Interviews Scheduled for Ballmer Institute Directors Finalists


The University of Oregon will bring finalist candidates to campus this month in its nationwide search for the Ballmer Institute’s Executive Director for Children’s Behavioral Health.

The Ballmer Institute is creating an entirely new profession aimed at promoting the behavioral health and well-being of children and adolescents by emphasizing the early detection and prevention of mental health disorders. Ballmer Institute graduate child behavioral health specialists will enrich the behavioral health and well-being of children and adolescents across identities and abilities, from a variety of family structures and backgrounds, in schools, public health and other health care facilities.

“This hire is critical,” said Janet Woodruff-Borden, interim vice president and executive vice president. “The Executive Director will develop and implement a vision that will enable us to deliver on our commitment that the Ballmer Institute contributes to high quality research and trains a diverse and highly qualified group of specialists to augment the existing behavioral health workforce and play a key role. in the continuum of care for Oregon’s persistently underserved youth in an area where the number of people in desperate need of this care is growing.

Affiliate faculty and staff will be invited to meet each of the finalists during their respective campus visit, which will include a UO Portland component.

Details about each nominee will be shared with invited participants in advance, along with an online feedback survey for each nominee, through which participants can share their observations.

The Search Committee is chaired by Professor Leslie Leve, Chair Lorry Lokey and Department Head of the College of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology and Social Work, and includes a wide range of internal and external OU stakeholders. The committee joined forces with Isaacson, Miller to ensure a broad search producing a diverse pool of well-qualified candidates.

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