vibrant, highly research active, and collaborative department. Our faculty have demonstrated success in attracting substantial federal funding in support of their individual and collective research programs. This has been facilitated, in part, by strong, collaborative ties with Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI), multiple hospital partners, and area research institutes.  Further information about the Department of Psychological Sciences can be found at and BHRI at

Faculty will be expected to develop a productive research program, pursue extramural funding, direct theses and dissertations, and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Requirements include an earned doctorate in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related fields.  Clinical applicants should have an earned doctorate in Clinical Psychology from an APA-accredited program, completed a one-year APA-accredited internship, and have license eligibility as a Psychologist in Ohio, as defined by Ohio’s State Board of Psychology. 

Additional requirements include:

Assistant Professor, Biological Aspects of Psychology: Applicants should have expertise in biological aspects of psychology and the position is open to a broad range of research areas, including but not limited to, psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral (epi)genetics, cognitive or affective neuroscience, and psychophysiological processes underlying health. Research foci that complement existing strengths in the department are preferred.  The new faculty member will be expected to contribute to the newly developed neuroscience undergraduate major (in collaboration with other faculty in Psychological and Biological Sciences) as well as provide doctoral level coursework in biological aspects of psychology.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Child/Adolescent:  Applicants should have expertise in Clinical Child or Adolescent Psychology and be prepared to mentor clinical child PhD students in research and contribute to the PhD training program in Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology. Area of research is open, but individuals whose research complements existing faculty expertise in child stress, anxiety, and behavioral health are especially encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants who completed APA accredited internships and/or post-doctoral training in clinical child psychology.

Review of applications will begin immediately.  However, priority will be given to applications received by October 10, 2022.  Send application materials, including statements of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, at least three publications, statement of diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation by e-mail to Specific questions about the Biological Aspects of Psychology position can be directed to Dr. Karin Coifman, Search Committee Chair, by email to  Specific questions about the Clinical Child/Adolescent position can be directed to Dr. Christopher Flessner, Search Committee Chair, by email to

The Department of Psychological Sciences is a highly productive, collaborative research environment. The Department is home to 30 tenure-track faculty with active research labs, including an AAALAC approved Animal Research Facility.  The Department is housed within Kent Hall and the Kent Hall Annex, both three stories tall and connected by a walkway. These buildings house many operations that include offices for faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff; multi-room research laboratories with customized features such as kitchen units, psychophysiological assessment suites, or wet labs; an Animal Research Facility; a Psychological Clinic; computer labs with advanced analytical software; and technology-equipped classrooms. The Department’s graduate program offers PhDs in Clinical, Social, Cognitive, Health, and Developmental Psychology, as well as in Behavioral Neuroscience. Current department faculty have federally funded research programs seeking to understand and address challenges in behavioral medicine, neuropsychological assessment, traumatic stress, neuropsychopharmacology, cognition, psychopathology, learning and intervention science, including both child and adult-focused projects. The Department of Psychological Sciences highly values scholarly productivity and grantsmanship. The faculty is internationally recognized for their research and the department is ranked by NSF as one of the “Top 100 Psychology Faculties” in federal research expenditures.

Kent State University is an R1 research institution designated as very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university has strong partnerships with regional medical institutions such as Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Akron Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals, and NASA. The university is nestled between two cities (Cleveland & Akron) and attracts students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Kent, OH is an affordable college town with close proximity to national parks, arts and culture. Students and faculty often live within walking distance.

Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 3:07pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 3:22pm
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