Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

New Mexico Children's Program

Supervising Psychologists: Sylvia Acosta, PhD and Courtney Burnette, PhD

Program Description:  The New Mexico Indian Children’s Program (ICP) provides family-centered, community-based services to Native American children with developmental disabilities, from birth through 18 years of age. ICP provides services to 19 Pueblos, the Navajo and Apache tribes, within the State of New Mexico. Children may receive services either through direct services to families (child evaluation or behavioral consultation), professional training, and technical assistance. ICP services are provided at no cost to families and are offered as supplemental services to other community agencies that lack resources to provide needed services. The New Mexico ICP is funded by the Indian Health Service and belongs to a consortium of three universities: Northern Arizona University, Utah State University, and University of New Mexico. The New Mexico ICP is housed at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics, Center for Development and Disability, Leadership, Education, and Clinical Operations Division.  The UNM ICP Program Manager is Christine Vining, M.S., CCC-SLP.  For more information, visit the website:
Rotation Description: This rotation includes participating in specialized interdisciplinary evaluation to provide differential diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Team members may include a clinical psychologist, speech and language pathologist, and social worker depending on the child’s needs and psychology fellow’s experience. The team provides a complete written report to the family and to the referring agency. This is an opportunity to learn about interdisciplinary collaboration with Indian Health Service, pediatricians, local schools, and community agencies providing services to Native American families. The psychology fellow will be expected to contribute to written reports including test results and interpretation, as well as assist in formulation of diagnostic impressions and intervention recommendations.
Important Rotation Details:  This experience is offered based on the clinician’s availability for day-long evaluation or for outreach clinics which are typically two to three days with overnight travel. This rotation involves car travel throughout the state of New Mexico. Evaluations typically occur in the family’s home, community agencies, or the child’s school. The psychology fellow will be with the supervising psychologist at all times. All travel will be in a University vehicle, at no cost to the fellow. Many locations involve driving long distances and have early departure and late return times. This rotation and is best suited for a fellow seeking further experience in rural outreach clinical service and cultural considerations of differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders with Native American families across New Mexico.