November 12, 2014

2 Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions at University of Missouri

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION (Position 1)
Position:  The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and The Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia are dedicated to promoting research, teaching and service innovations designed to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurological conditions. The Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Thompson Center is a one-year position, with the possibility of extending to a 2-year position. Start date will be on or around August 1, 2015. Children seen include those with neurotrauma and other neurodevelopmental disorders, though the emphasis is on children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Training is also provided in other important professional skills, such as interdisciplinary practice, grant writing, advocacy, and public policy.
Setting: The Thompson Center (http://thompsoncenter.missouri.edu/) is a unique collaboration of colleges and schools that brings together experts from numerous departments across the MU (http://www.missouri.edu/) campus to expand autism research and to provide services for children/youth affected by autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The Thompson Center seeks to integrate research, teaching, and service in one central location. Clinical services provided at the Thompson Center currently include medicine, neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, and education. The University of Missouri and the Thompson Center are located in Columbia, which is situated in central Missouri. The University of Missouri-Columbia, the first public university west of the Mississippi River, is a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university.
Primary Activities: The postdoctoral fellowship combines research and clinical activities at the Thompson Center. Clinically, the fellow will participate in neuropsychological and interdisciplinary evaluations of children who present with a wide array of difficulties. Approximately 50% of the clinical work will have an emphasis in Autism. The fellow will also have training responsibilities including supervising pre-doctoral interns. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in ongoing research projects, including writing and publishing scientific articles. One day per week, the fellow will participate in the LEND interdisciplinary program (http://www.tips4kids.org/).
 
 
Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in clinical child psychology or related degree from an APA-accredited doctoral program. Experience with children with autism spectrum disorders is of benefit.
 
Salary & Benefits: This position has an annual full-time salary of approximately $39,000.  Health benefits, twenty days of vacation, two weeks for professional development and paid holidays are included.
 
Application: Applicants for the position should send the following:
1. Letter of interest
2. Graduate Transcripts
2. Current Curriculum Vita
3. Three letters of reference/recommendation
4. Clinical work sample
 
Deadline: February 28, 2015.
 
Direct applications and questions to:             
Constance Brooks, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Health Psychology
Division Director, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Thompson Center
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO  65211


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION (AUTISM FOCUS-CLINICAL) (Position 2)
 
Position:  The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position.  The Postdoctoral Fellowship is a one-year position with a start date on or around August 1, 2015, although an earlier start may be negotiable. Children seen include those with neurotrauma and other neurodevelopmental disorders, though the emphasis is on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Training is also provided in other important professional skills, such as interdisciplinary practice, advocacy, and public policy. This position is funded through the Thompson Center.
 
Setting: Research and clinical training activities will occur primarily at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri.  The Thompson Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to research, training, and service innovations to improve the lives of individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders (http://thompsoncenter.missouri.edu/). The Thompson Center is a unique collaboration of colleges and schools that brings together experts from numerous departments across the University of Missouri campus to expand research and services for children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.  The Thompson Center integrates research, teaching, and service in one central location. Clinical services provided at the Thompson Center currently include medicine, neuropsychology, pediatric psychology, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, applied behavioral analysis, and education.
 
The University of Missouri (http://www.missouri.edu/) is the first public university west of the Mississippi River, is a major land-grant institution, and is Missouri's largest public research university.  The University of Missouri is located in Columbia, a progressive community with a population of $100,000+ residents consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.  Located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City and 30 miles from the state capital in Jefferson City, the city boasts a range of cultural and recreational opportunities, affordable housing, a moderate cost of living, and excellent schools. For more information about Columbia, see http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/
 
Primary Activities: This postdoctoral training experience will include clinical activities focused on children with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders.  Clinical activities will include participation in psychological and interdisciplinary evaluations and some intervention with children presenting with a wide array of difficulties, with the majority of clinical work focused on autism spectrum disorders. The fellow may also have opportunities for lead of multi-disciplinary evaluations, supervision of less experienced clinicians (e.g., practicum students)
 
Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or related degree from an APA-accredited doctoral program. Experience with children with autism spectrum disorders is of benefit.
 
Application: Applicants for the position should send the following:
1. Letter of interest
2. Current Curriculum Vita
3. Graduate Transcripts
4. Three letters of reference/recommendation
5. Clinical work sample
 
Review of Applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
 
Direct applications and questions to: 
Connie M. Brooks, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Psychology
Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO  65211

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