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Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Behavioral Health in the Center for Behavioral Health Research

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is conducting a national search for a highly regarded faculty member and principal investigator to fill the position of Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Behavioral Health in its Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR) within the College of Social Work.

The successful candidate is a respected scholar with a strong record of scientific accomplishment including a sustained record of funding from NIH, NSF, and/or other external funders. The applicant’s area of research should fit under the broad category of behavioral health.  Current NIH funded research within the center, and research currently being conducted by College of Social Work faculty, address: the social and spatial influences on adolescent and young adult substance use; descriptive epidemiologic studies; text-delivered randomized clinical trials addressing cannabis use disorder; the integration of substance use treatment within primary care; pregnant women and substance use and mental health; environmental issues; social justice; methodological issues; gerontology; suicide risk assessment; the development of apps for use with burn victims and in integrated health care settings; exposure to immigration-related trauma; homelessness; neurobiological processes of eating disorders; and social welfare policy. Applicants whose area of research overlaps with or complements these areas are particularly welcome.

This position will also involve being a mentor for faculty and Ph.D. students with demonstrated interest in creating a dynamic research and training environment; being a team player and collaborator with interdisciplinary research experience and have an interest in engaging faculty and researchers within the College, with the College of Social Work Office of Research and Public Service; across the University of Tennessee Knoxville and other institutions nationally and internationally.

This is an outstanding and unique opportunity for an experienced behavioral health scientist that includes an endowed professorship and a hard-money, 9-month tenured faculty position. The position offers the successful applicant the unique opportunity to pursue her/his program of research full time. While not required, opportunities also exist for teaching at the graduate level and appointments in appropriate related departments.

This endowed professorship offers a highly competitive salary with excellent fringe benefits.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in psychology, medicine, public health, social work, sociology or other behavioral health-related field; the professional qualifications for appointment to a full professor position; an established, active program of research related to behavioral health care; and a strong commitment to both continuing their programs of research and mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows who are developing programs of externally-funded research.

The Center for Behavioral Health Research

The Center for Behavioral Health Research ( conducts a broad spectrum of behavioral health studies of at-risk children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities.  The CBHR’s research is supported by the CSW staff and incorporates faculty from a variety of disciplines at The University of Tennessee and other universities.  Since its founding in 1988, the CBHR’s work has been largely funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  Other funders include the Health Resources and Services Administration, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

Nominations and Applications

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (with a letter of interest, a CV, a half-to-one-page research statement, one or two representative papers, and a list of three references), or expressions of interest.  Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. All inquiries and materials should be submitted to:

Dr. David Dupper, Interim Dean

College of Social Work


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is Tennessee’s flagship state research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Knoxville is the gateway to multiple beautiful and historically significant National Park Service destinations, including the Great Smoky Mountains NP and the Big South Fork NRRA. East Tennessee offers a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings with easy access to miles of inland waterways, ~1000 acres of trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and diverse cultural opportunities. Downtown Knoxville is a thriving neighborhood adjacent to campus, filled with restaurants, shops, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is a musical mecca with Tennessee Shines, the Big Ears Music Festival, Knoxville Symphony & Opera, Jazz on the Square, Alive at Five, and other events.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.

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Founded in 1988, the Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR) seeks to improve the lives of America’s at-risk children and families. The Center has studied the clinical course of early-onset depression and substance-related (addictive) disorders in hundreds of adolescents. It has studied the leaders and front-line staff of hundreds of mental health and social service systems nationwide, and the outcomes of thousands of children and families who receive services from those systems.

The Center has long emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary staff and faculty to facilitate better research designs and results, as well as an inter-institutional approach that draws on the expertise of outstanding collaborators from across the country.

Originally the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center, the CBHR has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, particularly the National Institute of Mental Health. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has also been a significant funder. Other projects have been supported by the W.T. Grant Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.