Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The CDD’s Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Training Year!

We offer Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral training in specialty areas including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH). The availability of positions in each specialty area is dependent on funding each training cycle. Postdoctoral fellowship positions are a two-year, full-time commitment.

We anticipate 2 positions for the ASD specialty area and 2 positions for the ECMH specialty area.

The mission of the UNM CDD postdoctoral fellowship program is:

  • To train individuals to function as well-rounded child psychologists with specialty clinical knowledge and experience within their chosen emphasis area
  • Fellows will acquire skills in advanced interdisciplinary practice and multicultural competence
  • Fellows will develop and deliver exemplary clinical service to children and families
  • Fellows will serve in leadership roles within their chosen specialty practice area

Training Model and Standards

The psychology postdoctoral program at the CDD adheres to a developmental and scientific-practitioner model of training. The core curriculum of the program is based upon the missions of the CDD and the UNM School of Medicine. We will follow the 2017 Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines for posting and offering positions. For information about the CDD’s fellowship programs on the APPIC website, please visit


A core component of the Psychology Fellowship Program is enrollment and completion of the New Mexico Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (NM LEND). This certificate program prepares the next generation of policy makers, faculty, clinicians and researchers to lead the maternal and child health work force. All LEND trainees complete a set of requirements in the areas of interdisciplinary leadership, clinical, research, family, and public policy.

NM LEND Seminars occur Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters on topics related to neurodevelopmental disabilities, leadership, research, public health, and family-centered and culturally competent care at the Center for Development & Disability. For more information and descriptions regarding LEND curriculum and activities, visit

Sylvia J. Acosta, PhD

Director of Postdoctoral Psychology Training

(505) 272-4725