Clinical Psychologist Phd

Children's Mercy Hospital

Kansas City , MO 64126

  • Autism Psychologist Position

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Mercy Kansas City is recruiting a psychologist with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders and associated developmental disabilities to join the Autism Team at Children's Mercy. The primary focus of the position will be clinical service delivery: evidence-based autism diagnostic evaluations and/or behavioral intervention/parent training for children with autism/developmental disorders, based on the candidate's expertise.

The position will also include program development opportunities, including involvement in the development of an outpatient ABA-based model for improving community access to effective and timely early intervention services. Additional responsibilities may include community educational presentations, school consultation, and teaching/supervision in the hospital's APA-accredited psychology internship, psychology and developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellowships, pediatric residency program, and psychology practicums. Research opportunities growing out of program development work may also be available. The position carries an academic appointment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, with rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates must have completed a PhD in clinical psychology or a closely related field (e.g., child clinical psychology, school psychology, behavioral psychology/behavior analysis), completed an APA-approved internship, and be license-eligible as a psychologist in Missouri and Kansas. Candidates should have specialized training in autism/developmental disabilities, including evidence-based diagnostic evaluation (e.g., ADOS) and/or behavioral intervention (e.g., traditional ABA and naturalistic developmental-behavioral intervention models, behavioral parent training). Strengths in both diagnostic evaluation and behavioral intervention would be desirable, but candidates with strengths in either area are encouraged to apply.

Completion of a postdoctoral fellowship is preferred but not required. ADOS research reliability, experience supervising the delivery of ABA-based services, and BCBA credentials are not required, but desirable.

Candidates at all levels of experience will be considered. The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Mercy offers a desirable and collegial work environment with an excellent quality of life. More information on the hospital can be found here, and information about the Kansas City area can be found here.

To apply, a letter of application detailing relevant experience and current curriculum vitae should be sent to:

Lynne Covitz, Ph.D., ABPP, Chief, Section of Psychology

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences
2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 234-3584

Children's Mercy is an independent, 354-bed pediatric health system, serving half a million patients each year from across the country. Children's Mercy has been ranked by U.S.

News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" and received Magnet recognition three times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our faculty of nearly 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists.

The Autism Program at Children's Mercy provides evidence-based, interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for children with suspected autism spectrum disorders across the age range, as well as short-term behavioral intervention and consultation. Current research activities focus on improving early identification of autism and developmental delays in primary care, as well as the epidemiology and health outcomes of these children.

The Children's Mercy Autism Program is a state-designated Missouri Autism Center, and maintains clinical and research relationships with other major centers in the region. For more information go to

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences (DBS) at Children's Mercy houses the Autism Program, as well as the hospital's many other mental and behavioral health providers and programs. DBS currently includes 52 psychologists, 9 developmental pediatricians, 7 child/adolescent psychiatrists, and other allied professionals who support the care of children and families impacted by pediatric illness (chronic pain, cancer, GI, etc.) and/or mental and behavioral health issues (ADHD and disruptive behavior, internalizing disorders, PTSD, sleep problems, developmental disabilities etc.). Find out more at:

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