Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

Spring 2016 

Position: Research Intern
Student: Psychology Senior

Johnson Center for Child Health and Development is a center that focuses on children with autism and developmental disabilities. Although we have a small office in Austin, there are clients that come from forty nine states and fifty four countries. We offer services from an Applied Behavioral Analysis, a child life specialist, a nutritionist, a counseling psychologist, a doctor and a nurse. In addition to that, Johnson Center focuses very heavily on research. Research is one of the most effective ways to come up with new treatments and interventions for children with autism. This comes in terms of labs and in terms of collecting data from parents and caregivers. Their mission is to “to advance the understanding of childhood development through clinical care, research, and education.” 

I can say from experience that they truly carry those values in mind with each thing that they do. From having special programs for siblings and families, to educating the community on autism research, they dedicate everything that they do to their mission. Last semester my role was to score the Parental Stress Index Reports and the Pervasive Developmental Disorder Behavioral Inventories. This semester my role was a research assistant under the Effectiveness of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. We are surveying parents and caregivers that have already implemented the SCD and evaluating how effective it was in terms of GI issues, behavioral patterns, and food selectivity. 

Beyond all of those things, Johnson Center makes every intern and employee feel like they are a valuable member of the team. This ranges from celebrating every person’s birthday to making sure that every intern is going in a good direction for the future.

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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508