SDSU Research Foundation

Clinical Research Associate

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Full-Time Contract
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This position is open until filled with an initial application review to take place after August 30, 2023.


The starting salary is $5,806.67 per month, non negotiable. 


Candidates must submit a cover letter to recieve full consideration.


Candidates are being considered for a Clinical Associate position to support clinical services and research focused on autism spectrum disorder. The person in this position will be expected to conduct psychological assessments (cognitive, psychodiagnostic, developmental, and neuropsychological) and work as part of a large interdisciplinary group, including faculty, clinicians, research staff and graduate and undergraduate trainees. Please note that this is a clinical support position and not a direct research or project coordinator position. Applicants should include a cover letter describing their qualifications for the position.


The SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders ( is an interdisciplinary group of clinical scientists and autism researchers from several SDSU departments and colleges, including BDIL. The Center’s mission is to provide access to evidence-based clinical services for individuals with autism and their families, to foster and support outstanding clinical and basic science research on autism and related conditions, and to provide public education on issues surrounding autism services and research.


The SDSU Brain Development Imaging Laboratories ( is an innovative clinical research collaborative co-directed by Drs. Ruth Carper and Inna Fishman. The BDIL is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies to identify neurobiological (brain-based) and behavioral markers of autism spectrum and other related developmental disorders. We implement developmental, diagnostic, and neuropsychological assessments and state-of-the-art multi-modal brain imaging techniques (anatomical, functional, and diffusion MRI) to understand how ASD manifests across the lifespan, from the 1st years of life through mid- and late adulthood. 




The Clinical Associate will be responsible for but not limited to: 

  • Conduct psychological (cognitive, psychodiagnostic, developmental, and neuropsychological) assessments with children and/or adults with or without developmental disorders (70%)
  • Take part in community outreach efforts aimed at participant recruitment and retention (10%)
  • Other duties in support of the ongoing research: (20%)
    • Train new clinical research personnel
    • Monitor and supervise clinical data entry and quality assurance through data capturing databases


Required Experience/Education

  • MA/MS degree in psychology, allied health sciences, or related field
  • Four years experience in clinical settings or with clinical populations (including graduate and pre-graduate experiences) with a minimum of 1 year applied experience with standardized psychodiagnostics testing with clinical populations, including the ability to administer, score, and interpret such tests. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with individuals with autism or other developmental disorders (adults and/or children)
  • Experience with generating written diagnostic reports and behavioral notes
  • Experience with database and data capturing software (e.g., REDCap) or electronic health records (EHR)
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekend and evening hours, to accommodate outreach events and/or data collection 



  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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