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#119528 Autism Research Psychologist

Extended Deadline: Fri 12/16/2022

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This posting shall remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.


The UCSD Autism Center is a state-of-the-art multimodal autism research facility. The Center applies psychometric testing, MRI/fMRI, DNA/RNA analysis, eye tracking and multiple other paradigms to the study of autism throughout the lifespan but has a particular emphasis on the infancy and early childhood periods. The Autism Center is part of the UCSD School of Medicine and offers a rich interdisciplinary environment.

Under general direction of the Principal Investigator, serve as Research Psychologist for two NIH funded studies on bio behavioral markers for infants at-risk for autism and outcome markers at school age. Position requires a full individual with a Doctorate in psychology or related field who will perform the diagnosis and psychometric testing of children and adults with autism as well as psychometric testing of normal control subjects, approximately 8-10 testing sessions per week. The full-time position may additionally involve conducting research experiments related to the study and participation in research protocol development for various projects. In collaboration with other senior staff, the Research Psychologist will assist in develop new diagnostic methods and new behavioral assessments and characterization methods aimed at elucidating the behavioral phenotype in toddlers with autism. The incumbent may also assist in the development of new methods for identification and recruitment of infants and toddlers with ASD.

Other duties involve supervising the activities of Ph.D. students or non-licensed psychologists working towards their clinical licensure. The applicant must have at least 3-years clinical experience with children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including experience with assessments and writing reports. Incumbent will also work well with research staff and families of children who are developing typically and those with possible Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Incumbent will be involved in preparing manuscripts including summarizing data and assisting with reports to the funding agency. Preferred qualifications include: clinical experience with children with autism as well as typically developing children (can be in the area of treatment); knowledge and experience with diagnosing autism using research tools such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; experience in IQ and developmental testing using tools such as the Mullen Scales of Early Learning and WASI. Bilingual (English/Spanish) not required but a plus.


  • A Ph.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology and at least three (3) years experience in clinical psychology; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Current license as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of California.

  • Proven ability to develop scientific documents from collected data and present findings at scientific and educational venues.

  • Demonstrated supervisory experience with students and/or other psychologists.

  • Thorough knowledge of basic psychological science.

  • Demonstrated experience in experimental design and statistics.

  • Thorough knowledge of psychodiagnostic procedures and tests, including ADI-R, ADOS, and Mullen Scales of Early Learning.

  • Proven theoretical and experiential knowledge of autism.

  • Experience in research setting, particularly working with children and adults with autism, and presenting to groups.

  • Knowledge of current laws, procedures and ethical principles that govern the practice of psychology, including services suggested or information disclosed by telephone.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population. Experience to communicate findings, recommendations, referrals, and general information clearly and effectively to multidisciplinary research teams.

  • Proficient experience with operation of PC using word processing and database programs, a variety of web-based programs, internet and email. Ability to maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, and learn new programs/applications with minimal direction.


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish with demonstrated experience to interview, perform psychological assessment and psychodiagnoses, and plan and implement a variety of case dispositions in Spanish.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have a valid CA driver's license and acceptable driving record and access to reliable transportation for occasional offsite assessments.
  • Must be flexible to work occasional weekends and evenings as required to accommodate parents' schedules.
  • Successful candidate will be required to receive training and reliability-certification on the ADOS.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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