Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Postdoctoral Fellowship
Michelle Spader, PsyD, BCBA-D
Elizabeth Krysak, PhD
Jonathan Wilkins, PhD
About the Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Specializing in the assessment and treatment of Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
The Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (IND) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program is a two year position and has been established for nearly 30 years. We have always taken pride in training leaders in our field.
Nationwide Children's Hospital is a “top 10” children’s hospital and provides the majority of pediatric medical and behavioral health care services in central and southeastern Ohio, serving a population of more than 3 million. The catchment area includes West Virginia and Kentucky. It is located in Columbus, the state capital, which is a rapidly growing, diverse metropolitan area with a population of more than 1.9 million. There is a large Somali population in Columbus as well as a growing Hispanic population. For more information about Columbus, Ohio, visit Experience Columbus.
The IND Postdoctoral Fellowship is conducted as part of the Behavioral Health Department of Nationwide Children's Hospital in affiliation with the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. Fellows receive faculty appointments in The Ohio State University Department of Pediatrics. The IND Postdoctoral Fellowship is housed within the Child Development Center (CDC) of Nationwide Children's Hospital, which is located at one of the hospital’s Close to Home Centers in Westerville, Ohio. Various training experiences also occur at the hospital’s main campus and other locations around Columbus.
The CDC is an established interdisciplinary program designed to serve the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our program is designated as a site in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).
The CDC is one of the most comprehensive and largest neurodevelopmental psychology departments in the country and is part of one of the largest Pediatric Behavioral Health units. The program is also housed within the same building as the hospital’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which focuses on the intervention needs of children and families diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
IND Postdoctoral Fellows work in an interdisciplinary setting focusing on the assessment and diagnosis of children referred for possible autism and other developmental concerns. Training in innovative and evidence-based treatments is also central to the fellowship program. Our IND fellows work with Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians, Neurologists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Speech and Language Pathologists, Psychiatrists, Genetic Counselors and GI specialists. Fellows also participate in graduate student and psychology intern training and development as well as medical education by leading teaching clinics and seminars. There are also umbrella supervision opportunities as well, including supervision of psychology interns, graduate students, and psychometricians.
Fellows work five days per week, typically 40-50 hours per week. There is no "on-call" coverage.