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Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor

Application Window

Open date: December 10, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Aug 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Jun 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) seeks an experienced, innovative investigator focused on clinical and/or translational research in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to serve as the Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services.

The inaugural holder of the Moghadam Family Distinguished Professorship will be a national and international leader with an emphasis on novel approaches to therapeutic interventions in children, adolescents, or adults. The Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor will receive significant support through a generous endowment of $4 million and will have the opportunity to build a world-class research program at the leading university dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

The Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor will engage in both team science and individually funded work to lead innovative research projects on ADHD, with a particular emphasis on research focused on evidence-based
treatments and interventions. In addition, the Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor will collaborate with colleagues across disciplines and departments to expand research and clinical services, contributing to an already strong and growing faculty focused on ADHD and developmental psychopathology through strategic leadership, collaboration, and mentorship.

Qualifications for the Moghadam Family Distinguished Professorship

  • Established track record of clinical and/or translational research on ADHD (and potentially on related conditions), ideally including work on underlying mechanisms. Ideal focus: transformational work on applied clinical interventions.
    • Interventions could be psychosocial, pharmacologic, combination treatments, technological, and/or novel therapeutic approaches.
  • Track record of success with extramural funding.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity-informed research and practice.
  • Demonstrated teaching, mentoring, and lab-leadership abilities.

Physician applicants for the Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor position must be licensed to practice medicine in California at time of appointment, with demonstrated clinical and educational experience in psychiatry. Specialty board certification is required at the time of appointment, with certification in Psychiatry and or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry preferred, but certification in other disciplines (e.g., Developmental- Behavioral Pediatrics) is acceptable.

Psychologist applicants for the Moghadam Family Distinguished Professor position must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent; licensed to practice psychology in California at time of appointment; and have demonstrated clinical and educational experience in psychology.

Candidate's application materials must state basic qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

About the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a national leader in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. One of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences core missions include research, education, patient care, diversity, equity, inclusion and public service.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is also a core member of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences, which brings together world-class researchers, clinicians, and educators to solve some of the most complex challenges related to human brain health. The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, and the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Consistently recognized as one of the top departments in the US, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences was ranked sixth in 2021 and neurology and neurosurgery were ranked first nationally by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is ranked fifth in the nation, and first among public schools, for its graduate and professional programs and fifth in the nation for its psychiatry residency training programs by USNWR and Doximity, respectively. The Department houses an existing Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic for youth with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders.

In early 2022, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will move into two new state-of-the-art facilities located in the adjacent Mission Bay and Dogpatch neighborhoods: the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry
Building (NFPB) and the Joan and Sanford I Weill Neurosciences Building. In addition to vastly expanded clinical resources including a sleep lab, gym, therapeutic kitchen, neuroimaging and neuromodulation suite, and pediatric
and neurological exam rooms, the NFPB will become the home of a range of outpatient programs and clinics for patients of all ages, particularly for those who require highly specialized care or evaluation and who do not respond to standard treatments. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science will also expand its basic science capabilities in the new Oberndorf Laboratories, which occupy the entire 5th floor of the new Weill Institute building, blocks away on the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. In total, these new buildings will be a remarkable new
centerpiece for a department that brings together UCSF campus and UCSF Health, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland and mental health services at Zucker San Francisco General Hospital, the San Francisco VA Medical Center and a range of community-based programs in San Francisco. These facilities, along with a new adult inpatient unit currently under construction at the UCSF Mount Zion Campus, will expand the universe of collaboration and innovation, and help transform the experiences of children, families, and adults seeking mental health care in the Bay Area and beyond.

UCSF is one of the world’s leading centers of biomedical research, patient care, and health professions education, as well as graduate and postdoctoral training. It is known for a culture of collaboration where faculty and staff work together to advance patient care, lead innovative curricula in the health professions and translate new discoveries into treatments that have, on multiple occasions, changed the practice of medicine. As the only University of California campus (out of 10) dedicated solely to the health sciences, UCSF has developed a strong reputation for excellence in teaching and integrated clinical practice. UCSF is first among public institutions nationwide in research support from the NIH, garnering a total of $636.1 million in 2020. All of its four professional schools—the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy—ranked in the top three in NIH funding in their respective fields. Additionally, the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and departments within the Graduate Division consistently rank among the top ten nationally by U.S. News & World Report and other national and international ranking organizations.

Application Process

This full-time position will be filled at the Associate or Full Professor rank, based on experience, with a start date of July 1, 2022, or thereafter.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by January 28, 2022. Electronic applications (including CV and Statement of Contributions to Diversity) can be submitted
online at

Nominations and inquiries can be submitted to Cati Mitchell-Crossley and Evan Layne at

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details:

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy found here:

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA