Trueman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Autism Treatment

Trueman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Autism Treatment

The Trueman Fellowship in Autism Treatment is a two-year post-doctoral psychology training experience based in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

This fellowship was developed with the mission of establishing a unique opportunity for advanced training in evidence-based treatments of ASD, across a range of ages, treatment modalities, and levels of functioning, and is conducted in a department rich in resources related to professional development. Our goal is to train psychologists to demonstrate leadership in the areas of clinical service, training, research, and excellence in the provision of care for individuals with ASD and their families.

CASD provides a wide range of services for children with ASD and their families. Services are offered to children from 18 months to 21 years of age, across the range of the autism spectrum. Our mission is to provide a continuum of care using evidence-based practices to support the varied needs of these children and their families. Services are offered within four main program areas: 

  • Behavioral Intervention Program – early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI or ABA) programs for toddler and preschool aged children; behavioral consultation, school consultation, parent training, social skills groups and adolescent transition services
  • Complex Behavior Program – assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior within both community and in-clinic day treatment contexts
  • Autism Psychotherapy Program – individual counseling and behavior consultation for children and adolescents with high-functioning ASD, CBT group treatments and social skills groups
  • Family Education and Community Outreach – group and individual parent training (Triple P – Stepping Stones), SibShops™ sibling support services, recreational programming and summer camp opportunities

What You Need to Know

Program Setting

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of a handful of facilities offering services that meet the wide range of critical needs of children with ASD. CASD is an interdisciplinary center with 170 employees, including RBTs, BCBAs, LPCs, LISWs, IMFTs, licensed psychologists, psychiatrists and others. Our staff work closely with medical providers in psychiatry and developmental pediatrics to coordinate behavioral intervention strategies with medication management for symptoms of ASD as well as co-occurring mental health conditions.

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is part of Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital, the largest pediatric behavioral health department in the nation. Behavioral healthcare has been highlighted by hospital administration as part of the five-year strategic plan, which recently culminated with the opening of the Behavioral Health Pavilion, a nine-story building serving individuals with acute levels of care, in March 2020. The Trueman Fellowship is one of the psychology fellowship opportunities at Nationwide Children's in behavioral health. Other fellowship tracks include intellectual and developmental disabilities, pediatric psychology, child clinical and neuropsychology. Fellows across all programs participate in a joint seminar series, which focuses on professional development topics as well as clinical or quality improvement research projects.

Training and Experience

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH is offering clinical training in evidence-based ASD interventions. This two-year fellowship is designed to train clinical psychologists to demonstrate leadership in the areas of service, training, research and excellence in the provision of care for individuals with ASD and their families. Fellows will be provided a range of clinical and didactic opportunities to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of ASD and to prepare for independent practice as scientist-practitioners.

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Salary & Benefits

Fellows receive a salary commensurate with NIH standards, as well as the Nationwide Children's Hospital employee benefit package, which includes health, dental and vision insurance, as well as professional liability coverage.

The Trueman Fellowship also allows for an enhanced stipend for professional development related to issues of ASD ($1000 per year). Incoming fellows are entitled to limited reimbursement for moving expenses (up to $500). Fellows receive 15 days of paid time off, as well as six regular holidays. Additional days may be allocated for attendance at professional conferences and job interviews.

Fellows are given an appointment as a clinical instructor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University, a non-tenure track position.


Qualified candidates for the Trueman Fellowship should:

  • Have completed a doctoral degree from an APA-approved clinical, school, neuropsychology or counseling psychology program
  • Have completed an APA-approved internship and have training in the scientist-practitioner model
  • Have prior experience with children/individuals with ASD in a clinical child/pediatric psychology setting - REQUIRED
  • Demonstrate their potential for excellence and a passion for improving the quality of care for children with ASD

Learn More About the Application Process


Anya M. Froelich, PsyD BCBA, COBA
Psychology Supervisor/Training Director
(614) 355-7570