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Intervention Research Fellowship Focused on Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) announces the availability of TWO Postdoctoral Fellowship positions focused on intervention research with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. CCHMC is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with a reputation for excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, teaching, and training. CCHMC was recently ranked second of pediatric hospitals by the US News & World Report, ranks third among pediatric medical centers in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, and hosts one of the nation’s largest fellowship training programs in pediatric/child psychology.

These federally-funded research postdoctoral fellowships will provide advanced training in working with adolescents (middle school and high school students) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) without an intellectual disability.  One fellowship is for one year, while the other can be for one or two years depending on candidates’ availability and interest.

One fellow will primarily work on a study that involves developing, adapting, and testing an intervention to be implemented in the school setting targeting academic executive functions (e.g., organization, planning, and study skills). The second fellow will primarily work on a study that involves testing an intervention targeting daily living skills (e.g., hygiene, cooking, and laundry) as compared to a social skills intervention. We envision that fellows will have a role on both studies. Fellows will become research reliable on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule or ADOS-2 with a certified ADOS-2 trainer. Other opportunities include (1) assisting with intervention development and adaptation; (2) training and consultation with school personnel who deliver the executive function intervention; (3) supervision of graduate trainees who assist in facilitating the daily living skills and social skills intervention in the clinic setting; and (4) training school personnel on behavior management principles. Fellows’ access to multiple datasets will contribute to publication and presentation opportunities, and fellows will have protected time for their own research interests. There may also be the opportunity to provide school and parent consultation and community outreach activities. Both fellowships include opportunities to develop both clinical and research skills in the area of ASD. For questions regarding these positions, contact Amie Duncan, Ph.D. (amie.duncan@cchmc.org) or Leanne Tamm, Ph.D. (leanne.tamm@cchmc.org).

These fellowships are part of a larger network of Psychology Fellowships at CCHMC, with associated didactic and professional development training: https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/education/clinical/fellowship/beh-med. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from an APA approved program, completed an APA approved internship, and defended their dissertation prior to beginning the fellowship. The earliest start date is July 6, 2020 (later dates available). Stipends will be at the current NIH levels for each year of training. Across our academic community, there is a strong commitment to recruit, train, and retain trainees and faculty of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Please visit our website for fellowship information, including application instructions: https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/education/clinical/fellowship/beh-med/contact/.

For general assistance, applicants may contact the Psychology Fellowship Coordinator (Samantha Atkins, samantha.atkins@cchmc.org) or the Co-Directors of the Psychology Fellowship Training program, Meg H. Zeller, Ph.D. (meg.zeller@cchmc.org) and Stephen P. Becker, Ph.D. (stephen.becker@cchmc.org). The application deadline is Thursday, January 2nd, 2020.