Themba Carr, PhD (ADI Manager)

Facility Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

ADI Kearny Mesa
Kearny Villa Rd
San Diego, CA 92123

ADI Torrey Hills
11752 El Camino Real, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130

*Practicum Location TBD dependent on assigned clinical supervisor

Phone 858-966-7743 X 246670
Placement Type Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Patient Type

ADI provides comprehensive services and participates in advanced research on Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ADI Diagnostic & Treatment Center serves children ages 0-18 at risk for or diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Experience Type

ADI services include comprehensive developmental and psychological evaluations, multidisciplinary team evaluations, behavioral intervention, social skills groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior/ school consultations, and parent training. Practicum students will observe and administer diagnostic and cognitive assessments under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist and may assist in the provision of family and group treatments using evidence-based behavioral and developmental interventions for ASD. Training experiences include individual and group supervision as well as attendance at the monthly RCHSD ADI Seminar Series and other clinical trainings offered through ADI. The balance of assessment and treatment will be determined based on individual training goals and client volume during the practicum year.

Practicum students may also have the opportunity to participate in consultation with other health disciplines through the ADI Multidisciplinary program This program includes weekly case review and consultation with a range of developmental service providers (e.g., Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Pediatric Geneticist, Pediatric Neurologist, Behavior Specialists, Care Coordinator).  Practicum students may have the opportunity to observe evaluations and treatment of children with autism provided by these disciplines.

Modifications due to COVID-19 pandemic:  ADI currently delivers all diagnostic and treatment services in-person or via telemedicine.  Opportunities for practicum students to provide in-person clinical services will be provided, but are not required. Arrangements can be made for observation only.

Number Of Students 1-2
Experience Necessary Some cognitive testing and therapy experience with children or families required.
Time Commitment 10 hours/week
Practicum Length 12 months
Start Date 7/1/2021 (Pending completion of Rady Children’s background check and onboarding procedures)
Limiting Factors Treatment team meetings are scheduled every Tuesday 12-1.  MDT meetings are every Thursday from 12:30-1:30.
Other Issues Rady Children’s Background check and onboarding procedures required
Description Revised 03/22/2021