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Autism Fellowship

Housed within Riley Children's Health's Pediatric Care Center in Indianapolis, the Autism Spectrum and Development Disorders Outpatient Program hosts the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Autism program. This fellowship includes a combination of clinical service in the form of assessment and treatment of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs).

Fellows receive extensive training in the assessment of ASD and NDDs, including training and supervision on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) by a certified, independent ADOS-2 trainer (Dr. Minshawi). Treatment focus for within this clinic is behavioral in nature with specific emphasis on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) as applied to parent training modalities. The clinic also providers modified cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to older individuals with higher cognitive and language skills.

Autism Fellowship Clinical Experience

Clinical Expertise 

Fellows provide outpatient therapeutic services for children and adolescents with ASD and NDDs. Between 20 and 30 hours of client contact per week in outpatient therapy and assessment enable fellows to improve their science knowledge both the assessment and treatment of ASD and NDDs. Weekly supervisory sessions with PhD/HSPP psychologists coupled with Grand Rounds, didactics and training events offered by the Department of Psychiatry further strengthen the scope of training.

Quick Facts

  • What can I expect?
    Fellows spend 20-30 hours with clients per week. Up to eight hours per week are dedicated to administration and research endeavors. Fellows can also expect weekly supervisory sessions with a PhD, HSPP psychologist.
  • What is required to apply for this fellowship?
    Applicants must have completed an APA-accredited PhD or PsyD program in clinical or school psychology, as well as completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship program. Professionals from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • What application materials are required?

    Interested applicants must submit a CV, three letters of reference, graduate transcripts and a cover letter.

    Applications should be submitted to TraNeka Pippens.

  • When do you conduct interviews?
    All interviews are conducted in December and January annually. To minimize disparities, candidates are all invited for virtual interviews. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.
  • What is the salary?
    The postdoctoral fellowship salary is $56,484.
  • What benefits to fellows receive?
    Fellows receive full medical and dental benefits through IU School of Medicine. Other benefits include paid parking, vacation and sick days, professional development days off, and travel funding. Learn more about fellowship benefits through the Graduate Medical Education office.
  • Is Indianapolis a good city to do my fellowship?
    With a growing population and an affordable economy, Indianapolis is growing into a unique and diverse city that can offer fellows a great experience. Learn more about what the campus and Indianapolis has to offer.
  • Is there someone I can contact with questions?
    Yes, please direct questions to fellowship director, Noha Minshawi-Patterson, PhD, HSPP at

Licensing and Endorsements

Participants in the Autism Fellowship training program at IU School of Medicine also acquire a temporary license and activity toward permanent licensure; they complete the Indiana jurisprudence exam and EPPP and compile hours for Indiana licensure and HSPP endorsement.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be eligible for temporary licensure in Indiana and are required to have experience providing ABA-based interventions to individuals with ASD and their families. Applicants must also have completed an APA-accredited PhD or PsyD program in clinical or school psychology and an APA-accredited predoctoral internship program. Applications are encouraged from professionals of all ethnic backgrounds. Applications should be submitted to TraNeka Pippens.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • CV
  • Three letters of reference, including one from applicant’s graduate director of clinical training
  • Graduate Transcripts
  • Cover Letter

Program Leadership

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Noha F. Minshawi-Patterson, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

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