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Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) in the Division of Neuropsychology at Children’s National Hospital offers one, full-time, two-year postdoctoral fellowship in autism spectrum disorders. Upon completion of the fellowship, trainees will have gained the necessary clinical and research skills for independent practice in clinical psychology.

The CASD fellow will receive advances specialty training in clinical work and research in autism spectrum disorders, under the supervision of faculty clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists. The fellow will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide psychological, neuropsychological and developmental evaluations both independently and within the context of multidisciplinary teams (psychiatry, speech/language, neuropsychology)
  • Provide diagnostic assessments of young children as part of a multi-disciplinary team to enable access to early intervention services
  • Administer gold standard autism diagnostic measures (ADOS-2 and ADI-R) in clinical and research settings
  • Provide evidence-based treatment

Postdoctoral fellows participate in formal didactics and professional development opportunities such as providing supervision to pre-doctoral trainees. The fellow is funded (usually 25-30 percent 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. CASD currently has grant funding and contracts supporting imaging, behavioral phenotyping, school-based interventions and gender expression in autism spectrum disorders. The fellow is expected to be a productive member of their research team and to demonstrate competency for independent research after completing the program.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted each January, and competitive candidates are interviewed on site at CASD in Rockville, MD. Applicants should have completed APA/CPA-approved doctoral programs in psychology (typically clinical psychology) and an APA/CPA-accredited predoctoral internship. Applicants should have substantial child-clinical or pediatric psychology experience, including prior clinical and research experience with youth with autism spectrum disorders. Our postdoctoral fellows are expected to be actively involved in research, and as such, candidates should have completed an empirical dissertation and formal coursework in statistics and research methodology as part of their graduate program. The dissertation must be defended prior to the start of the fellowship on September 1.

Please refer to the current brochure for more information about the position, due dates for the current year and required application materials.

Contact Information

For more information about the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders, please contact Cara Pugliese, Ph.D.