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Postdoctoral Scholar, Clinical Psychology, Werklund School of Education

Job ID: 20041

Updated: February 6, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Description


Area: Clinical Psychology

Duration: 12 months (potential to extend to 2 years)

Start date: May 1 st , 2020

Salary: $50,000 per year plus Plan C Health Benefits


The School and Applied Child Psychology Program, Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to work with Dr. Carly McMorris in the area of autism spectrum disorder and concurrent mental health issues. Dr. McMorris is an Assistant Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program in the Werklund School of Education with extensive experience examining mental health issues in children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder).

Job Description:

The postdoctoral scholar (PDS) will work with Dr. McMorris to study the mental health issues children and youth with autism in Alberta experience, and the services that children and youth with autism are accessing, with a particular focus on suicidal ideation and attempts. Additionally, the PDS along with Dr. McMorris will work with clinicians and managers from Child and Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health and Psychiatry Program (CAAMHPP) at Alberta Health Services to: a) develop training and mentorship opportunities to improve competency in providing mental health supports to autistic children and youth; b) to determine the overall level of demand for assessment and treatment of autistic children and youth in CAAMHPP; and c) to engage stakeholders for the advancement of clinical intervention for this population.


The PDS will be affiliated with the University of Calgary and the Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). The Owerko Centre is a $10M state-of-the-art research space dedicated to promoting collaborative neurodevelopmental and mental health research across the University of Calgary and its affiliated hospitals. ACHRI brings together over 180 inter-disciplinary scientists to find new ways of understanding and treating child behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and physical health.


Applicants should have: 1) a PhD in clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, or other relevant disciplines, 2) experience analyzing large clinical data, 3) working with stakeholders and partners; and 4) knowledge in child psychopathology, autism/neurodevelopmental disorders, and/or mental health issues.

To be eligible as a Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Calgary, you must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent within the five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment. Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position.

Application details:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, graduate transcript(s), and names and contact information for at least two references as a single pdf. document to

This posting will remain open until a successful candidate is identified.


Additional Information

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website. For more information about the Werklund School of Education visit Careers in the Werklund School of Education.

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