Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorder - University of New Mexico Center for Development & Disability

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

General DescriptionThe postdoctoral psychology fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Center for Development and Disability (CDD) is designed to provide a specialized training experience in a range of evidence-based and best practice clinical services to children who have ASD, their families, and community providers. The fellowship program is a two year, full-time training experience. By the end of the two years, fellows are expected to be well-rounded child clinical psychologists with specialized training within ASD. The fellowship program is designed to integrate competencies across the following five major domains of knowledge and practice: Assessment, Intervention, Teaching and Consultation, Interdisciplinary Relationships and Professionalism. Research activities may also be incorporated depending on availability. Each fellow's activities are organized within their emphasis area of ASD, together with participation in Clinical and Leadership Education activities across the CDD and the UNM Health Sciences Center.

The ASD track fellow will acquire advanced skills in differential diagnosis of ASD. Each fellow will also acquire skills in specific intervention services tailored to the individual needs of the child with ASD. Partnership with communities and local service providers is another important area of professional practice and the fellow may conduct a number of community trainings or provide consultation/technical assistance about ASD in a variety of modalities with diverse audiences.
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) ProgramA core component of the psychology fellowship program is completion of the New Mexico Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (NM LEND) at the CDD. The certificate program offers graduate and post-graduate leadership training in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. NM LEND long-term trainees complete 300 hours or more of interdisciplinary curriculum, including didactic seminars, leadership training and project development, mentored clinical experiences, research, family/trainee experiences and hands-on training in public policy. NM LEND Seminars occur Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information and descriptions regarding LEND curriculum and activities, visit

Anticipated Start Date: September 4, 2018

Application Deadline: For best consideration, please apply by January 5, 2018.

Sylvia J. Acosta, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Postdoctoral Psychology Training

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