The Marcus Autism Center (MAC) is a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence and it comprises the Division of Autism and Related Disorders in the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. One of the nation’s largest centers for clinical care of autism and related disorders that annually serves over 5000 patients, the Center provides clinical assessment and treatment services for several pediatric populations; conducts translational research in the lab, in the session room, and in the community; and offers training for multiple disciplines at several educational levels.

As a national leader in the field of autism, Marcus Autism Center also provides standards of best practice in diagnostic and clinical evaluation, as well as in treatment and intervention activities; all of these conform to established ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, the National Standards Project (for Autism Spectrum Disorder) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Two tracks of training allow some degree of specialization: the Treatment Track heavily emphasizes the use of applied behavior analysis and related behavioral treatments, while the Assessment Track emphasizes a comprehensive developmental approach to diagnostic and clinical assessment and evaluation within an interdisciplinary framework.

Guiding Principles

The Marcus Autism Center aims to transform the field of autism spectrum disorder and related conditions through state-of-the-art, evidenced based assessment, intervention, training and research. In doing so, we are:
  • oriented to children
  • propelled by our people
  • driven by science in every domain
  • inspired by innovation and creativity
  • connected by dialogue
  • guided by compassion for our stakeholders and each other
  • empowered by responsibility with our resources.
Diversity as a Core Component

We believe that for our training program to be excellent, we must be attentive to individual and cultural diversity, and to this end, we value, appreciate, encourage and support a working culture that includes diversity. We value competence and commitment to show cultural sensitivity when interacting with peers, colleagues, supervisors, supervisees, and patients, and we strive to incorporate multicultural considerations in all of our scholarly, clinical, and training endeavors. The internship follows the policies of Emory University, the laws of the state of Georgia and the United States, and strives to meet the standards for diversity set by APA.

Program Aims

The overarching aim of our internship is to prepare students to function as psychologists in a variety of settings, including as members of interdisciplinary teams providing health related services to children and their families. Interns completing our internship are well qualified to enter clinical, medical, or academic settings. Currently two tracks separately admit interns to focus their training on either assessment or clinical intervention. Together, these distinct tracks maintain the following aims for all interns:
  • To train providers with the core skills required to provide clinical services, while prioritizing the needs and interests of children and families.
  • To create a learning environment where people affect treatment, research, and teaching while engaged in dialogue that is characterized by respect, openness and compassion.
  • To foster skills, values and awareness that promote the use of science in making contributions to the field through scholarly and teaching pursuits that are innovative, excellent and take into account responsible use of resources.

Training Philosophy

The Doctoral Internship provides training within a scientist practitioner model centered on the idea that principles and procedures of science for studying biological, psychological and social elements of the person form the basis not only for effective research, but also for ethical clinical services. Accordingly, the Internship utilizes data-based diagnostic and treatment procedures that are consistent with basic principles of learning and developmental psychopathology as embodied in the research literature, emphasizing special expertise in applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, and/or psychodiagnostic assessment.

Full Brochure

Please reference the Internship Brochure for more detailed information regarding the training experiences and requirements at Marcus Autism Center.