Katherine Gotham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MichiganB.A., ENGLISH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Research Description
Katherine Gotham is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical interests in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she trained under Dr. Catherine Lord. Dr. Gotham’s early work focused on novel ways to use diagnostic instrument scores as measures of autism severity that can be applied to children across age, IQ, and language levels. She is a co-author on the second edition of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and has been a certified trainer on both the ADOS and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) since 2004.

Dr. Gotham’s current research focuses on emotion processing in autism and emotional health in adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She uses behavioral and psychophysiological methods toward the aims of elucidating mechanisms common to both autism and depression and identifying pathways along which depressed mood might develop within ASD. Her long-term goal is to translate these findings to assessment and treatment protocols that promote emotional health across the lifespan in ASD.
Clinical Description
assessment of autism spectrum disorder; adults with ASD; emotional health and quality of life in populations with developmental disabilities
Clinical Research Keywords
emotion processing; affect and mood in ASD; social reward; adults with ASD
Available Postdoctoral Position Details
Posted: 5/10/2018

Clinical-Research Post-Doctoral Position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

We are seeking a highly motivated recent Ph.D. graduate with research experience in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mood disorders, or affective neuroscience. This position provides an opportunity to join an NIMH-funded investigation of the structure and measurement of repetitive thinking in autism and in depression. Our lab focuses on cognitive and social reward processes as potential contributors to emotional health problems in autism, with the goal of informing targeted treatment development for adolescents and adults with ASD.

Training opportunities will be related to: diagnostic assessment of adults with ASD using standardized instruments; methods in psychophysiological data collection and analysis (EEG, pupillometry, and eye-tracking); producing mentored scientific articles and grant applications; and attendance of regular professional development seminars.

The successful applicant will be responsible for aspects of study coordination and team oversight. We are particularly interested in this postdoctoral associate producing research manuscripts for publication. If the associate has the relevant background to assist with clinical assessment and diagnosis, supervision will be provided that can be applied to license certification. Duties may span additional tasks and projects.

Requirements: Candidates must have a doctorate in clinical psychology, neuroscience, or a related field (or conferral of degree within negotiable period after accepting the position). Excellent written and verbal communication, problem-solving, time management, and supervisory skills are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and within a team. Preference will be given to those with experience in clinical research in autism; psychophysiological and/or quantitative methods; and/or standardized diagnostic assessment procedures. Preference also will be given to candidates with a strong desire to lead independent projects and publish as a first author, those able to make a multi-year commitment, and those eligible to work in the United States.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a national leader in research, and Nashville is ranked as one of the best cities in which to work and live. This is a full-time position, and salary is based on the National Institute of Health pay scale. A Summer 2018 start date is preferred but negotiable. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply, please send CV, statement of research interests, one (1) representative publication or manuscript, and contact information for three (3) references to Katherine Gotham, Ph.D. at katherine.gotham@vanderbilt.edu.