Psychometrist-The Center for Autism Research (CAR)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

Req ID: 23682

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) is conducting a wide range of studies seeking to identify the causes of ASD, and to explore effective interventions and other supports for families throughout the region affected by ASD. We are seeking a full-time Psychologist Associate to work on various studies of individuals suspected of having or diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, and to support outreach to families and community members.


Job Responsibilities

Diagnostic and structured/standardized assessment of both developmental/cognitive skills and social/behavioral presentation.

Conduct verbal feedback of diagnostic and standardized testing results and timely write-up of psychological and cognitive/educational test findings on study protocols where that is applicable.

Achievement of research reliable status on ASD diagnostic gold standard measures including the ADOS-2.

Provision of behavioral support for school-age children undergoing MRI procedures for studies at CAR (e.g. preparing them for the scan through use of social stories, guiding them through a mock scan procedure, and providing emotional support during the scan).  

Project coordination as part of a team, and efficient experimental throughput is a central part of this position. Relevant associated duties include but are not limited to:

Assisting in all aspects of participant recruitment, including contacting parents, clinicians, care providers, principals, and teachers to obtain their consent, scheduling visits, data collection, distributing consent forms, maintaining accurate records of all contacts with schools, parents, care providers, teachers, and students.

Organizing data from online questionnaires and tests, compiling and reducing large quantities of data under the direction of lead investigators.

Performing data entry and entering testing data into databases and/or spreadsheets.

Assisting in maintaining inter-site and intra-site reliability for multi-site network research studies.   

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

CSP certified within 6 months of time from placement into position

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelors.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic


Master’s degree in clinical psychology or school psychology.

Graduate level coursework in psychological and psycho-educational test administration and test construction.

Submission of a list of structured/standardized testing competency - a comprehensive list of structured assessments that you are comfortable administering, scoring, and interpreting.

Submission of a de-identified report of testing results, including cognitive testing results.

A purely behavioral or BCBA background is not sufficient for this position given the standardized testing and background coursework necessary.  However, experience with behavioral management strategies (e.g., use of visual schedules and positive behavioral supports) is essential to optimizing participants’ performance during testing and to supporting them during MRI scanning procedures (see job description for further information).  

Have at least one year of experience in child assessment, with substantial experience
administering standardized measures, such as the Differential Abilities Scales or the Wechsler Scales. 

Experience administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) is preferred. 

Experience working with school-aged children is essential.  Experience working with individuals across the lifespan (particularly including infants and preschool-aged children) with developmental disorders and/or autism spectrum disorder preferred.

Have an eagerness to learn new assessment and experimental measures.

Ability to function independently in a clinical research/clinical setting.

Excellent written and oral communication skills to interact with staff, parents, and children and in
order to communicate testing results to parents.

Ability to efficiently complete testing reports.

Excellent organizational ability and interpersonal skills.

Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and pay attention to detail is essential for success.

Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and occasional Saturdays.

Ability and willingness to sometimes travel to off-site testing locations, such as schools, camps, doctor’s offices, and individuals’ homes.

Additional Technical Requirements

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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