Associate Psychologist, Learning and Development Center (LDC)

Organizational Summary
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Job Summary
The Child Mind Institute is currently accepting applications for a two-year clinical post-doctoral fellow in neuropsychology within our Learning and Development Center. This fellowship designed to prepare candidates for a successful career in child and adolescent neuropsychology.  Year one is a traditional post-doctoral fellowship consisting of individual and group supervision, training didactics and direct clinical care. If the candidate receives full licensure in year one, year two of the fellowship includes a 50% increase in compensation with increased independence, increased hours of direct clinical care, supervision of clinical externs, direct administrative support, and continued training and supervision.

This is a full-time, exempt position, located in our New York City headquarters, and offers a competitive salary and full benefits, as well as support for attending a conference or continuing education training.

The Learning and Development Center is one of four programs that comprise the clinical treatment services the Child Mind Institute. The Center is dedicated to giving children the tools and support they need to manage their learning, attentional, mood and behavioral difficulties in order to succeed in school. We provide state of the art neuropsychological and educational assessments, clear and comprehensive reports and recommendations, practical strategies to compensate for a child’s learning deficits, and monitoring of academic progress using evaluations and testing as a baseline to gauge future success. We evaluate complex cases in which children and individuals from ages 1-25 are reporting significant concerns about their adjustment to life in multiple settings.

Fellowship training focuses on a neurodevelopmental model of assessment, with experiences including clinical work, didactics, and exposure to research. Ideal candidates should possess exceptional clinical skills in the neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents who have learning and behavioral disorders and should have experience with educational advocacy and translating test results to school-based services. Fellows are expected to take a multidisciplinary approach to their work, drawing from a broad range of disciplines including clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, and developmental psychology.

Clinical training consists primarily of supervised neuropsychological evaluations of children and young adults with various neurological, psychiatric, and developmental disorders. Neuropsychological and educational assessments are comprehensive and involve intake, school observation, neuropsychological and educational evaluation, feedback to family, initial and follow-up contact with school, and a detailed written report. Additionally, fellows will be expected to carry several treatment cases that include cognitive remediation, organization skills training and individual or family treatment.

Didactics and Training Opportunities

As a component of the training experience, fellows will participate in a variety of learning experiences at the Child Mind Institute. Specifically, fellows will participate in seminars that broaden their understanding of neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric disorders, as well as in the use of neuropsychological measures and interpretation of data. They will attend multidisciplinary case conferences, monthly visiting professor lectures, and regular clinical meetings with center staff. Fellows will also be given the opportunity to supervise externs and volunteers and to give presentations at schools and local community organizations. Additionally, there will also be opportunities to collaborate with website writers on specific topics for the Child Mind Institute website and with other services within the Child Mind Institute.

Training is available for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R). Training may also be provided for other evidence-based interventions, including Parent Management Training (PMT), Brave Buddies, an intensive behavior treatment for Selective Mutism, organization skills, and writing remediation.

Supervision

Supervision is an important component of clinical training. Fellows are provided with weekly group neuropsychological testing case supervision, weekly treatment case supervision, supervision during intake and feedback sessions, and weekly meetings to discuss professional issues.

Primary Faculty

The Learning and Development Center staff includes neuropsychologists, education specialists, and a speech and language therapist. Center staff collaborates with psychologists, psychiatrists, and other staff from our multidisciplinary clinical team.  All staff are directly involved in training.

Matthew Cruger, PhD, Senior Director, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Alice Brandwein, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Kelly Janke, PhD, ABPP-CN, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Alexandra Nussbaum, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Laura Phillips, PsyD, ABPdN, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Susan J. Schwartz. MAEd, Educational Specialist

Adam Zamora, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist

Qualifications

  • PhD or PsyD degree from an APA-accredited program in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, or a related field
  • Full completion of doctoral degree by the beginning of the postdoctoral fellowship
  • Successful completion of an APA-accredited internship
  • Flexibility to work hours to meet productivity goals and deadlines
  • Team player and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Demonstrated professional attitude and ability to interface with senior management, clinicians and staff.

Application Details and Instructions

Click here to apply, and please submit the following:

  • Cover letter (attention: Drs. Kenneth Schuster and Matthew Cruger)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One psychological or neuropsychological sample testing report

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training, at Kenneth.Schuster@childmind.org.

The Child Mind Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Child Mind Institute, please visit www.childmind.org.