Southwest Human Development

Psychologist- Children's Developmental Center

7 months ago
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About the agency:

Founded in 1981, Southwest Human Development’s mission is to strengthen the foundation Arizona’s children need for a great start in life. Our vision is a positive future for every child. The agency has long been recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive services for children ages birth through five and their families in five primary areas: Child Development and Mental Health; Easterseals Disabilities Services; Head Start and Early Literacy; Child Welfare; and Professional Education & Training. Southwest Human Development (SWHD) is Arizona's largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development, with a staff of over 900 serving more than 135,000 young children and their families each year. The agency’s overall goal is to help children establish a healthy foundation by preventing problems before they arise, or when they already exist, intervening as early and effectively as possible.


The Children’s Developmental Center at Southwest Human Development

Our Children’s Developmental Center (CDC) is a place where children ages 0-5 and their families come to receive state-of-the-art, comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, and intervention services from a team with expertise in complex developmental disorders of early childhood. Our team has a special focus on children with autism spectrum disorders, feeding problems, and developmental delays secondary to trauma or abuse. The CDC team is transdisciplinary in nature and comprised of a pediatrician, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, a dietitian, developmental specialists, and case managers. As such, we have a blended model, bringing together medical, developmental, and mental health services. At the CDC we are committed to the use of relationship-based assessment, planning, and treatment with a primary focus on supporting a positive attachment between children and their parents/caregivers. We believe that this is critical in promoting healthy development for the child.


We are looking for a psychologist to join the CDC team, and to be part of our exciting new Autism Center of Excellence. Responsibility includes administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological and developmental tools for young children with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorder evaluations. Knowledge and assessment of trauma in young children is a required and critical skill for this position. The psychologist completes record reviews and selects tools that are sensitive to age, culture, language, and developmental level, and completes comprehensive reports that include recommendations and connection to community services. Other responsibilities include counseling families regarding assessment findings and impressions, consulting and collaborating with team members, and providing therapeutic services. Familiarity with the DIR® and the DIRFloortime® intervention is preferred.


Southwest Human Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Southwest Human Development offers an excellent benefits package for full time and part-time employment.


Full-time Benefits

Health insurance (provided at no cost to the employee)

Dental insurance

Life insurance

Vision insurance

Employee Assistance Program

Flexible spending account

401(k) retirement plan

Paid vacation

Paid sick time

Paid holiday

Ongoing training and professional development

Supportive, relationship-based supervision model




Doctorate degree in Clinical, Developmental or School Psychology; licensure in Arizona; Post Doctoral experience to include training and experience in developmental evaluations; ability and experience working independently but also working within an interdisciplinary setting and team;


Experience using relationship-based approaches to treatment and assessment; competency with use of the following tools: Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), and Wechsler Scales.


Experience working with young children with Autism required.


Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card OR eligibility for a valid Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card is required.






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