The Children's Mercy Hospital and University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine seek a dynamic and energetic leader to serve as Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences. The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences is one of the largest collaborative behavioral health programs of its kind in the country. Under one umbrella, we address the developmental, psychiatric, psychological, and family therapy needs of children and adolescents, providing coordinated care to address the complex problems they and their families face with a range of developmental and behavioral health challenges and medical complexities. Both psychologists and physicians who are interested will be considered and are encouraged to apply.
The new Division Director will be responsible for leading 52 licensed psychologists, 10 developmental pediatricians, and 7 child and adolescent psychiatrists, as well as other faculty, social workers, and psychometricians who support the Division. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with the capacity to lead well-developed clinical and educational programs, foster growth in current clinical and translational research endeavors, and support high-quality, innovative clinical services throughout our catchment area. In addition to our academic affiliation with UMKC, Children's Mercy is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the new Division Director will be expected to foster the ongoing clinical and research collaborations between the two institutions and with organizations throughout the greater Kansas City Metro region.
Faculty in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences have a strong national presence in their respective disciplines. Our faculty hold leadership positions in the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and on national training councils. They participate on and chair national working groups and committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Faculty promote the education of colleagues and advancement of their respective disciplines through work with allied professional medical organizations. Promoting the division's reputation, leadership, and influence on the national and international stage is a priority of the division.
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences is actively involved in education, training, and professional development, supporting a range of programs that include an APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship program, an accredited Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, Psychology practice, and several clinical child and pediatric Psychology Fellows, as well as participating in medical student and resident teaching and training. The Division provides services at 5 locations in Kansas and Missouri. The combined Children's Mercy Kansas City and outreach sites span western Kansas to south central Missouri and generate over 30,000 outpatient visits annually. Faculty in the Division participate in or co-direct comprehensive interdisciplinary clinics and programs throughout the hospital that provide specialized assessment, intervention, and consultation services to children, adolescents, and their families. Many of our faculty are closely aligned with other divisions addressing both acute and chronic illness, providing specialty specific clinical services, participating in program development, and collaborating on research activities (or projects).
Children's Mercy is dedicated to improving the lives of children through basic, clinical, and translational research, and has identified four areas of research emphasis: Health Services and Outcomes; Genomic Medicine; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutic Innovations; and Innovation in Health Care Delivery. Division faculty have key leadership and research roles in our world class Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, and in 2016 Children's Mercy opened the Children's Research Institute to advance pediatric translational science. Faculty in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences lead numerous extramurally funded research endeavors across substantive areas such as pain management, adherence, trauma-informed care, weight management, and the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders. Faculty are actively involved with or provide leadership to many national research networks and consortiums, and are central to team science collaborations across a variety of hospital divisions.