Position: Psychologist II, Child & Adolescent
The UC Davis MIND Institute is a research and clinical center whose mission involves awareness, understanding, prevention, care and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). We are committed to supporting children and families to address the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities and to do so in a manner that reduces disparities and ensures equitable access for members of our community. The MIND Institute houses 3 federally funded Center grants: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), and Autism Center of Excellence; and 3 federally funded training grants: Autism Research Training Program, Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Training Program, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) training program. The MIND Psychology Division also houses Clinical Psychology Training Programs for doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows.
The MIND Institute is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time clinical psychologist in the Massie Family Clinic. The clinic primarily serves pediatric patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs) and co-existing psychiatric conditions.
We are seeking candidates interested in conducting neurodevelopmental/psychological assessments and/or providing evidenced-based anxiety treatment for pediatric patients with NDDs including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Experience in these areas is strongly recommended.
We are invested in recruiting candidates whose training and professional/personal experience align with our mission and enhance our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff, our patients, and our local community. Experience evaluating and supporting gender-expansive youth is a plus.
The psychologist will primarily conduct evidence-based clinical assessment for patients (2 – 18 years) with suspected NDDs. A small portion of time will be dedicated to administering research assessments either through the MIND Institute IDDRC Clinical Translational Core or through a faculty member’s research grant. Opportunities for supervision and training are available based on candidates’ experience and interests.
Preferred 2+ years of experience providing cognitive and psychological assessments, differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and patient/family education. Proficiency in the administration and scoring of the Autism Diagnostic Observations Scheduled, Second Edition (ADOS-2), as well as cognitive, psychological, and neuropsychological assessment tools commonly used with pediatric populations.
The psychologist will also provide clinical support for our Social Skills Group Training program. Additional individual and group therapy responsibilities are determined based on interest and expertise.
- Social Skills Groups – The psychologist will co-lead evidenced based social skills group training for children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD and other neurodevelopmental concerns.
Experience with social skills training in a group setting is a plus.
Individual and Group Treatment for Anxiety – Based on interest and experience, the psychologist has an opportunity to join the MIND anxiety treatment team and conduct assessments focused on differential diagnosis of anxiety disorders, provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based on exposure/response prevention (EX/RP) for youth from toddlerhood through age 17, provide 1:1 supervision to intern and postdoctoral level trainees in the provision of CBT, and provide training and workshops to community providers and educators regarding the use of CBT strategies for youth with autism. In addition to individual therapy, the psychologist has opportunities to lead/co-lead a 14-week anxiety therapy group utilizing the Facing Your Fears program. Clinical care will focus primarily on youth with NDDs with anxiety but also includes typically developing patients.
Preferred 2+ years of experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, including EX/RP, to youth with and without autism. Preferred relevant experience in the provision of workshops/trainings/supervision to providers and educators related to applying CBT to young individuals affected by autism.
Ideal candidates have experience in both clinical assessment and CBT anxiety treatment; however, candidates with either type of experience will be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA/CPA accredited program, have completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency in related field. Must be licensed in the state of California upon starting the position.
More information is available at https://health.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/ourteam/mind-jobs.html