Doctoral Internship in Psychology
The doctoral internship in psychology is for graduate students enrolled in PhD or PsyD psychology programs. The APPIC and APA accredited internship consists of 2 rotations lasting 12 months in total. Each intern will spend 6 months in the assessment and behavior treatment rotations, described below:
The Assessment Track, housed in the LittleStar Diagnostic Clinic, currently utilizes several autism-specific assessments (e.g., ADOS, ADIR, ASQ), cognitive assessments (e.g., Mullens, RIAS, SB-5, WISC), and adaptive and comprehensive rating scales (e.g., BASC, Vineland 3) to identify the presence of autism, and/or criteria for additional, or alternative, diagnoses. Interns will receive training on these measures, and training on interpersonal assessment skills while working with families and young children with developmental disabilities. This will include conducting the interview and assessment, case conceptualization, report writing, communicating diagnosis information to families, and responding/supporting families throughout this process. Trainees will also learn how to write diagnostic reports that will directly inform ABA treatment plans.
Behavioral Treatment Track
During the Behavioral Treatment Rotation, the intern will assess and treat problem behavior displayed by individuals on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities, provide consultation to treatment teams, adjusting interventions as necessary, and ultimately work toward generalization of skills to naturalistic settings. The intern will also provide consultation to families experiencing challenging behavior in the home, as well as parent training to instill skills to better respond to a child’s specific needs. This will entail a thorough assessment and individualized parent training goals for each family. The intern will also implement social skills classes once per week, developing a curriculum based on the needs of the individuals enrolled.
Legend: CBI – Childhood Behavior Intervention Clinic, TABI – Teen and Adolescent Behavior Intervention Clinic
12650 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN, USA MAP
Site Training Directors
Jesse Logue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, HSPP
Jesse began his behavior analytic work at The May Institute and then the National Autism Center, working on the National Standards Project and piquing his interest in severe/challenging behavior. Jesse later received his Ph.D. in school psychology from Illinois State University. He completed his doctoral internship and fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, continuing his work in the assessment and treatment of children displaying severe/challenging behavior. During this time, Jesse became a BCBA-D and a licensed psychologist. Jesse then spent several years expanding ABA services in North Iowa as the Clinical Director of the One Vision Children’s Autism Center, and serving as President of the Iowa Association of Behavior Analysis and co-founder of the North Iowa Autism Summit. Jesse’s research and applied interests lie in assessing and treating severe/challenging behavior, staff training, and systems development.
Lauryn Toby, Ph.D., BCBA, HSPP
Dr. Lauryn Toby is a licensed clinical psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at LittleStar ABA Therapy Center. Her work focuses primarily on the clinical assessment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and related disorders. Dr. Toby received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Illinois State University and completed her doctoral internship and fellowship at the Neurobehavioral Unit – Outpatient Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her background and training is in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders utilizing the techniques of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Before coming to LittleStar ABA Therapy, she spent time in rural North Iowa working to establish diagnostic services in an area without many resources. Dr. Toby has previously taught courses in Applied Behavior Analysis for the Master’s in ABA program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has been a contributing author to multiple books on the topic of co-morbid conditions in individuals with developmental disabilities.
Salary, Benefits, and Support
Salary for the 2023-2024 Training Year: $35,000
Benefits provided at this site include:
- 112 hours of PTO (vacation / sick leave)
- 24 hours of Professional Development
- Professional liability insurance
- Medical, Dental, Vision, Pet Insurance
- Short and Long Term Disability
- Life Insurance
LittleStar ABA observes the following 9 holidays:
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Day After Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
The intern will receive their own laptop and operate out of their own office space. They will have access to our internal Insurance/Billing, Human Resource, and finance departments and can call or chat remotely with our off-site IT company, Gadellnet.
The mission of LittleStar ABA Therapy is to inspire, serve, and guide all those touched by autism to achieve a better reality.
Who We Are
LittleStar ABA Therapy is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to serve the needs of children and families affected by autism. LittleStar began as a small clinic located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has grown to provide services to hundreds of children across 6 locations throughout the state. All services are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most evidence-based treatment for individuals on the autism spectrum, as identified by the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project. Services are provided across the lifespan, in multiple locations (i.e., clinic, home, school, and community), and emphasize the family as much as possible. Treatment focuses on the reduction of autism symptoms through the expansion of social skills, independent living skills, and reduction of problem behavior. While treatment had been the primary focus of service for several years, there was a growing need for early identification as families reported long waitlists to receive an autism diagnosis. To address this need, LittleStar expanded its service offerings, and in 2017 began providing Diagnostic Services. Since its inception, the Diagnostic clinic has assessed hundreds of children, helping identify the most appropriate services, including ABA for children with autism, and more appropriate alternative services if a diagnosis of autism is not warranted. The Diagnostic Clinic is located in Carmel, Indiana, but LittleStar is looking to expand this service to other locations across the state to further meet this area of need.
Life in Carmel, IN
Carmel, Indiana is a fast-growing, economically-thriving suburban edge city on the North Side of Indianapolis. Home to about 91,065 residents (2016 U.S. Census Bureau), the once sleepy suburban community has been transformed over the past 20 years by ambitious redevelopment projects that have led to the making of a vibrant city that is no longer simply a place to sleep at night.
For more information on the City of Carmel please visit www.carmel.in.gov