Fellow - PhD, Psychiatry

Job ID 2021-41990
Area of Interest
MD, Dentist & Related
Location Name
Lisa Li
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Autism Center
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province
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In 2020, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 27th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.


As a Magnet designated institution, and classified among America’s best large employers by Forbes, we recognize the importance of hiring and developing great talent to provide best-in-class care to the patients and families we serve. Our organizational DNA takes form in our core values: Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration, Equity and Innovation. Whether it’s delivering frontline care to our patients in a kind and caring manner, practicing the highest standards of quality and safety, or being relentlessly curious as we work towards eradicating childhood diseases, these values are the fabric of our culture and community. The future starts here.


Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. The overall goal of the SCH Autism Fellowship is to train the next generation of scientist-practitioners who will demonstrate leadership in the areas of service, training, research and excellence in the care of individuals with autism and their families. Central to our goals is the ability to provide equitable care, work within an interdisciplinary setting and consult to members of medical teams and community settings. We are committed to training compassionate and ethical fellows, with a deep understanding of the specific and complex needs of our patients and their families.


Overview of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center (SCAC). The SCAC is a national leader in caring for the diverse needs of autistic youth and young adults. We evaluate and treat over 4300 unique patients every year. The center offers a range of medical and mental health services for children and adults, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, targeted evidenced-based treatments for core symptoms and co-occurring mental health conditions, and caregiver support for families. Our center employs specialized clinical professionals with a focused interest in ASD, including child and behavioral psychologists, board certified behavior analysts and technicians, developmental and behavioral pediatricians, gastroenterologists, neurologists, nurse practitioners (medical and psychiatric), psychiatrists, speech and language pathologists, dieticians, and family resource personnel. We also engage in community outreach, through a broad range of education and training opportunities.


Objectives of the SCAC Postdoctoral Fellowship: Reflecting the complex and diverse nature of the specialized clinical programs and research opportunities at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, we developed three postdoctoral fellowship tracks, which aim to reflect the myriad of opportunities available for specialized training. Fellowship time will be split 80% clinical and 20% research.


Applicants should indicate the specific clinical track they are interested in applying for. We will be selecting one postdoctoral candidate that best aligns with one of the three available tracks: Diagnostics, Treatment, Applied Behavior Analysis. Below is a description of the specialized activities connected to each track:


Diagnostic Track:

  • Diagnostic Assessment Rotation (60% time)
  • Outpatient Treatment Rotation (20% time)
  • Protected Research Time (20% time)




Required Education/Experience:
- PhD, PsyD, or Ed.D. in psychology, with specialization in child clinical psychology from an APA-accredited training OR completion of all requirements for PhD or PsyD program including defense of dissertation, and ability to obtain degree within 3 months of hire.
- Completion of an APA approved clinical internship.

Required Credentials:
- Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration required within 2 months of employment for select departments.

- Previous experience working with children and adolescents and their families in mental health settings.


In accordance with new Washington law for healthcare workers, Seattle Children’s requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before October 18, 2021, or before beginning employment for start dates after October 18th.

Covid-19 Vaccination

In accordance with Washington state law, Seattle Children’s requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All offers are contingent and your vaccine status will be verified at onboarding.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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