Research Psychologist

Waisman Center   Madison, WI   Full-time     Research
Posted on November 13, 2023
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Job Location: Madison, WI

Department: VC for Research and Graduate Education/Waisman Center

Category: Research

Employment Type: Staff – Full Time; Onsite

Apply by: December 14, 2023 at 11:55PM CDT

Job Number: 287643-AS


Job Summary:

The Research Psychologist is a new position within the Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Laboratory (PI Margarita Kaushanskaya). The position will provide autism diagnostic evaluations and developmental testing for Spanish-English bilingual toddlers in a research project examining language development in Spanish-English bilingual children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This position is responsible for sharing evaluation results, including a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) ASD diagnosis, if appropriate, with the child's parents/guardians, making general treatment recommendations, and developing written evaluation reports. Additional duties include recruitment of participants, participation in lab and project meetings, and dissemination of study results. 

The Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Laboratory focuses on investigating language and cognitive development in bilingual children, including bilingual children with ASD. The Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Laboratory is housed within the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, several scientific research cores, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.



Provides direct clinical services to patients and clients in a clinical, research, education, or public health and safety setting. Engages in the full range of psychological services including assessment (psycho-diagnostic and psychological assessment services), evaluation, consultation and/or psychotherapy to promote the mental health and well-being of patients.

  • 60% Performs patient psycho-diagnostic, psychological assessments and evaluations
  • 15% Identifies patient psychological disorders and emotional patterns to understand and predict behavior
  • 5% Assesses safety risks and develops safety plans for at-risk individuals
  • 5% May provide expertise, training, and guidance to the community, peers, and/or students
  • 15% Assists with lab recruitment and outreach efforts.


Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.



PhD in Psychology or closely related field required



The following qualifications are required:
- At least two years of specialized training and clinical experience working with children with developmental disabilities and their families. Experience with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder is preferred.
- Assessment skills in the areas of cognitive, adaptive behavior and socio-emotional/behavioral functioning.
- At least one year of experience with autism specific diagnostic measures such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).

The following qualifications are preferred:
- Spanish language proficiency and experience with assessment of Spanish-speaking clients.
- Research reliability on the ADOS-2 and ADI-R is highly desirable.



PSY - Psychologist - State Licensure
Licensure or eligibility for licensure in the State of Wisconsin.


Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.


Appointment Type, Duration:




Minimum $80,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Salary is negotiable and will be based on experience and skills. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.


Additional Information:

A Criminal Background Check will be performed.

Must complete HIPAA and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification.

Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting.


How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter and a list of three references including contact information.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).


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