Postdoctoral Fellow Psychology (Neuropsychology)

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Rockville, Maryland-Rockville
May 20, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Full Time
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children's National Hospital is currently recruiting a full-time postdoctoral fellow specializing in autism spectrum disorders for a recently funded R01 hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial. This project tests the effectiveness of a school based executive function intervention for transition-age youth with ASD and simultaneously examines implementation outcomes and contextual factors influencing implementation using mixed-methods approaches. Appointments will be made for one year, with a second year re-appointment expected and third year re-appointment possible based on review of the fellow's progress.

Fellowship Description

This project is funded through the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH124772; PI Pugliese). The start date of the fellowship is flexible but can be as early as February 2021. Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Assisting with school and participant recruitment and retention
  • Conducting participant assessments and diagnostic confirmation (ADOS-2)
  • Performing school-based interventionist fidelity assessments
  • Conducting semi-structured interviews with interventionists
  • Assisting with training and supervising research staff
  • Assisting with mixed-methods data analysis, including coding interview transcripts
  • Manuscript preparation and submission to peer reviewed academic journals
  • Presentation of findings at professional conferences

The fellow will benefit from access to broader training opportunities within CASD alongside clinical fellows. There is a potential to obtain supervised professional experience hours for psychology licensure both via study assessments and supervised diagnostic and developmental assessment and treatment opportunities within the broader neuropsychology department.

About CASD

CASD is the largest multidisciplinary pediatric autism program in the Washington, D.C., region. Our mission is to excel in care, advocacy, research, and education through:
  • Providing a quality health care experience for our patients and families through a coordinated program of state-of the-art clinical services
  • Improving health outcomes for children regionally, nationally, and internationally by educating the next generation of clinicians in best practices for autism evaluation, diagnosis and treatment
  • Creating innovative solutions to pediatric health challenges by conducting research that includes and reflects the neuro-diverse population we serve

Embracing neurodiversity and welcoming autistic individuals as collaborators, research trainees, students and staff members


Minimum Education
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or PsyD in accredited program, or all doctoral requirements completed (including dissertation successfully defended and predoctoral clinical internship successfully completed) within 90 days of date of hire. (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
3 years (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Training in evidenced-based psychological interventions.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Register with District of Columbia for supervision by licensed psychologist as requirement toward licensure. .
Two thousand hours post-degree
conferral required prior to obtaining license in D.C. (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities
Customer Service

  • Provide caregiver guidance and psychotherapy to youth and their families.

  • Complete psychological evaluations of youth and consult with family members, educational advocates and schools as needed.
  • Provide mental health consultation to patients and their medical providers.

Teamwork/ Communication

  • Contribute to multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive care to clients.

  • Document services performed in the EMR systems.
  • Collect data as needed for program.
  • Participate in grant reporting requirements.

Problem Solving

  • Work with team to ensure compliance with grant expectations and requirements.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Commitment/Identification

  • Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization

  • Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times

Customer Service

  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior

  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

  • Contribute to a positive work environment

  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

  • Use resources efficiently

  • Search for less costly ways of doing things


  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance

  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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