Autism and Lifespan Development Track

Primary Supervisor: Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $28,500

Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

National Matching Service (NMS) Number: 245411


The Autism and Lifespan Development Emphasis Track is designed to provide interns generalist training in clinical psychology with an emphasis on clinical assessment, intervention, and research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The program is aimed for individuals with a background in assessment, research, and treatment of ASD that plan to pursue a career in clinical research. Core training in ASD is supplemented by training in diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, neuropsychological assessment, and elective experience in individual and group intervention. Training is conducted through the Division of Psychology and the Autism and Lifespan Development Research Program.


Consistent with the overall aims of the VUMC-IPP, the Autism Emphasis is conceptually grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of the profession. Training in clinical techniques is presented in a framework of science that underlies clinical practice. Competencies are acquired during service delivery, supervision, and participation in research. The intern will spend 2.5 days per week at their primary placement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which will include 2 days focused on clinical assessment and treatment research on ASD in children, adolescents and adults and .5 day working on an individual research project (Dr. Corbett). One day will be spent on neuropsychological assessment in youth with complex medical and neurological conditions. The intern will spend 1 day per week in a secondary emphasis rotation (currently on Thursdays), and .5 days of didactic training and case presentation (held on Friday mornings). Details of the training experiences are described in detail in the Brochure. In brief, the training will:

  • Provide interns with a core knowledge base of the clinical features, treatment, biobehavioral, psychosocial, and physiological features of ASD;
  • Provide comprehensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of the social, emotional, and behavioral features of ASD;
  • Provide comprehensive training in diagnostic assessment of ASD and co-morbid psychiatric conditions;
  • Expand the intern’s research repertoire and expertise.