Thursday, December 29, 2011

ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development, Melville, NY, USA - 1 postdoctoral fellowship in Autism spectrum and related disorders.

ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development, Melville, NY, Long Island: ASPIRE Center invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning between July 2012 and September 2012. Professional activities include participating as a member of a dynamic multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation team, conducting psychological, adaptive, and behavioral assessments, providing individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy for youth, adolescents, and young adults, providing parent training and consultations, co-leading community-based outings, consulting to schools, and offering community-based workshops and trainings. Fellows receive advanced clinical training and supervision towards licensure in evidenced based assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum and related disorders in the context of a multidisciplinary clinic serving clients and their families. License eligibility is expected after 1 year. Strong emphasis is placed on development of fellow's skills in assessment, treatment, consultation and supervision.

Postdoctoral fellows assume a variety of administrative and program development responsibilities, and have the opportunity to supervise graduate trainees in psychology and mental health counseling. A rich didactic seminar program is an important part of the fellowship. Opportunities may also exist for conducting applied research, and presenting at conferences. Specific activities will be determined with the fellow to match his/her career goals. ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development is a privately-owned clinic in Melville, NY with licensed psychologists, social workers, special educators, and speech-language pathologists. ASPIRE is an outpatient assessment, treatment, consultation, and training program that provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical services to individuals from infancy through adulthood. ASPIRE specializes in autism spectrum and other social learning disorders, in addition to working with youth and families facing issues related to anxiety, mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and cognitive impairments.

Clinical staff at ASPIRE have established an international reputation for their work with females with ASDs, on developing mental health interventions, and offering adult Aspergers diagnostic evaluations. Dr. Nichols, Dr. Tetenbaum, and Ms. Moravcik authored the bestselling book Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum, and Dr. Nichols is a co-author of the family-based group intervention program Facing Your Fears: Group Therapy for Managing Anxiety in Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders/ ASPIRE opened in June 2010, and is excited to provide services to individuals, families, and professionals in a unique, serene setting. The mission of ASPIRE is to be an international Center of Excellence in the areas of: • Innovative Clinical Service • Program Consultation • Community Education and Resources • Training of Professionals • Clinical Research and Scholarship • Advocacy Our focus is in the development and implementation of a lifespan continuum of services for children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

For more information see our website: Long Island, NY, only an hour from Manhattan and within a short drive to both North and South Shore beaches, is a vibrant suburban community with diverse cultural, sports, dining and recreational opportunities. Professional qualifications include: • a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (APA accredited preferred) • completion of an APA approved internship (preferred) • extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders • training in CBT for youth and adolescents We are looking for energetic, intellectually curious, and creative applicants who are interested in working towards establishing evidence-based practices in exciting new areas in the field. Applications are reviewed and interviews are granted on a rolling admissions basis. Stipend 30-32K with benefits. This is a unique one-year postdoctoral fellowship with possible opportunities for a second year. For 2012/2013 there is one position available. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email or fax letter of interest, curriculum vitae, two de-identified assessment reports, two de-identified treatment plans, three letters of recommendation, and representative reprints/preprints (if applicable) to:

Shana Nichols, Ph.D., Director
ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
63 Old East Neck Road Melville, NY 11747
Tel: 631-923-0923
Fax: 631-923-0924
Our Book on Girls with ASDs: [Link]
Our group treatment package for anxiety and ASDs: [Link]