Monday, July 15, 2013

Penn State Hershey’s Department of Psychiatry, Hershey, PA, USA - 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Division of Autism at Penn State Hershey’s Department of Psychiatry is searching for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the team. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to an ongoing Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare-funded project, the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training (ASERT) Collaborative. The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities and other providers that aim to connect existing resources and pockets of expertise and address the regional gaps in effective services and supports.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be based at the Central ASERT Collaborative at Penn State Hershey. He/she will be instrumental in implementing applied clinical research, including projects examining efficacy of social skills programming for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, the postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for direct patient care in an outpatient setting. This clinical work will include diagnostic/psychological assessments for adolescents and adults with ASD, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adolescents and adults with comorbid anxiety and ASD.

The individual will be involved in mentoring/supervising research technicians, graduate students, and pre-doctoral psychology interns and will work with a multidisciplinary team including various mental health professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers). Length of position: 2 years. Education required: PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology.

Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position: Background in and knowledge/experience in ASDs, psychological assessment, and CBT, as well as familiarity with relevant programs for statistical analysis, such as SPSS. The candidate is expected to: 1) participate in planning, designing, and conducting research under the direction of the grant PI, 2) analyze research data and provide interpretations, 3) contribute to the development of research documentation for publication, and 4) provide direct patient care to individuals with ASD. Interested candidates should contact Amanda Pearl, PhD ( to apply or for further information.