Autism Program Director - Institute on Development and Disability (IDD), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018


The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) within the Department of Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) invites applications for the position of Autism Program Director.

About The Program: The IDD Autism Program incorporates service, scholarship, and teaching consistent with the mixed mission of OHSU. The program provides over 500 multidisciplinary assessments annually for individuals referred with a question of autism spectrum disorder, in addition to treatment and consultation services. As a referral center for the entire region, the clinic population is diverse, with approximately 20% of families being of non-white race, 20% being of Latino ethnicity, and a large majority using public insurance.

The Autism Program has a long history of collaboration in cross-institutional research projects (e.g., genetics, neuroimaging, computational lingustics, public health) and involvement in large national projects (e.g., Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, SPARK). Scholarship occurs through clinic-specific endeavors (e.g., patient registries), as well as via collaborations of researchers within and outside the Department of Pediatrics, including the Departments of Psychiatry, Molecular and Medical Genetics, Behavioral Neuroscience, and others. Autism-focused research is a major emphasis area of the Department of Pediatrics' recently developed 10-year strategic plan, and efforts are underway to establish an OHSU Autism Center of Excellence.

Teaching through the Autism Program consists primarily of clinical education. Trainees from a multitude of medical and allied health professions complete clinical rotations through the program. Opportunities for teaching within and outside of OHSU exist through lectures, CEU/CME, and community events. Finally, advocacy and community partnership is an important component of the Autism Program. Family centered care is prioritized through ongoing relationships and shared programs with community partners (e.g., Camp Odakoda ASD summer camps, Autism Society of Oregon Welcome Project).

About IDD and OHSU: The IDD has a 100+ year history of advancing knowledge to improve the lives of those with disabilities and special health needs. The Institute includes a robust clinical enterprise; a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; extensive training initiatives, including a federally funded interdisciplinary training program as well as several accredited discipline-specific training programs; Oregon's Title V program for youth with special health needs; Oregon's Office on Disability and Health; and several other centers and programs.

OHSU is one of over 100 academic health centers in the nation and the only one in Oregon. The institution comprises 5 primary schools-Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and the newly established School of Public Health. These schools, in combination with research centers and institutes, create one of the leading academic health and research centers in the nation. OHSU receives more than $350 million each year in outside funding for sponsored projects. Most of these funds are from the National Institutes of Health.

Duties of Position: The incoming Program Director will provide leadership by contributing to the mixed mission of OHSU. Importantly, the successful candidate will strengthen partnerships between researchers and clinicians by both establishing a line of clinical research and supporting scholarly activities related to autism and associated conditions through collaborations with other leaders in autism research. To promote critical linkage between clinical and research endeavors, the incoming director will provide patient care through the clinical arm of the program. Further, the successful candidate will maintain and build new relationships with community partners (e.g., Autism Society of Oregon). Time devoted to each activity will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Qualifications: We are seeking a professional with a strong clinical research emphasis, proven track record of securing extramural funding, excellent clinical skills, and demonstrated leadership. As such, candidates at the Associate Professor level may be most competitive. This position is open to individuals with doctoral degrees of various professional backgrounds (e.g., psychology, speech-language pathology, developmental pediatrics). Must be licensed in Oregon or license-eligible and able to attain privileges at OHSU.

How to Apply: OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a Curriculum Vitae detailing accomplishments, and three letters of reference from colleagues who can speak to one's qualifications consistent with position duties.

To apply, please access the OHSU Human Resources webpage. Applicants will be able to find the position by entering IRC73448 into the search field on

For further information about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Kurt A. Freeman, PhD, ABPP
Director, Institute on Development & Disability
Fred Fax Endowed Professor of Pediatrics
503 494-0360