University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 227628

Position Summary:
The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 14 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical bio- manufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

This position will be a staff member within the Language Processes Laboratory. The Language Processes Laboratory focuses on investigating the developmental course and nature of language processing in typically developing children, late takers, and children with specific language impairment (SLI).

The primary purpose of this position is to provide autism diagnostic evaluations and developmental testing for participants in a research project examining prediction abilities in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), directed by Drs. Susan Ellis Weismer and Jenny Saffran. The psychologist is responsible for sharing evaluation results, including a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) ASD diagnosis, if appropriate, with the child's parents/guardians and making general treatment recommendations and writing written evaluation reports. Additional duties include recruitment of participants, data analysis, and dissemination of study results.

Principal duties:
Administer and score standardized assessments as part of a research protocol and share results of autism diagnostic evaluation with parents. This includes writing a full clinical evaluation report for each participant and making general treatment recommendations and providing intervention resource information to parents. (75%)

Assist with data analysis and dissemination of study results through scholarly publications and conference presentations.(15%)

Assist with recruitment of study participants through outreach with Birth to 3 programs, Waisman Center clinics, community clinics, and other early childhood organizations. (10%)

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