The Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, is recruiting for a faculty hire at the rank of advanced Associate or Full Professor in the area of mental health and mental health disparities, from a developmental/lifespan perspective. This is the first of three anticipated hires that are part of a disciplinary excellence investment with the goal of building on departmental expertise in mental health equity. The expectation is that the incumbent will help to build the cluster.
The specific area within Psychology is open, as is the particular lifespan period of research focus, and which could include early childhood or late-life development. The focus on mental health disparities could pertain to mental health care utilization or access, etiology, treatment development, or basic biological or neurological processes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward how structural inequities may undermine mental and physical health, creating stark disparities among different communities. Psychology can play a key role in creating innovative solutions to address these disparities. The goal of the cluster hires is to bring together scholars focused on addressing the ways in which the field of Psychology can seek to understand and ultimately to ameliorate mental health inequality.