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Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. in Psychology; experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

License/certification: Licensure as a psychologist in the State of Wisconsin or eligible for a Wisconsin license is desirable. Supervised post-doctoral hours needed for licensure may be available.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Prior experience working with young children and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is required. Prior experience working with children in a research setting is highly desirable.  Prior training and experience in administering the following standardized assessments is highly desirable: Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, 4th edition; Mullen Scales of Early Learning; Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, 3rd edition; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2); and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). Research reliability on the ADOS-2 and ADI-R is highly desirable.

Principal duties: The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of only 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical bio- manufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide autism diagnostic evaluations and developmental testing for participants in a research project examining prediction abilities in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), directed by Drs. Susan Ellis Weismer and Jenny Saffran. The psychologist is also responsible for sharing evaluation results, including a DSM-5 ASD diagnosis, if appropriate, with the child’s parents/guardians and making general treatment recommendations and writing written evaluation reports. Additional duties include recruitment of participants, data analysis, and dissemination of study results.

Position responsibilities:

75% – Administer and score standardized assessments as part of a research protocol and share results of autism diagnostic evaluation with parents. This includes writing a full clinical evaluation report for each participant and making general treatment recommendations and providing intervention resource information to parents.

10% – Assist with recruitment of study participants through outreach with Birth to 3, Waisman Center clinics, community clinics, and other early childhood organizations.

15% – Assist with data analysis and dissemination of study results through scholarly publications and conference presentations.

Appointment percent: 25% to 50%

To be considered, applications must be submitted online.