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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Intern, SOM (Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics) in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics (CAD) department emphasizes flexible, empirically supported approaches to clinical assessment in the context of an interdisciplinary framework. Across the year, interns will train 2 ½ to 4 ½ days a week conducting evaluations within the CAD department. The CAD department is a multidisciplinary clinic and research enterprise that provides diagnostic assessments of individuals with a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Children seen in the CAD clinic range from infancy to late adolescence with a focus on children ages 16 months to 6 years. Each child is assessed for Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as the many differential diagnoses commonly seen in this population, including developmental delay, intellectual disability, anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, ADHD, genetic syndromes, such as Fragile X syndrome, as well as many others.

The children seen in the CAD are highly diverse in their race, ethnicity, urbanacity, socioeconomic status, and age. These assessments are designed to identify cognitive and developmental strengths and weaknesses, assess adaptive functioning, provide diagnostic clarification, and to determine the need for intervention. Assessments incorporate measures of development, cognition, play, and adaptive behavior.

Assessment of language, visual-motor skills, and behavior are included as needed. This rotation provides the opportunity to work on cases within a multidisciplinary team that includes clinical psychologists, as well as developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, speech and language pathologists, and social workers/case managers on a case by basis.

Opportunities to conduct diagnostic assessments within one or more of the over 25 active research studies are also available. Interns typically complete a ½ day minor rotation throughout the entire year as well as another ½ -2 day(s) rotation during the second semester. Possible minor rotations may be available in the Severe Behaviors Department, Feeding Department, and/or the Neuropsychology Department.

Minor Rotation Options RUBI-Parent Training Program (minor rotation) within the Severe Behaviors Program is an outpatient program developed and shown to decrease challenging behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) between the ages of 3 and 10. The program involves teaching parents a number of strategies to prevent, manage, and reduce occurrences of problem behaviors of mild to moderate severity while promoting skill development.

The Brief Behavior Intervention (BBI) Program (minor rotation) within the Severe Behaviors Program is a weekly outpatient program. Children have a variety of problem behaviors of moderate to high severity, including aggression, self-injury, noncompliance, disruptive behavior, elopement, and pica. Targeted treatment goals are achieved through the therapist coaching the caregiver in completing a functional analysis and implementing treatment. There is a heavy emphasis on parent training, with the caregivers rehearsing skills both during the appointment as well as between appointments.

The Pediatric Feeding Clinic (minor rotation) offers interns the opportunity to treat children ages 9 months to 21 years who do not consume enough volume or variety of food to maintain adequate growth or nutrition. Children with this level of feeding disorder fall under the broader psychiatric diagnosis of Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).

The Neuropsychology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (minor rotation) provides opportunities for interns to gain extensive experience in neuropsychological assessment of child patients with acquired brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions.

Under the supervision of neuropsychology faculty, interns learn:

  1. Diagnostic interview techniques for neurological populations.

  2. Design of flexible test batteries to address referral questions.

  3. Neuropsychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation

  4. Production of oral and written reports for lay persons and health care professionals; and to a lesser extent.

  5. Differential diagnosis of neuropsychological syndromes and disorders.

  6. Development of rehabilitation plans and recommendations.

Supervised experience in conducting Wada Tests and Cortical Language Mapping in temporal lobe epilepsy surgery candidates is available primarily in the child rotation, although occasionally in the adult rotation as well. Interns learn effective interview techniques with neurologically-impaired clients and gain a basic familiarity with selection of tests, administration and scoring of tests, interpretation of results, and oral and written communication of findings. Interns also have access to journal clubs, and case reviews, as well as an opportunity to observe neurosurgery. The availability of this rotation is based on continued budgetary approval.


  • Enrolled in a doctoral psychology program.

  • Completion of all doctoral coursework with the exception of dissertation and internship.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 63796

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Peds: Marcus Center

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta