Open Rank, Psychologist

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology at Penn State ( is recruiting for an open rank, tenure line faculty position to start in Fall 2017, focusing on the dynamics and/or prevention and treatment of child maltreatment. Candidates might focus on the dynamics of child maltreatment from a biobehavioral perspective, with more specific research interests such as (but not limited to) the impact of trauma exposure on child, adolescent, or later adult neurobiological, physiological, social-emotional, or cognitive functioning. Also of interest is research on the context of maltreatment, including child and parenting factors, family dynamics, or community risks associated with the perpetration of maltreatment and/or affecting the impact of trauma exposure. Alternative (or complementary) research interests would involve translational research focused on preventive or therapeutic interventions for children, parents, and/or adults affected by child maltreatment. Possible areas of translational research include (but are not limited to) parent- or family-focused interventions designed to treat or prevent maltreatment, or trauma-focused treatments designed to address and diminish the consequences of being a victim of child maltreatment. Also of interest is research designed to improve the use of evidence-based intervention strategies by service agencies, or to explore innovations in intervention approaches and delivery strategies. We seek faculty members who are interested in and committed to participating in an inter-disciplinary community of scholars at Penn State contributing to the mission of the PSU Network on Child Protection and Well-being. This position will be supported by the Child Study Center (CSC), which is housed in the Department of Psychology and functions as a university-wide translational research center, supporting advances in developmental science aimed at promoting positive educational, health, and mental health outcomes for children, adolescents, and families. Strong collaborative links exist with the other centers that form the Network, as well as with the PSU Psychological Clinic and satellite centers in urban areas throughout the state. Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of research and teaching interests, a CV, and selected (re)prints. Please arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to with the subject line of Child Maltreatment. Questions regarding the application process can be emailed to Kelly Confer at, and questions regarding the position can be sent to Erika Lunkenheimer at Review of applications will begin September 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088