UC San Diego Jobs Site

Column Content Left

#97489 Autism Research Psychologist

Filing Deadline: Fri 1/25/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/15/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/25/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The UCSD Autism Center is a state-of-the-art multimodal autism research facility. The Center applies psychometric testing, MRI/fMRI, DNA/RNA analysis, and multiple other paradigms to the study of autism in infants and toddlers. The Autism Center is part of the UCSD School of Medicine and offers a rich interdisciplinary environment.

Under general supervision from the Principal Investigator and Senior Psychologist, the incumbent will conduct 8-10 clinical diagnostic, psychometric and behavioral testing sessions per week with infants, toddlers and young children with ASD and other disorders. This testing is part of research on early detection and diagnosis of infants and toddlers at-risk for autism, research aimed to identify early biomarkers of autism and research to better understand the early bases of autism symptoms.

The Psychologist will conduct standardized interviews with parents as well as communicate essential study information. Incumbent will be involved with recruitment efforts to recruit study participants. Psychologist will also prepare reports for parents, participating pediatricians, and medical records.


  • Doctoral Degree in Clinical, Educational, or experimental Psychology with experience administering and scoring psychological tests. Clinical experience including assessment with children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorders (treatment experience acceptable).

  • Must be clinically licensed by the Board of Psychology.

  • Demonstrated ability to interview, perform psychological assessment, and perform preliminary diagnosis based on test scores and observation.

  • Proven experience with procedures related to scheduling and tracking standardized and experimental testing. Experience in experimental design and statistics.

  • Experience developing scientific documents from collected data and present findings at scientific and educational venues.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with autism spectrum infants, toddlers and parents.

  • Experience preparing reports for parents, medical personnel, and medical records, as well as in the preparation of progress reports and maintenance of participant's research records.

  • Proven experience communicating findings, recommendations, referrals, and general information clearly and effectively to multidisciplinary research teams verbally and in writing.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly, efficiently, tactfully, flexibly, and patiently in person, on phone, and in writing to a diverse population including parents of children with special disabilities and the children themselves.

  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and variety of web-based programs. Experience with operation of PC using word processing, a database application and some type of email system.

  • Strong ability to maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction. Exercise fast and accurate typing skills. Commitment to update/maintain technology skills with relevant computer software.

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) in both English and Spanish. Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively compose,edit and proofread written materials using clear and concise expression, proper grammar, style, and punctuation.

  • Knowledge and ability to successfully participate in community outreach, recruitment, and educational events. Ability to effectively engage in one on one communications with prospective subjects, both in Spanish and English.

  • Strong ability to efficiently organize, prioritize, understand and meet deadlines with attention to detail for testing, data entry and general lab assignments.


  • Certification in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.
  • Proven ability to communicate fluently with adults as well as children in both Spanish and English.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must have a CA driver's license and access to reliable transportation for occasional off site assessments.
  • Must be flexible to work one full weekend per month and evenings as required to accommodate parents' schedules.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


Applications/Resumes are accepted for current job openings only. For full consideration on any job, applications must be received prior to the initial closing date. If a job has an extended deadline, applications/resumes will be considered during the extension period; however, a job may be filled before the extended date is reached.


UC San Diego Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
La Jolla
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
HX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri


As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.