Postdoctoral Fellow Position (Austim Focus - Clinical)- Department of Health Psychology, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2021


School of Health Professions
Department of Health Psychology




Position:  The Department of Health Psychology and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri-Columbia are seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position.  The Postdoctoral Fellowship is a one-year position (with the possibility of a 2nd year) with a start date on or around July 1, 2022. Children seen include those with neurotrauma and other neurodevelopmental disorders, though the emphasis is on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. The postdoc will participate in interdisciplinary health care diagnostic teams, supervision within a tiered model, and a wide variety of clinical and didactic opportunities to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of ASD. This position is funded through the Thompson Center.


Setting: Research and clinical training activities will occur primarily at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri.  The Thompson Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to research, training, and service innovations to improve the lives of individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  The Thompson Center is a unique collaboration of colleges and schools that brings together experts from numerous departments across the University of Missouri campus to expand research and services for children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.  The Thompson Center integrates research, teaching, and service in one central location. Clinical services provided at the Thompson Center currently include medicine, neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, applied behavioral analysis, psychiatry, and education. For additional information about the School of Health Professions and the Thompson Center, please visit the following websites: and


The University of Missouri ( is the first public university west of the Mississippi River, is a major land-grant institution, and is Missouri's largest public research university.  The University of Missouri is located in Columbia, a progressive community with a population of $100,000+ residents consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.  Located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City and 30 miles from the state capital in Jefferson City, the city boasts a range of cultural and recreational opportunities, affordable housing, a moderate cost of living, and excellent schools. For more information about Columbia, see


Primary Activities: This postdoctoral training experience will include clinical activities focused on children with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders.  Clinical activities will include participation in psychological and interdisciplinary evaluations and some intervention with children presenting with a wide array of difficulties, with the majority of clinical work focused on autism spectrum disorders. The fellow may also have opportunities for leading multi-disciplinary evaluations and supervision of less experienced clinicians (e.g., practicum students). The fellow will also be supported in taking the EPPP exam and meeting other licensure requirements.


Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or related degree from an APA-accredited doctoral program.


Candidates will be evaluated on: experience with children with autism spectrum disorders, testing and experience with the Autism Diagnostic, and Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS-2) and/or the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).  


Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience for the applicant, with a starting salary of $47,476.00. 


Application: Applicants for the position should send the following:

1. Letter of interest

2. Current Curriculum Vita

3. Graduate Transcripts (unofficial)

4. Three letters of reference/recommendation

5. Clinical work sample


Deadline: December 1, 2021

Review of Applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Direct applications and questions to: 

Connie M. Brooks, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor

Director of TIPS, Missouri LEND

Director of Health Professions, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

205 Portland Street

Columbia, MO  65211

[email protected]

(573) 884-5562


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