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Clinical Experiences

Our faculty is committed to excellence in clinical care and training. In this spirit, we believe both evaluation and treatment rotations are fundamental to well-rounded training in ASD. At the same time, clinical training experiences are personalized to the fellow’s goals and interests. Training rotations include a combination of core and elective opportunities:

  • ASD Diagnostic Evaluation (Core): Fellows receive extensive training in ASD assessment across the lifespan (ages 12 months – young adult) and will develop facility with various diagnostic tools including ADOS-2, CARS-2, and ADI-R, as well as evaluation using telemedicine.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (Core): Fellows will co-lead an interdisciplinary executive functioning group-based intervention for school age children with ASD, working with our speech/language pathologists and/or provide individual psychotherapy.
  • Psychological/Neuropsychological Evaluation (Elective): Fellows will have the opportunity to gain experience in assessment of cognitive and learning abilities in autistic youth across age ranges (preschool clinic) and ability levels (minimally verbal clinic, neuropsychological evaluation clinic).
  • Other Specialized Opportunities (Elective): Assessment with medically complex and gender diverse populations.

Didactic and Professional Development Experiences

Our fellowship offers specialized ASD-focused didactics and professional development activities.

  • Monthly reliability trainings in gold-standard diagnostic measures (e.g., ADOS-2, etc.)
  • At least two hours of individual supervision weekly
  • Monthly group assessment supervision focusing on case formulation, report writing, feedbacks, DEI issues, neurodiversity and transition-age youth
  • Weekly didactic/professional development multidisciplinary meetings that include didactic presentations, guest speakers and case discussions.
  • Additional opportunities through our division and the larger medical center include: neuropsychological seminar series, Hospital Grand Rounds, Behavioral Medicine Grand Rounds, Children’s Research Institute Seminars and IDDRC Seminars. Most of these meetings can be attended remotely via video teleconference.

Supervision and Teaching Opportunities

The fellow will develop teaching and supervisory skills to prepare themselves for independent practice within clinical and academic medical settings. Fellows develop their own supervisory skills with psychology externs and psychometrists. Fellows present topics within neuropsychology and CASD seminar series. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in community education and outreach at the local level and beyond.

Sample Postdoc Schedule

Applicants often wonder how all the above opportunities come together over the two-year period. The sample schedule below is an illustration. Actual schedules will vary depending on trainee goals and interests. Fellows participate in multiple rotations at any given time. Rotations vary in both length (6 months or 12 months) and intensity (e.g., cases weekly or twice a month).