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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. 

The CASD fellow will receive advanced specialty training in clinical assessment, treatment and research in autism spectrum disorders, under the supervision of faculty clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists.

  • The fellow will have the opportunity to provide diagnostic, developmental and neuropsychological evaluations both independently and within the context of multidisciplinary teams (psychiatry, speech/language, neuropsychology).
  • Postdoctoral fellows participate in formal didactics and professional development opportunities to enhance their training, including advanced training in ADOS-2/ADI-R, telehealth assessment and opportunities for evidence-based individual and group therapy. Case conference, individual and group supervision, and opportunities to supervise graduate student trainees are all provided.
  • The fellow will have at least one day of protected research time to participate in mentored research projects through CASD, which can include neuroimaging, cognitive phenotyping, community-based intervention studies focusing on executive functions, medical populations at risk for ASD, females with autism and gender variance. 

COVID-19 Adaptations

Our training program is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our fellows while continuing our high-level training and breadth of training opportunities. We are currently employing a hybrid model that includes in-person clinical care with enhanced safety precautions in combination with virtual clinical care. 

Children's National has a robust telehealth program which has allowed us to pivot seamlessly to virtual service delivery models when needed and to leverage technology for virtual didactics, meetings and supervision. 

Children's National provides training for incoming providers on safety in the workplace with regard to COVID-19, and the Division of Neuropsychology has safety protocols and multiple protections in place to safeguard the health of staff and patients. For more information about Children's National's response to coronavirus, please see our website.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2024 training year, but will begin recruiting for the 2023-2025 training year in October 2022. Please check back at that time for updated recruitment materials. Please direct any questions about the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders to Cara Pugliese, Ph.D.

Our application process is competitive. Applicants must have completed an APA/CPA-accredited doctoral program in psychology (Clinical Psychology preferred) and an APA/CPA-accredited clinical predoctoral internship. Competitive applicants are well-rounded clinicians in the scientist-practitioner tradition, who clearly demonstrate:

  • Strong prior training in clinical or pediatric psychology, with a clear focus on working with children and adolescents
  • Clinical experience with administering gold-standard diagnostic measures of autism (e.g., ADOS-2/ADI-R) and conducting evidence-based treatment
  • Cognitive testing experience with psycho-educational and/or neuropsychological batteries including administration, case conceptualization and report writing
  • A record of meaningful participation and productivity in research including peer-reviewed publications and strong skills in statistical analysis

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.