Division of Clinical Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Thank you for your interest in post-doctoral training in developmental disabilities at JFK Partners (Colorado’s UCEDD) at the University of Colorado-Denver. In order to find out more about JFK Partners—purposes and programs, organizational structure, faculty and staff, etc.—please take a look at our website.

Here is some information about our post-doctoral fellowship:

JFK Partners—Colorado’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) is the major training facility for the Developmental Disabilities Program. The training emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research, assessment, and intervention, family support, service coordination, and community integration to meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. Development of disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise, leadership and consultation skills and research as well as clinical growth are the goals of the postdoctoral training program. The Psychology Post-Doc Fellow participates in interdisciplinary evaluations, interventions and consultation with a wide range of persons with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan. The fellow also attends seminars offered at JFK Partners and in the Department of Developmental Pediatrics, and is expected to pursue a research project in developmental disabilities.

The Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship typically includes: 60% specialized clinical training (assessment, treatment modes, consultation) in developmental disabilities with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders, 25% research, and 15% didactics (seminars, workshops, observations in various settings). There will be an attempt, within these general parameters, to match the training program to your specific learning goals. There are two licensed psychologists who supervise and mentor JFK post-doctoral fellows as primary faculty. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with additional faculty in activities such as group therapy supervision.

Fellows are provided office space, computer, and computer support (technical support, network access, internet access, software). Fellows have access to a wide variety of quality training experiences available on the UCD Medical School campus in addition to their core training. Current statutes in Colorado require psychology "candidates for licensure" to have one year of supervised post-doctoral experience (which includes 1,500 hours of experience practicing psychology under supervision) before taking the Colorado examination for licensure. Fellows are expected to meet these requirements during the post-doctoral fellowship year.

The following faculty are involved in the JFK Developmental Disabilities Post-Doctoral Fellowship:

  • Audrey Blakeley-Smith, Ph.D. (2005) Stony Brook University
  • Judy Reaven, Ph.D. (1985) University of Missouri
  • Nuri Reyes, Ph.D. (2013) Virginia Tech
  • Caitlin Middleton, Ph.D. (2014) Stony Brook University
  • Lisa Hayutin, Ph.D. (2006) University of Georgia
  • Lindsey DeVries, Ph.D. (2016) University of North Dakota
The stipend for the 2022-23 training year is expected to follow the NRSA stipend schedule and health benefits. Applicants much have completed or be close to completing a doctorate from an APA-accredited (PhD or PsyD) Clinical, Counseling, School or Professional Psychology program and a one-year APA-accredited internship. Applicants must be able to show proof of doctoral degree within 2 months of starting the fellowship. 

Our application procedure includes the submission of the following documents:

1. Cover Letter Statement of Interest - Please include the answers to the following questions in your Statement of Work:    

  • Describe why a fellowship at JFK Partners interests you.
  • Have you had any experience elsewhere with a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship?
  • Describe past experiences related to working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • How does advanced training in neurodevelopmental disabilities fit with your future professional plans?
  • What is the current status of your dissertation/doctoral research project?

2. Graduate School transcript

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with your interests and work relevant to this fellowship

4.  Resume/Curriculum Vitae

JFK Partners is committed to the recruitment of culturally and ethnically diverse individuals. Bilingual Spanish-speaking applicants, and all other qualified applicants, are encouraged to apply. 

The deadline for receipt of materials is January 1, 2022. Please send all materials to Christine.Cook@cuanschutz.edu.

Please contact either Judy Reaven (Judy.Reaven@cuanschutz.edu) or Christine Cook (Christine.Cook@cuanschutz.edu) with any questions.