The Center for Autism Research's commitment to help families living with autism extends beyond the walls of our center. Our goal is for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to be included, active participants in their communities. CAR and its researchers and staff are involved in many different projects throughout our region. We recognize that, in addition to basic research in the causes and characteristics of ASD, we need to conduct other kinds of research, provide training and support to families and community-based professionals, raise awareness about ASD across the region, and develop partnerships with other agencies, if we are to impact policy changes that will improve the lives of individuals with ASD.
CAR Educational Opportunities
CAR has a number of educational opportunities for parents/ caregivers, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum.
Fellowship and Internship Opportunities
CHOP Psychology Internship Program
The Autism Track of the CHOP Psychology Internship program is directed by Judith Miller, PhD. Interns in this track complete clinical assessment and consultation rotations at CAR, and remaining requirements from the range of hospital and clinics throughout CHOP. Interns in the ASD track may complete a second year of funded clinical training as postdoctoral fellows through CAR depending on the intern’s training goals and CAR program needs. CAR's program works closely with CHOP's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, one of several such leadership programs around the country. Visit the CHOP Psychology Internship Programfor more information.
CAR Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship
The postdoctoral fellowship offers specialty experiences in ASD, diagnostic evaluations and opportunities to master assessment of individuals, age 3 months to 50 years. Opportunities to participate in intervention studies, parent trainings and community presentations are also available. Participation in research development, implementation and publication is based on the fellow’s career goals, level of experience, and CAR's needs. Fellows may complete supervised clinical hours for licensure, and have access to EPPP exam materials on site. Visit CHOP's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology for more information.
CAR Research Postdoctoral Fellows
Research postdocs get mentorship from leading scientists and clinicians, and access to vast institutional resources, in support of their development as independent investigators. Funding frequently comes from a host of NIH sources, as well as private sources like the McMorris fund for translational autism research, made available through CAR, CHOP, and the University of Pennsylvania. Our postdoc alumni have moved on to faculty positions at CAR, University of the Sciences, Drexel, etc. Visit the Office of Academic Training and Outreach for more information.
Psychology Graduate Students
Graduate students at CAR are exposed to a variety of clinical research opportunities while pursuing their doctoral degrees. Those interested in applying should visit the University of Pennsylvania's Psychology Graduate Program for more information.
CAR Students and Interns
CAR offers summer and semester internships and volunteer positions to students (from the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding universities), as well as work-study positions for students at the University of Pennsylvania. Students, volunteers, and interns at CAR gain experience in a variety of areas of clinical research, including data entry and organization, participant interaction, web design, statistics, and neuroimaging.
Other training opportunities may be available with the IDDRC Network.
Autism Integrated Care Program
The Autism Integrated Care Program evaluates more than 300 new patients for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) each year. Learn more.
COVID-19 Resources for CAR Families Guide
Our COVID-19 Resources for CAR Families Guide is a directory of community resources you may find helpful due to the effects of the pandemic.
Clinical Tools for Autism Professionals
PROMIS Autism Battery - Lifespan - Autism support professionals can use this new, NIH-validated tool to assess and monitor Quality of Life for children and adults on the autism spectrum.