Donald R. Dizney Chair in Psychiatry

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Health Profession
Department:29120000 - MD-PSYCHIATRY

Classification Title:

Chair and Assistant/Associate/Professor

Job Description:

You belong at a University that is Rising

The University of Florida, the flagship university of the state of Florida, is a top-tier research institution with a long history of training outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UF is currently ranked #5 among U.S. public research universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University of Florida Health Sciences Center is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. The colleges, major research centers and institutes, and clinical enterprise focus on building collaborative, specialized clinical services centered on quality and innovation.

The UF Department of Psychiatry is one of the largest multifaceted psychiatry programs in the United States.

It currently boasts approximately 71 faculty members, 45 residents and 15 fellows spread across several programs including child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, community psychiatry, neuromodulation, and addiction medicine fellowships. The department operates across 10 facilities, with office or inpatient settings, including a clinic in Vero Beach Florida and the Florida Recovery Center and a free-standing 81 bed substance addiction recovery center. The hub for operations is located at the McKnight Brain Institute.

The Psychiatry department is enriched by its close collaborations with the McKnight Brain Institute, the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, the UF Health Shands Hospitals System, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

The Opportunity

The Department of Psychiatry invites applications for the position of Donald R. Dizney Chair in Psychiatry.

The next chair will oversee a Psychiatry department that is nationally recognized for its basic, clinical and translational research on addiction, depression, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety related disorders, neuromodulation, autism and neurodevelopment, neuroscience of aging & neurodegenerative disease, evidence-based psychotherapy, chronic tic disorders & Tourette syndrome, basic and clinical psychopharmacology, psychiatric genetics, pharmacogenetics, 

cognitive & computational neuroscience, structural &  functional neuroimaging, substance use & dual diagnosis disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. The department is also a leader in psychiatric neuromodulation and deep brain stimulation.

Research faculty within the department of Psychiatry are engaged in ground-breaking projects covering a variety of interests through the department’s four research centers, multiple research labs and numerous collaborations with other departments. The UF Department of Psychiatry receives approximately $8 million in grant funding annually.

The successful applicant for this position will report to the Dean of the College of Medicine.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, vision and direction to the Department of Psychiatry for both the clinical and basic sciences.
  • Create and implement initiatives and programs that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department.
  • Oversight and responsibility for the clinical operations and all educational activities of the department and personnel.
  • Responsibility for maintaining the accreditation of the Department’s residency and fellowship training programs.
  • Oversight of the research activities in the Department including hiring and supervision of all levels of faculty and staff.
  • Oversight of all administrative and financial affairs of the Department.
  • Active promotion and solicitation of gifts to sustain the clinical, research and education missions of the department including overseeing grants and other funding opportunities.
  • Evaluation and mentorship of all department faculty to ensure the department is recruiting, hiring, developing accomplished diverse faculty members in an equitable and inclusive manner.
  • Design and provide career development and promotion opportunities for faculty members.

The Department of Psychiatry

The College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry focuses on five central missions: clinical care; research; education; advocacy; and diversity, equity & inclusion, which embodies the values of communication, integrity, competency, reliability, knowledge, and respect.

As a leader in innovation, the Department offers bench-to-bedside evidence-based treatment programs for a variety of mental health and substance use disorders.

Faculty, fellows, residents, and other trainees work within nine divisions of the department: Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Psychology, Community Psychiatry, Student Mental Health, and Veterans Affairs. 

Treatment teams within UF Health Psychiatry specialize in autism and neurodevelopment, exposure response prevention and other evidence-based psychotherapies, evaluation and treatment of impaired professionals, addiction/substance use disorders & dual diagnosis, neuropsychological testing/evaluations, comprehensive evaluation and treatment of OCD and anxiety related disorders, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), psychiatric illness in medical settings, street & community psychiatry, severe mental illness, TMS, neuromodulation, and women’s mental health.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Florida College of Medicine is committed to diversity, inclusion, and heath equity through the efforts of actively finding, developing, and including the best talent to support our vision of being “a premier institution focused on promoting health and alleviating human suffering through exceptional education, discovery, innovation and patient-centered health care of the highest quality.”

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

The University of Florida 

Located in Gainesville since 1906, The University of Florida (UF) has 16 colleges, a major academic health center, a championship winning athletic program, a top-ranked undergraduate online program and, in keeping with its land-grant mission, one of the nation’s most comprehensive agriculture and natural resources programs. All are based at the University’s 2,000-acre campus, joining its historic red-brick core with advanced facilities and preserved natural areas and connecting to adjacent innovation, commercial and residential districts.

UF has 55,000 students, 30,000 employees, 5,500 faculty members, a $5 billion annual budget and more than 140 mission-focused units across the state of Florida. It is the Sunshine State’s only member of the Association of American Universities comprising the nation’s 60 leading public and private research universities. More than 51,000 students have applied as freshmen for the 2021-22 academic year — a new record.

Several qualities distinguish UF among today’s leading public research universities. The first is its highly comprehensive breadth on a single campus, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration among, for example, faculty within the adjacent colleges of journalism, engineering, and medicine. The second is its unwavering support from the state of Florida, which has endorsed UF’s drive to become one of the nation’s very best public research universities — supporting those efforts since 2013 with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to grow its faculty ranks by 500 members. UF’s third exceptional quality is its dynamism. Like Florida, the nation’s third-largest state and among the fastest-growing, UF is undergoing rapid transformation as it pursues the overarching aspiration to be "a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership.”

The City of Gainesville

Gainesville ( is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and so is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. Gainesville is also the largest city in Alachua County and is the county seat, with approximately 269,000 residents county-wide. It serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the north central Florida region. The city provides a full range of municipal services, including cultural and nature services and necessary administrative services to support these activities. Additionally, the city owns a regional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-par championship golf course. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida. The city is in a central location to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a day’s drive to beaches, nature preserves, and water-based activities. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.



Expected Salary:

Commensurate with training and experience

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must have a M.D., or D.O., degree, be board certified in Psychiatry and eligible to receive a license to practice in the state of Florida.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Leadership experience in Psychiatric medicine in an academic teaching hospital
  • Academic rank of an assistant, associate, or full professor
  • Experience leading and mentoring faculty with clinical, academic and research responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to drive innovative change
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates must apply online at and should include a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for this position and a current curriculum vitae. Formal review of applications will begin on May 9, 2022 and will continue until a viable applicant pool is established.  

Inquiries and nominations can be sent to Mackenzie Burkett, Talent Consultant with the Strategic Talent Group at or 352-273-1751.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection upon request.


Health Assessment Required: Yes


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