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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The CDD’s Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship program is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Training Year!

We offer Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral training in specialty areas including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH). The availability of positions in each specialty area is dependent on funding each training cycle. Postdoctoral fellowship positions are a two-year, full-time commitment.

We anticipate 2 positions for the ASD specialty area and 2 positions for the ECMH specialty area.

The aim of the CDD Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship program is to train fellows to advance their clinical and leadership skills in their specialty track. The program objectives are as follows:

  • To provide training in brief and diagnostic interdisciplinary assessment

  • To conduct evidence-based, outpatient intervention for children and families

  • To gain experience in consultation and interdisciplinary relationships/teaching

  • To gain skills in professionalism and leadership

  • To maintain up-to-date in research and participate in capstone projects related to specialty track 


The CDD Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Program has recently been accepted as an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers member program!

Training Model and Standards

The psychology postdoctoral program at the CDD adheres to a developmental and scientific-practitioner model of training. The core curriculum of the program is based upon the missions of the CDD and the UNM School of Medicine. We will follow the 2020 Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines for posting and offering positions. Get information about the CDD’s fellowship programs on the APPIC website.


A core component of the Psychology Fellowship Program is enrollment and completion of the New Mexico Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program (NM LEND). This certificate program prepares the next generation of policy makers, faculty, clinicians and researchers to lead the maternal and child health work force. All LEND trainees complete a set of requirements in the areas of interdisciplinary leadership, clinical, research, family, and public policy.

NM LEND Seminars occur Fridays during the Fall and Spring semesters on topics related to neurodevelopmental disabilities, leadership, research, public health, and family-centered and culturally competent care at the Center for Development & Disability. Learn more

Learn more about the fellowship program with this resource:

Anticipated Start Date: September 7th, 2021

To apply for a fellowship position, please contact Sylvia J. Acosta, PhD, Director of Postdoctoral Psychology Training at or 505-272-4725.


Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A de-identified sample evaluation report
  • Three letters of recommendation

There is a preference for applications received by December 14th, 2020.


APPIC Membership

Member Code # 9237



Interviews will be held virtually in February 2021.



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UNM Center for Development and Disability
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Phone: 505-272-3000
Fax: 505-272-2014

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