Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar - Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND)

University of Washington: Academic Personnel: School of Medicine: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Seattle, WA

Open Date

Feb 13, 2023


The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar for a full-time position with one of the 60 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) programs that are federally funded under the Autism CARES Act and administered by the Maternal & Child Health Bureau. LEND is an interdisciplinary training program intended to prepare a workforce and train future leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. UW LEND is located in the Center on Human Development & Disability (CHDD), one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive centers of interdisciplinary service, research, and training centers focusing on children, adolescents, and adults at risk for or who have established developmental disabilities. Each year, more than 600 University of Washington faculty and staff members as well as numerous doctoral and postdoctoral scholars make important contributions to the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. This is accomplished through a comprehensive array of research, clinical services, training, community outreach, and dissemination activities.

As part of the UW LEND postdoctoral experience, the fellow will join a cohort of 35+ other graduate-level LEND trainees from a variety of disciplines, including both professionals and family/self-advocates. As part of LEND, the postdoctoral fellow will attend seminars and leadership workshops during the academic year, complete advocacy learning experiences, and present a leadership project at the end of the training year—in addition to clinical training experiences at CHDD.

UW LEND training is intended to accomplish the dual objectives of developing both (a) high levels of interdisciplinary clinical skills and (b) leadership abilities that complement clinical skills and acumen. Our graduates are expected to take a leadership role in the clinical, public-health, and policy arenas for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other special health-care needs.

The UW LEND psychology postdoctoral fellow will work in an interdisciplinary clinical team composed of a variety of disciplines, including audiology, developmental pediatrics, nutrition, occupational therapy, family advocates, physical therapy, social work, and speech language pathology. Postdoctoral fellows provide psychological and diagnostic evaluations of children ages 1-18 years in the Child Development Clinic and Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic at CHDD. Fellows will also assess toddlers and young children at risk for developmental disabilities in the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic and the Infant Development Follow-Up Clinic. Required applications materials include 3 letters of recommendations, 2 sample evaluation reports (including neurodevelopmental disorders), and copies of the fellow’s college and graduate school transcripts. Upon acceptance fellows will also be asked to submit the LEND application and personal statement (included in the application link) to Kathleen Lehman, PhD (, the fellowship mentor and supervisor.

This is a full-time position for an initial one-year appointment. The base salary range for this position will be $4570–$5500 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


A doctoral degree or foreign equivalent in Clinical Psychology or a related field; excellent communication and leadership skills; and experience conducting clinical research, assessments, and data analysis. Training in evidence-based therapies for neurodevelopmental disabilities and other special health-care needs is helpful.

Prospective candidates must have completed all doctoral degree requirements prior to the start of postdoctoral employment.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter describing your research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • A statement detailing how your research has supported underrepresented populations across dimensions of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, backgrounds, and interests. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the Department’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Direct questions to Dr. Kathleen Lehman ( Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.