The Marcus Autism Center provides assessment and treatment services for pediatric populations and their families and offers experiential training programs at several educational levels. The Doctoral internship in Psychology provides training in applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities and psychodiagnostic assessment.
The internship’s philosophy centers on the idea that principles and procedures of the science of behavior form the basis for effective and ethical clinical services. Accordingly, the internship utilizes data-based diagnostic and treatment procedures that are consistent with basic principles of learning and behavior as embodied in the research literature.
The Marcus Autism Center provides standards of best practice in diagnostic and clinical evaluations, as well as specific treatment and intervention activities that are designed to conform to established ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, the National Standards Project (for autism spectrum disorders) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. We are committed to respecting diversity and welcome applications from candidates from under-represented groups in the fields of science and psychology.
The internship strives to provide a model of neurodevelopmental and applied behavioral science in a pediatric setting by developing and evaluating the application of behavioral science and technology in health care services for children through its service, training, and research programs. Organized in two tracks (assessment and treatment), the internship offers generalist training as well as specialty competencies related to behavioral treatments and diagnostic assessment of children with developmental disabilities.
Please review the Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology brochure for details about goals, training components and rotations.
Qualifications for the internship program include:
Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program for clinical or school psychology
Completion of at least three years of graduate-level study by the start of the appointment
Successful defense of proposal for dissertation/final project
Clearance by the student’s Director of Clinical Training to apply to internship
Successful completion of a background check and drug screen
The application deadline is November 1.
Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the Training Office. Interviews will be held at the Marcus Autism Center on the following dates:
Friday, January 6, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
All doctoral internship positions are filled through the application and annual national matching system of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Applicants must submit the following via the APPIC online application portal:
A complete APPIC application for Psychology Internship
A copy of the most recent curriculum vita, including the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of three references.
Transcripts of all graduate-level coursework
Letters of recommendations written by three or more professors or work supervisors.
Questions about this program should be directed to:
David L. Jaquess, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D., by email, or by calling 404-785-9443. He can also be reached by mail at:
David L. Jaquess, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D.
Training Director, Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
Marcus Autism Center
1920 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
*Questions regarding the program’s accreditation status should be directed to:
The Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St., N.E. Washington, DC 20002
David L. Jaquess, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D., Training Director
Marcus Autism Center is a subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
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