Autism Spectrum Disorder Psychology Practicum The Children’s Center of Wayne County

Developmental Disabilities Services of The Children’s Center is pleased to announce psychology practicum positions in autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental assessment. Full training with the ADOS-2 will be provided (no experience necessary). Seeking candidates interested in a 20 hour diagnostic position within a multidisciplinary setting, including pediatric neuropsychology, behavioral analysis, child psychiatry, social work, and support coordination services. The position is for one year, late August / early September 2017 – August 2018.

Training tracks within the practicum can be created based on interest of the student, including pediatric neuropsychology, parent child interaction therapy (PCIT), applied behavioral analysis, and complex trauma.

In Developmental Disabilities Services, we offer comprehensive diagnostic ASD evaluations (developmental / neuropsychological), behavioral treatment programs (Applied Behavioral Analysis [ABA], Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention [EIBI], Parent-Child Interaction Therapy [PCIT], cognitive-behavioral treatment, and social skills groups), psychiatric services, and parent support for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Services are available to children ages 12 months to 17 years. We see children and adolescents (with or without ASD) for neuropsychological evaluation for a range of medical and developmental complexities (extreme prematurity, seizure disorders, genetic conditions, post-TBI, etc.).

Please send the following materials:

  • letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • graduate transcript(s)
  • unofficial is acceptable for application
  • two to three letters of recommendation from current clinical supervisors
  • two psychological/ developmental/ neuropsychological assessment reports

***Deadline for application is Monday, January 9, 2017***

Materials should be sent to:

Kara Brooklier, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Developmental Disabilities Services The Children’s Center of Wayne County or

Interviews to be completed on a rolling basis in January & February

Description of Fellowship Requirements and Responsibilities:


  • Enrollment in an APA accredited clinical psychology program.
  • Specialization in pediatric neuropsychology, child clinical, and/or developmental psychology strongly preferred.
  • Clinical experience with children with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), emotional impairment and/or intellectual disabilities strongly preferred.
  • Strong assessment / diagnostic / treatment planning skills.
  • Experience with neuropsychological and/or developmental assessment preferred but not required.
  • Valid driver’s license and clear driving record.


  • Master’s in Psychology by start date of practicum
  • Psychologist-Limited License-Doctoral for State of Michigan (TLLP, LLP) or qualifications needed to apply for a Limited License-Doctoral
  • Responsibilities:
  • Complete comprehensive ASD / developmental / cognitive /neuropsychological evaluations (ASD specific to include ADOS-2).
  • Conduct psychological evaluation feedback sessions. As part of the assessment process, generate treatment plans and determine best services for the child.
  • Work with clinical staff on the coordination and formulation of treatment plans, based on assessments completed by all the disciplines.
  • Participate in weekly supervision and scheduled team/staff meetings.
  • Attend weekly didactic ASD/DD Diagnostic Case Conference; present clinical cases and topics to clinical team during conference.
  • Coordinate and facilitate clinical trainings related to ASD, developmental, and intellectual disabilities for clinical staff and support coordinators.

Stipend & Benefits:

  • Competitive stipend ($15,000 annually for 20 hours/week)
  • Time granted for conference attendance / presentations


Program Supervisors:

Kara Brooklier, Ph.D., Senior Director

Dr. Brooklier is a pediatric neuropsychologist with over 15 years of clinical, research, and policy experience in the area of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Dr. Brooklier is also a certified PCIT Therapist and certified Level I PCIT Trainer.

Susan Risi, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist

Dr. Risi is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the comprehensive assessment, treatment, and research of children with autism spectrum disorders and associated conditions, including co-development of the ADOS-2.

Sarah Witherell, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Witherell is a clinical psychologist with specialization in the assessment and treatment of children with autism/ developmental disorders and complex trauma/ emotional disturbance.

Dr. Witherell is also a certified PCIT Therapist.

Cecilia Astorga, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Astorga is a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who specializes in disorders of childhood. She has worked at The Children’s Center for over 25 years.