Academic Medicine, Healthcare, Physician Leadership

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

  • The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC)
  • Jackson, MS

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is seeking a Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the School of Medicine to support its missions of health care, education, and research. This key leadership role, reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, will manage the current department activity of 9 psychiatrists; 12 basic scientists; 12 psychologists; 6 nurse practitioners; 60 clinical, research, and administrative personnel; and 42 trainees in residency or fellowship programs. The Chair must have the ability to lead in a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters excellence in clinical practice, research and education for the department. Further, the Chair must have the ability to establish, maintain and execute a vision for the department that aligns with UMMC’s mission areas and 2025 Strategic Plan. The Chair will work collaboratively across multiple disciplines and serves with 17 other clinical chairs on the Council of Clinical Chairs.  The ideal candidate must be a thought leader and have the ability to establish consensus and strong relationships in a complex and dynamic organization.

The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior’s mission is to provide services in a caring and respectful atmosphere by a team of dedicated and skilled clinicians who are committed to improving the mental health of all Mississippians. The Department offers a broad range of adult and pediatric patient care services; conducts basic, clinical, and translational research; supports a psychiatry residency program, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program, a sleep medicine fellowship program, a graduate program in neuroscience, a predoctoral psychology internship program, and a postdoctoral psychology fellowship.

UMMC’s tripartite mission of clinical service, education, and research is realized through the department’s divisions, affiliated centers (i.e., Center for the Advancement of Youth, Center for Integrative Health, Center for Gender and Sexual Minority Health, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Center for Innovation and Discovery Addictions, and Neuro Institute), clinics, and training programs.

UMMC is located in Jackson, MS and serves multiple sites throughout the state. The Medical Center’s three-part mission is to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow’s health care professionals, by conducting health sciences research, and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income, or social status.

Integral to its education and research missions, UMMC provides wide-ranging patient care programs. Three specialized hospitals on the Jackson campus include the only children’s hospital in Mississippi, a women and infants’ hospital, and a critical care hospital, along with University Hospital. UMMC offers the only Level 1 trauma center, the only Level 4 neonatal intensive care nursery unit, and the only organ transplant programs in the state, in addition to many other referral services. University Physicians, the faculty group practice of the School of Medicine, includes about 500 doctors, many of them among leaders in their field, who care for patients in the hospitals and clinics on campus, around the Jackson metro area, and in outreach clinics around the state. UMMC includes two community hospitals, UMMC Holmes County and UMMC Grenada.

With more than 10,000 full- and part-time employees, UMMC is one of the largest employers in Mississippi. The Medical Center’s $1.8 billion annual budget – approximately one-tenth from state appropriations – represents 10 percent of the Jackson metro area economy and two percent of the state economy. UMMC continues to grow in all its mission areas.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the core vision of UMMC and its three mission areas. UMMC commits to attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and student body in order to achieve mission-driven outcomes in the diverse Mississippi communities we serve.


  • Must have a M.D., D.O. or equivalent degree from an accredited medical school
  • Board certification in specialty recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Currently possess or eligible for licensure in the State of Mississippi
  • At least three years of administrative leadership in healthcare and/or medical staff activities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Academic medical center experience is preferred

Faculty appointment rank will be determined after review of academic accomplishments and experience, but the candidate must be eligible for at least an associate professor rank.  Final candidates for this role will be required to include a diversity and inclusion statement. 

The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program or education activity to all qualified persons. The Medical Center complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Interested candidates should submit their CV in confidence to Page Ettle at

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