Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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General Description

The Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorder within the UNM Center for Development and Disability (CDD) provides a specialized training experience to develop advanced skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Fellows provide a range of evidence based and best practice psychological services to children who have ASD, their families, and the community of providers who are working with them. By the completion of the two year, full-time training experience, fellows become well-rounded child clinical psychologists with specialty clinical knowledge and experience within ASD. A postdoctoral fellow’s skills, interests, and learning goals are assessed at the beginning of the training, and an individual development plan is developed in conjunction with the fellow, the training director, and primary supervisors. The fellowship program is designed to achieve an integration of competencies across the following major domains of knowledge and practice areas: Assessment, Intervention, Consultation and Interdisciplinary Relationships, and Professionalism. 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.

Fellows will be trained in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of ASD and the use of evidence-based practices for intervention services tailored to the individual needs children and families affected by ASD. Intervention services will vary according to the fellow’s previous experiences, identified areas of interest and availability of experience. Partnership with communities and local service providers is another important area of professional practice and fellows may conduct a number of community trainings in a variety of modalities with different audiences.