Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Autism

The 2015-2017 Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders will provide focused experience in the evaluation and treatment of, and research with, children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

The fellow will have the opportunity to provide diagnostic, developmental and neuropsychological evaluations within the context of a multidisciplinary team, as well as provide both individual and group therapy. Clinical activities will also include training in ADI/ADOS, as well as the opportunity to provide school and parent consultation and community outreach activities. Weekly didactics, case conferences, individual and group supervision are all provided.

The fellow will participate in ongoing research projects through the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, including neuroimaging, cognitive phenotyping and intervention studies focusing on executive functions. The fellow will be involved in several protocols, including a collaborative project with the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health and a large, federally funded (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) project aimed at improving students’ executive functioning and behavior in low- income schools. 

The fellow will also have the opportunity to lead data collection for his or her own new project, if desired, or publish from existing large datasets.

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) is a multidisciplinary center including neuropsychology, developmental psychology, speech/language pathology, neurodevelopmental pediatrics and child psychiatry.  Trainees include medical residents and fellows, postdoctoral neuropsychology fellows, and predoctoral psychology interns and externs. CASD provides multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents with atypical or complicated developmental disorders and their families.

The CASD clinic is designed to address the needs of all children with autism spectrum disorders, but specializes in three main areas:  

  • Diagnosis and neuropsychological evaluation of children with primary deficits in social cognition, communication, and executive functioning, such as children with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Early diagnosis of children at all levels of functioning
  • Evidence-based treatments

Directed by a pediatric neuropsychologist, the Center is staffed by a developmental psychologist, four neuropsychologists,  two child psychiatrists, two clinical psychologists, and two speech and language pathologists.

Two general neuropsychology and two autism fellows also participate in the clinic. Services from other disciplines are integrated as needed, including genetics and neurology.

About Children's National

Children’s National Health System is consistently listed as one of America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report.  Children’s National has provided children and their families with high quality clinical services for more than 140 years, while maintaining an institutional commitment to research initiatives geared toward improving the delivery and effectiveness of pediatric treatment approaches. 

The Children’s Research Institute (CRI) at Children’s National advances research and education to improve child health and well-being. The research at Children’s National has become a focal point for multi-institutional projects in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and nationally.

CASD’s research projects are a part of the Center for Neuroscience Research, which aims to understand the central nervous system and the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain dysfunction in order to prevent or treat neurological and behavioral disorders of childhood.

How to Apply

How to Apply, Salary and Benefits

We will consider applicants who have completed APA-approved doctoral programs in clinical, school, applied developmental, or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship. Applicants should have substantial child-clinical and/or pediatric psychology experience, including clinical and/or research experience with children with autism spectrum disorders. Graduate course work and/or experience should include neuropsychological assessment.

Salary/Benefits

The current salary is $42,000 in the first year, and $43,680 second year. Start date is September 1, 2015. Children's National offers an excellent benefits package. Postdoctoral fellows receive four weeks of annual leave (vacation) per year. We also allow one week professional/conference leave and a professional expense budget of $1,000/year. There are nine paid federal holidays and one “floating” holiday (employee can choose). The hospital provides health insurance, optional dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program, back-up child care assistance, optional life and disability insurance, and discounts on items such as some cellular data plans.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates should include the following: letter of interest indicating clinical and research interests, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, and two assessment reports written by the applicant.

Applicants should send their letter of interest indicating clinical and research interests, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, and two assessment reports to: 

Laura Anthony, PhD 
Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Children's National Health System
15245 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350
Rockville, MD 20850
anthony@childrensnational.org
phone: 301-765-5438
fax: 301-765-5497

Research

Clinical Experiences, Didactics, and Research

The fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide neuropsychological and developmental evaluations both independently and within the context of multi-disciplinary teams (psychiatry, speech/language, psychology).
  • Administer gold standard autism diagnostic measures (ADI and ADOS) and provide diagnostic evaluations in clinical and research settings.
  • Provide school and parent consultations and community outreach services.
  • Provide individual, family and group treatment.

The fellow will participate in specialized didactics in autism:

  • Weekly multidisciplinary team meetings that include didactic presentations, guest speakers, journal/book club and practice discussions.
  • Weekly multidisciplinary case discussions.
  • Weekly assessment and monthly ADOS reliability trainings.
  • Two hours of individual supervision weekly.
  • Optional: Weekly neuropsychological seminar, behavioral sciences Grand Rounds, Children’s Research Institute seminars, etc.

The fellow will be funded (usually approximately 30 percent of the time) to participate in ongoing research projects through CASD, including intervention, behavioral and neuroimaging studies examining executive function and other non-social impairments in autism. The CASD currently has grant funding and contracts supporting imaging, behavioral phenotyping, and school based intervention development.

Teaching and Advocacy

Teaching and Advocacy

The fellow will have the opportunity to develop teaching and supervisory skills to prepare him or her for independent practice within clinical and academic medical settings. Fellows will be given supervision and experience in developing their own supervisory skills with psychology externs and psychometrists.

Fellows will also present a topic in the didactic lecture series, and may be asked to present in the core seminar series for psychiatry trainees, and/or psychology intern seminar or other presentations within the hospital.

Fellows have opportunities to speak in the community. CASD faculty reaches out to the community in many different ways, including: publishing educational packets for parents of children with an ASD diagnosis; holding community outreach events; speaking publicly, etc.

CASD has appeared on national and international television programs, while remaining committed to local initiatives such as the Professional Advisory Board for theModel Asperger Program at the Ivymount School in Rockville, Md., and the Maryland Autism Commission Research Workgroup.

Faculty

Faculty in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Pediatrics, The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Haniya Raza, DO, Medical Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University Medical Center
  • Laura Anthony, PhD, Associate Director, Clinical/Developmental  Psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Pediatrics
  • John Strang, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Pediatrics 
  • Anne Inge, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Pediatrics Angela Bollich, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Pediatrics
  • Yael Granader, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Pediatrics
  • Kathleen Atmore, PsyD, Developmental Neuropsychologist, Research Instructor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Marsha Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Wendell Wu, MD, Child Psychiatrist, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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