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HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center

Department of Psychiatry, IU School of Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

With a longstanding history in translating science to practice within IU Health and other medical and community sites as well as a facilitator of state and community-level interdisciplinary teams, the HANDS in Autism® Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center is making a significant impact in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs as well as their families and caregivers statewide and beyond. The evidence-based behavioral and educational practices at the core of the HANDS Model have had noted feasibility and practicality to providers and other stakeholders across settings (educational, medical/clinical, home/community). In addition, though the focus and expertise of HANDS is well recognized in ASD and related disabilities, consumers and stakeholders alike appreciate that the same behavioral and educational principles and practices are relevant and useful to a wide range of individuals across functioning levels and the lifespan.

Learn more about the HANDS in Autism® Center, its mission and vision, and the breadth of opportunities that are facilitated through our work at

Program Assistant

Position overview

Program assistants provide program-level support for the HANDS team and may engage in a variety of efforts in support of the HANDS team.


Program Assistants will may engage from 6-10 hours/week. Ongoing responsibilities are overseen and supported by the HANDS leadership and administrative team; however, various duties will provide opportunity to work within the dynamic team-based environment.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
  • program-level support of staff working with children and adults with disabilities;
  • preparation for programming & events;
  • coordination of community events and awareness efforts;
  • specialized support for programs (e.g., informatics & new media, PR & marketing, business development, public health & policy, social services) 

Learning Outcomes

In accordance with the IUPUI Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success, student support assistants will gain insights, applied practice, and ongoing mentoring to gain skills as an effective:
  • Communicator – The ability to listen, write, and speak effectively.
  • Innovator – The ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within a specific timeframe.
  • Community Contributor – The ability to demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.

Preferred Qualifications

Desired Minimum Qualifications:
  • Availability of 6-10 hours/week is preferred.

Education and Experience:
  • Enrollment as a student within Indiana University and access to or ability to work on the IUPUI campus
  • Candidates with experience in public health or other related health services fields are encouraged to apply
  • Applications from universities across Indiana will be considered if participation is part of a coursework or program requirement