Vanderbilt Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Location: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Nashville, Tennessee

Position: 2024-2025 Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (up to 2 positions available)

Description: The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) for Research on Human Development and the Department of Pediatrics in the VUMC Division of Developmental Medicine is accepting applications for a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship in the area of autism and related developmental disabilities. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center provides an exceptional research and training environment, reflecting synergy across our NICHD-supported Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), MCHB-supported Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) grant, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and programs within TRIAD.

The fellowship is housed within TRIAD, the hub for campus-wide interdisciplinary work in autism research, service, outreach, and training. Fellowship activities include diagnostic evaluations of children with suspected ASD through research projects and our hospital-based developmental clinic, with the goal of obtaining ADOS-2 research reliability. In collaboration with our TRIAD Professional Development, Training, and Outreach Team, fellows will also develop and deliver live and online training modules to parents, providers, and school personnel; participate in school-based consultation and support; and develop inclusive activities and supports with community partners. Additionally, fellows may provide assessment, tele-consultation, and embedded support within primary care contexts. The fellow will serve as a long-term trainee under our Vanderbilt Consortium Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program. This includes participation in at least 300 hours of activities that include online seminars, leadership classes, and other requirements during the academic year.

This postdoctoral clinical fellowship is a one-year paid position with fringe benefits, likely commencing late August 2024. Salary is commensurate with NRSA postdoctoral beginning stipend levels. Previous clinical training and experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorders are required, as is completion of an APA-accredited PhD/PsyD clinical or school psychology doctoral program and internship. Dissertation defense and other graduation requirements must be completed prior to start date.

Application Process: Applications should include:

  • a current curriculum vita,
  • a letter describing clinical interests and experience, and
  • recommendation letters from at least two references who have worked with the applicant in different contexts. These can be submitted directly by letter writers or compiled and sent by the applicant.

Send materials by email to Review of applications will begin immediately and on a rolling schedule.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas. Applicants must be United States citizens due to grant funding requirements.

Application Contact Information:

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