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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology - Autism Specialty

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In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.


Claremont, CA

Job Posting Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology - Autism Specialty

Job Details and Requirement:

The Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology will join the staff of The Claremont Autism Center at Claremont McKenna College. Primary responsibilities will involve provision of clinical care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families under the supervision of the Director, Professor Rachel Fenning. The Fellow will also engage in Professor Fenning’s research group, and will assist in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students involved in research and clinical activities at The Claremont Autism Center.

As a member of The Claremont Autism Center’s assessment and evaluation clinic, the Fellow will perform comprehensive psychological assessments, with an emphasis on diagnostic assessments for ASD, related neurodevelopmental disorders, and co-occurring conditions. The Fellow will also be involved in delivering evidence-based intervention, including social skills and recreational programming for children and teens on the autism spectrum, and parent training for families of children with ASD and behavioral difficulties. In addition, the Fellow will assist with clinic management and will maintain appropriate documentation of clinical services.

Research responsibilities will include oversite of data collection and data management at The Claremont Autism Center. The Fellow will prepare research findings for presentation and publication, and will support graduate and undergraduate student research projects. Depending upon interest and expertise, the Fellow may also have the opportunity to guest lecture in undergraduate courses affiliated with The Claremont Autism Center and to assist in the development of new clinic initiatives and services.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for one to four years.


  • Work closely with the Center Director and staff in providing clinical care for individuals with autism spectrum and their families.
  • Under the supervision of the Director, provide psychological assessment and intervention services, and generate timely and appropriate clinical billing and documentation.
  • Attend weekly individual supervision with the Center Director.
  • Attend clinic meetings with the Center Director, staff, and students.
  • Assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students in clinical and research activities.
  • Provide administrative and operational support for the Center, including appointment scheduling, clinical billing, and management of the clinic waitlist and research participation pool.
  • Facilitate communication with prospective clients and research participants.
  • Participate in scholarly projects and engage in leading and co-authoring research presentations and papers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION: A Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with training in assessment and intervention for autism spectrum disorder, is required. Doctoral degree must be conferred within two months of position start date.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two or more years of clinical and research experience in the autism field.


  • Established research reliability in the administration and scoring of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2).
  • Experience delivering group social skills intervention to children and teens with ASD.
  • Experience providing behavioral parent training to families of children with ASD.
  • A background in autism research, including prior experience in the study of autonomic psychophysiology.

LICENSES: A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required. License eligibility as a psychologist in California is a requirement of this position.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: The candidate must possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or to be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

  • Demonstrate understanding of, and appropriate adherence to, clinical and research ethics and codes of conduct.
  • Knowledgeable of psychological assessments and intervention for ASD.
  • Ability to assess and evaluate ASD, related neurodevelopment disorders, and co-occurring conditions.
  • Ability to deliver appropriate and effective intervention and support for individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopment disorders.
  • Ability to attend to detail, multi-task, and use effective time management, planning, and organizational skills to perform responsibilities accurately and to meet expected deadlines.
  • Ability to cultivate an inclusive environment, including a commitment to mentoring students and supporting clients representing a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, political opinions, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, religions, and developmental and behavioral functioning.
  • Ability to follow instructions and to delegate appropriate tasks effectively.
  • Ability to work efficiently, cooperatively, and collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, MPlus, R) and various computer systems such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

START DATE: We are looking to fill this position immediately, with a start date no later than 8/19/2024.

HOURS: The regular hours for this position will be eight-hour days with a work schedule of approximate 40-hours per week. This position requires flexibility and availability to work late afternoons and evenings as needed. Some weekends may be required. Travel to conferences

may be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of The Claremont Autism Center.

CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a regular full-time, 12-month year-round, benefits-eligible position. This position is classified as an exempt level, salaried position.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light (up to 20lbs).


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.

BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the

aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or

others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications

required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.

Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or for assistance.


As one of the nation's most selective private liberal arts colleges, CMC sits among the intellectually-stimulating, socially-fulfilling, seven-college community known as The Claremont Colleges, a system modeled after England's Oxford University. Founded in 1946, CMC is the youngest of the nation's top colleges and enrolls approximately 1,200 students.

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) educates its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership in economics, government and public affairs. CMC's strong grounding in the liberal arts, together with its emphasis on economics, government, and international relations, attracts students who approach education pragmatically and who intend to make a difference in the world. With this broad-based foundation graduates leave CMC well prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Many go on to pursue careers in law, business, government, foreign service, international relations, public policy, museum administration, science and education, or to pursue graduate study.

The College's cutting-edge research institutes provide students unprecedented opportunities to work alongside their professors and discover how what they learn in the classroom links to life in the world behond. The world comes to Claremont McKenna through a vibrant and renowned speakers series in which world leaders, thinkers, artists and visionaries visit campus through the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and other public programming.

In September 2007, Robert A. Day, the Founder and Chairman of The TCW Group, Inc., pledged a $200 million personal gift to establish the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance and its unique programs. This was the largest recorded gift to a liberal arts institution, the largest gift in the field of finance and economics, and among the top 20 largest gifts ever given to a college or university. Through his generosity, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance now offers multiple programs, including a Master of Arts in Finance degree.

While many other colleges champion either a traditional liberal arts education with emphasis on intellectual breadth, or training that stresses acquisition of technical skills, Claremont McKenna College offers a clear alternative. Instead of dividing the liberal arts and the working world into separate realms, education at Claremont McKenna is rooted in the interplay between the world of ideas and the world of events. By combining the intellectual breadth of the liberal arts with the more pragmatic concerns of public affairs, CMC helps students to gain the vision, skills, and values necessary for leadership in all sectors of society.

In addition to its dedication to teaching and learning, the College is a center for scholars who are engaged in research that can enlighten a society intent on finding solutions to its economic, political, social, and environmental problems. Ongoing research at CMC is contributing to the body of knowledge in areas such as the effects of government regulations upon the economy, toxic waste, juvenile justice, changes of enzyme systems in humans, and the ecology of desert regions.

The Research Institutes are perhaps our clearest example of the linkages forged at CMC between research, teaching and learning. Here, students serve as assistants to, and collaborators with, their teachers, co-authoring scholarly articles and presenting papers to academic bodies, corporations, political organizations and government agencies. They test theories in the public marketplace and actively seek answers to questions of broad social importance.

In recent years CMC has gained national recognition as one of the top liberal arts colleges in America. This recognition can be attributed, in part, to CMC's mission which acknowledges its obligation for service to the larger scholarly community through faculty contact with business and with government, a process that enriches both the outside world and the campus itself. Also contributing to CMC's national reputation are the accomplishments of its almost 8,000 alumni. Today, about seventy percent of CMC's graduates go on to advanced degrees at prestigious institutions, and one in eight graduates holds a position in top management.

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