Yale Child Study Center Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship

Autism Specialty Track

The APA accredited internship at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC) was founded by Sara Sparrow, PhD in 1977. In 1989, the program expanded from a one year generalist training program to a two year program. In 2004, the program reorganized to support specialization within the Autism program, in addition to three other areas of strength within the Center. All interns and postdoctoral Fellows, regardless of area of specialization, develop general clinical skills in hospital and community-based mental health service delivery models. They receive their doctorate at the end of the first year of training and, through continued supervised clinical training in the second year, meet licensure requirements in most states.

Through training in (1) treatment and diagnosis of a wide range of psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings, (2) diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders, and (3) research on Autism, it is our goal to produce highly trained scientist-practitioners who remain committed to improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders through service, research, and teaching.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants are recruited from across the United States through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) online application process from clinical, counseling, or school psychology programs meeting American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation standards. All candidates must have a plan to complete the doctoral degree before the beginning of their second year of fellowship.

To apply:
Applications are usually due in the first week of November each year and are submitted through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) online application process, which may be accessed at www.appic.org, click on "AAPI Online". The starting date for the fellowship is July 1 each year and requires a two year commitment.

For more information:
Please see the Yale Child Study Center Psychology Fellowship webpage.
Questions regarding the psychology fellowship should be addressed to Michele.Goyette-Ewing@yale.edu.

Yale Autism Program Postdoctoral Positions

In addition to the APA accredited Internship/Postdoctoral Fellowship at the YCSC, the Autism Program has a long history of postdoctoral positions in psychology with both clinical and research focuses. Several subsequent fellowships were funded by the National Alliance for Autism Research (now Autism Speaks), beginning with the Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D. Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research awarded to our own Dr. Tsatsanis in 1999.

The Yale Child Study Center also offers the NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders for interdisciplinary investigators in the field of child psychiatry, where fellows have the option of specializing in autism research. This two-year program is designed to provide patient-oriented research training to an interdisciplinary group of postdoctoral fellows interested in a broad range of scientific disciplines relevant to childhood-onset neurobiological disorders. Fellows within this program who chose to focus their research on autism spectrum and related disorders have included Drs. Klin, Dimitropoulous, Sukhodolsky, Robins, Bearss, Shic, & Westphal.

Over the past 10 years, our program has grown exponentially, resulting in an increasing number of postdoctoral fellows joining our group to gain expertise in a wide range of areas, including clinical & diagnostic evaluation, treatment, neuro-imaging, eye tracking, early detection, social cognition, infant & toddler development, adolescent & adult issues, evidence-based practices, and phenotypic expression across development. Many of the professionals who have come through our postdoctoral programs have gone on to become leading clinicians, researchers, and professors in the field of autism and related disorders. In fact, 8 of these former fellows are currently integral members of the Yale faculty.

Past and Current Postdoctoral Fellows & Associates that have specialized within the Autism Program:

NameFellowship YearsGraduate ProgramJob Title
Ami Klin, Ph.D.1989-1992University of London, UK

Chief of Autism and Related Disorders
Marcus Autism Center Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

Katherine Tsatsanis, Ph.D.1999-2001University of Windsor
Clinical Neuropsychology
Associate Research Scientist
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Kasia Chawarska, Ph.D.2000-2002Yale University
Developmental & Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Cheryl Klaiman, Ph.D.2001-2002McGill University
Clinical Psychology
Licensed Psychologist
Children's Health Council
Clinical Researcher
Department of Psychiatry
Stanford University
Denis Sukhodolsky, PhD..2000-2003Hofstra University
Clinical Psychology
Associate Research Scientist
Yale Child Study Center
Yale University School of Nursing
Celine Saulnier, Ph.D.2002-2004University of Connecticut
Clinical Psychology
Clinical Director for Research
Marcus Autism Center
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Anastasia Dimitropoulos, Ph.D.2002-2004Vanderbilt University
Developmental Psychology
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Case Western Reserve University
Diana Robins, Ph.D.2002-2004University of Connecticut
Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
Melissa Allen, Ph.D.2003-2005New York University & Harvard University
Developmental Psychology
Associate Professor (Lecturer)
Department of Psychology
Lancaster University, UK
Karen Bearss, Ph.D.2004-2007University of Florida
Clinical & Health Psychology
Assistant Professor
Marcus Autism Center
Emory University School of Medicine
Julie Wolf, Ph.D.2005-2007University of Connecticut
Clinical Psychology
Associate Research Scientist
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Judith Danovitch, Ph.D.2005-2008Yale University
Developmental Psychology
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Michigan State University
Suzanne Macari, Ph.D.2006-2008University of Virginia
Developmental Psychology
Associate Research Scientist
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Linda Quirmbach, Ph.D.2007-2009California School of Professional Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Staff Psychologist
Center for Autism Research & Treatment
University of California, Los Angeles
Amanda Mossman Steiner, Ph.D.2008-2010University of California, Santa Barbara
Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
Postdoctoral Associate
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Tina Goldsmith, Ph.D., BCBA2008-2010Western Michigan University
Clinical Psychology
Postdoctoral Associate
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Brian Reichow, Ph.D.2008-2010Vanderbilt University
Special Education
Research Director
A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research
University of Connecticut
Frederick Shic, Ph.D.2008-2010Yale University
Computer Science
Assistant Professor
Autism Program
Yale Child Study Center
Alexander Westphal, M.D., Ph.D.
2008-2010Brown University School of Medicine
Yale University Investigative Medicine
Hilibrant Fellow
Child Neuroscience Lab
Yale Child Study Center