Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Autism Center (24 views)

New York, NY
November 10, 2021

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Child Mind Institute is currently accepting applications for a two-year clinical post-doctoral fellowship in our Autism Center’s clinical and research programs starting in the Summer of 2022. This position is within the Autism Center, is one of five clinical treatment services, and one of four research programs at the Child Mind Institute. The Autism Center integrates clinical and research lab practices and expertise dedicated to supporting toddlers, children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and related challenges. 

This position has a dual reporting relationship to the Senior Research Scientist and Senior Director, Autism Center. This is a full-time, exempt position located in our New York City headquarters and offers a competitive salary and full benefits. 

The Child Mind Institute is proud to be named a Great Place to Work-Certified company! Our competitive compensation and benefits include medical insurance, 401(k) with match, flexible work schedules, paid parental leave, dependent care and discounted tickets and entertainment perks program.

The fellowship program is designed to provide advanced training in the assessment and treatment of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders, with the goal to prepare the fellows for a successful career in the clinical field of autism. The fellow will work under the mentorship of doctor’s Cynthia Martin Psy.D and Adriana Di Martino MD, and will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team across our clinical and research centers. The core components of the fellowship will include developing of advanced phenotyping skills with high fidelity on all measures of psychological testing and in-depth knowledge of their psychometrics and construct variables, as well as training on a wide range of evidence-based treatment specific to autism. Specifically, the fellowship will include: 

  • Training and attainment of research reliability on the gold standard autism diagnostic instruments, including the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).
  • Training in the diagnostic assessment of psychopathology often co-occurring with autism using standardized, semi-structured (e.g., KSADS) and unstructured clinical interview techniques. Comorbidity is extremely frequent in ASD, and the ability to recognize and treat associated psychopathology will strengthen the clinical expertise of the fellow.   
  • Training and mastery on standardized measures of cognitive, language, academic, and adaptive skills (e.g., MSEL, DAS-2, PPVT-5, WIAT-4, Vineland-3) that are commonly used in autism diagnostic evaluations, ranging from early toddlerhood through young adulthood, as well as measures (e.g., BOSA) that are used newly developed to support phenotyping assessments. 
  • Training and mastery on initial autism diagnostic evaluations and re-evaluations, with emphasis on how to use the evaluations to appropriately tailor and guide a child’s treatment and educational programming in a meaningful way, well-matched to the child’s needs and areas of strength. This will include mastery in writing comprehensive clinical reports and providing feedback in a co-constructive way to parents. 
  • Training and proficiency on manualized treatments that are utilized in both the autism clinical and research programs. To include but not be limited to Children’s Friendship Training (CFT), The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), Disruptive Behavior Parent Training for Autism: Rubi Autism Network, and Unstuck and On Target. 
  • Training on a wide range of evidence-based behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches to target the psychopathology often associated with autism. 

Across both years of the program, the fellow will receive individual and group supervision, as well as formal didactics. As an active member of the integrated clinical-research team in the autism center, the fellow will provide direct clinical care within the medical practice, assessment, and treatment on research protocols, including NIMH-funded research, and have opportunities to make contributions to the dissemination of research findings. 

In the first year, the fellow is expected to attain research reliability on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised, as well as attain treatment fidelity in at least one evidence based manualized intervention specific to ASD. The fellow will accrue supervised hours for clinical licensure eligibility in New York State by the end of year one. 

In the second year, the fellow will continue to receive advanced training while gaining increased independence within clinical caseloads and research responsibilities. This additional year of supervised training will allow the fellow to extend their treatment and phenotyping skillset while gaining a more sophisticated and comprehensive approach to the clinical practice of autism. Accordingly, the fellow will be expected to propose an elective related to their long-term career goals (e.g., manuscript, clinic treatment program development, community or professional presentation, or quality improvement project). Finally, attainment of a full clinical licensure in New York will allow for an increase in compensation and the opportunity for supervision of clinical externs and other junior staff members in the second year. Formal training and support on developing supervisory skills will be provided.

 Qualifications: 

  • The ideal candidate will possess exceptional clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, including experience with autism, related neurodevelopmental disorders and co-occurring conditions. 
  • Competitive candidates will have training and prior experience in psychological and neuropsychological assessment, in addition to behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and group based social skills interventions.  
  • Ph.D. or Psy.D degree from an APA-accredited program in clinical, counseling, or school psychology, or a related field.
  • Full completion of doctoral degree by the beginning of the post-doctoral fellowship. 
  • Successful completion of an APA-accredited internship. 
  • Flexibility to work hours to meet productivity goals and deadlines.
  • Team player and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Demonstrated professional attitude and ability to interface with senior management, clinicians, and staff. 

Application Details and Instructions 

Please upload your CV and cover letter during the application process. Only applications with a cover letter will be considered.

  • Cover letter (attention: Drs. Adriana DiMartino, Cynthia Martin, and Kenneth Schuster); 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • One psychological or neuropsychological sample testing report. 

CMI is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, visitors and volunteers.  As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees whose positions require them to be on site to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

 The Child Mind Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment based on race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex   stereotype, gender identity/gender expression/transgender (including whether or not you are transitioning or have transitioned) and sexual orientation; national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law [Vehicle Code section 12801.9]); ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information/characteristics, marital status/registered domestic partner status, age (40 and over), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.

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