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Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Job Summary 

The Drexel University A.J. Drexel Autism Institute (AJDAI) is accepting applications for a 2-year Psychology postdoctoral fellowship position. The Autism Institute’s mission is to pioneer research to better understand autism and drive impactful change in our communities and worldwide. The postdoctoral fellow will develop a tailored training plan to meet their specific training goals in collaboration with faculty and staff across the AJDAI’s clinical and outreach cores and the various research program areas. Additional information about AJDAI is available at

Essential Functions 

The emphasis of the fellowship is to train the next generation of scientist-practitioners to provide assessments, therapeutic interventions, and program development in the community for autistic individuals and their families, including:

  • Active participation in AJDAI Clinical Core as part of both diagnostic assessment and interventions teams for individuals with ASD. This involves conducting clinical work with individuals and/or families, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Activities will include collecting assessment measures, scoring, interpreting, providing oral and written feedback, and delivering evidence-based interventions as part of interdisciplinary teams including clinical psychologists, school psychologists, and behavior analysts.
  • Consultation and program development with community providers, schools, and with members of interdisciplinary clinical and research teams. Projects may also offer opportunities for experiences in home and community settings.
  • Participation in school consultation under the supervision of a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, including Functional Behavior Assessments, development and delivery of training to school staff, and development of programming. BACB supervision available to candidates who have completed required coursework.
  • Opportunity to receive specialized training in evidence-based tools & approaches, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), and the Research Units in Behavioral Intervention (RUBI) Parent Coaching model.
  • Participation in clinical research is encouraged and will be tailored to the fellow’s goals. This can include protected time to participate in ongoing mentored research projects with faculty in AJDAI’s main program areas (Early Detection & Intervention, Life Course Outcomes, Modifiable Risk Factors, and the Policy, Analytics, and Community) and/or involvement in our Autism Centers of Excellence award from the National Institutes of Health: “Public Health and Autism Science advancing Equitable Strategies across the life course” (PHASES) grant.  
  • Participation in didactics to enhance the fellow’s training and professional development, including individual and group supervision, case conferences, research seminars, and opportunities to provide clinical feedback to more junior clinicians, such as undergraduate/graduate student trainees and medical students.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a background in the assessment of ASD and the application of evidenced-based intervention approaches for young children. Strong applicants will be highly motivated to increase both their professional skills and knowledge in providing evidence-based and family centered care, and interacting successfully with those from diverse cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. A strong commitment to promoting equity in research, as well as clinical practice, is required. Bilingual and all other qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications 

  • PhD in clinical or school psychology, degree conferred by September 2023
  • Prior training and experience providing clinical services to individuals with developmental disabilities


University City, Philadelphia, PA 

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of I. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, 

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

  • Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter specifying clinical and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to: .The fellowship stipend is commensurate with the standard National Institutes of Health rate and is eligible for benefits. The fellowship is designed as a two-year position, but those interested in a focused, one-year position may also be considered.
  • Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date for this fellowship is flexible but no sooner than July 1, 2023.

Please direct questions to Dr. Elisabeth Sheridan, Associate Professor/Director of AJDAI Clinical Core:

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