Autism Director

Dallas, Texas
Salary will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience.
Oct 05, 2020
Dec 04, 2020
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time
Senior Level

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center O’Donnell Brain Institute (OBI) announces an opening for the Director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). The Center has recently been incorporated into the OBI, which has prioritized making UT Southwestern a national leader in Autism care and research. The OBI was launched recently as a vehicle to advance an institutional initiative to make basic and clinical brain science a top priority at UT Southwestern for the foreseeable future. This commitment is already manifest by a new hospital tower, a 9 story research building currently under construction, and a dedicated fundraising campaign. This vibrant growth that will occur in brain science generally provides a unique opportunity to advance the science and care of autism at UT Southwestern.

CADD draws its strength from a set of synergistic resources of UT Southwestern Medical Center and Childrens Medical Center. Its missions are threefold: 1) to provide state-of-the-art medical and behavioral intervention for Autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities; 2) to provide clinical education for trainees to prepare them to deliver services to developmentally disabled individuals over the course of their careers; and 3) to conduct research aimed at developing new knowledge about the etiology, pathophysiology or behavioral phenotypes associated with autism while working to improve the early detection and diagnosis of autism and to develop novel therapeutic interventions for the disease.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in the care of children with autism. Beyond their own activities in providing care, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in medical program administration, community relations, supervision, program development and quality improvement in autism care.
  2. Broad knowledge of ongoing laboratory and clinical research in autism
  3. An excellent track record of funded research and publications in the areas of Autism and/or related developmental disabilities

The selected candidate must hold a Ph.D./Psy.D., and/or M.D./D.O., and must have (or be able to obtain prior to hire) a Texas medical license or Texas psychology license. Appointment rank will be commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience. This is a high profile position that offers great opportunity for program development and career enhancement.

UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks among the top academic medical centers in the world.  Our distinguished faculty includes active Nobel Prize winners. Nearly 4,200 medical, graduate and allied health students, residents and postdoctoral fellows are trained each year. Faculty and residents oversee approximately 2.2 million outpatient visits annually. The Peter ODonnell Jr. Brain Institute encompasses major investments in research to delineate the fundamental underlying causes of brain disease, as well as translational research efforts to advance diagnosis and treatment, and investment in clinical programs to offer the very best and most innovative care possible today. Our clinicians provide care to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics, Childrens Medical Center and two other affiliated hospitals. The Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute Children’s Health is the primary pediatric clinical partner of UT Southwestern and our Department of Pediatrics. At the core of this organization, Childrens Medical Center, Dallas, functions as a multi-specialty inpatient and outpatient quaternary care and teaching facility that serves as the main home for the pediatric residency program (104 categorical pediatric residents) and a complete set of ACGME-accredited pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. In addition to the Dallas Campus, which is licensed for 483 beds, Childrens has a second full-service campus in Plano, one of the fastest growing areas in the country, with an additional 72 beds. Each year, Children's receives more than 20,000 admissions, 200,000 outpatient visits, and 90,000 emergency room visits, and performs more than 20,000 surgical procedures. More than a mere clinical partner, Childrens Health is committed to fostering research, both basic and clinical, as a fundamental component of its strategy to advance pediatric care. This commitment is exemplified by its contribution of $200 million to the creation of the Children’s Research Institute.

The Dallas area boasts a low cost of living with diverse neighborhoods and great schools. The area has world class quality of life options, with more than 175 museums and art galleries, premier performance halls, numerous parks, lakes, golf courses and seven professional sport franchises.

Interested applicants should apply online at job # 494008 and submit curriculum vitae and a cover letter of interest.

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