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Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders

We offer a one year, full time fellowship at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD), with the option to extend another year based on fellow interest. We value trainee diversity, cultural competence, and ability to contribute to our work with diverse and underserved populations. We are deeply committed to training, which combines clinical, didactic and research activities to prepare you for a career in clinical-academic psychology. We provide focused experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions across age and abilities. The fellow will also participate in weekly didactics, case conferences and individual and group supervision. We offer protected time (minimum 20%) for mentored research activities.

CASD is a part of the Division of Neuropsychology at Children’s National Hospital serving over 3,000 patients annually, drawing from across the region and internationally. CASD specializes in evaluation, treatment and advocacy for children with autism spectrum disorders. Children of all ages are seen in multidisciplinary teams and treatment programs. We offer training at the externship, internship and post-doctoral levels. Services are provided by psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, neurodevelopmental pediatrics and speech and language pathology. CASD has an active research program, with many clinicians involved in funded research, receiving $5.6 million of translational research funding.

Our research focuses on:

  • The development and evaluation of autism specific treatments
  • Addressing disparities in access to care by delivering school-based interventions and providing professional mentoring to embedded psychologists in primary care settings and community providers by hosting ECHO Autism clinics
  • Identifying and supporting executive function challenges
  • Embracing neurodiversity and welcoming autistic individuals as collaborators and trainees
  • Investigating autism in females and transgender/gender diverse individuals as an NIMH Autism Center of Excellence.

CASD serves families at regional outpatient centers in Maryland and DC with a broad catchment area as a tertiary care center, spanning several states in the mid-Atlantic. CASD is a participating site in the Autism & Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network for the state of Maryland. Our clinic serves a culturally and clinically diverse population, ranging from toddlers to young adults, and presenting with varying cognitive ability and a wide range of cooccurring clinical and medical conditions.

More About Our Fellowship


Our training program is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our fellows while continuing our high-level training and breadth of training opportunities. We are currently employing a hybrid model that includes in-person clinical care for most services and virtual clinical care for others. For more information about Children's National response to COVID-19, please see our website.

Contact Information

For more information about the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders, please contact Cara Pugliese, Ph.D.