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Externship Opportunities

Selected pre-doctoral students from area graduate schools engage in the externship program. These psychology externs develop competencies in psychological testing and psychotherapy under the close supervision of faculty psychologists.

For more details on the Manhattan and Westchester externship tracks, please go to the FDU Psychology Practicum Wiki Page. There you can review updated information on the New York Presbyterian Hospital—Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division externship tracks.

http://psychpracticum.fdu.edu/index.php/All_Sites

Neuropsychology Externship - Manhattan

Neuropsychology Externship Opportunities - NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center - Manhattan

Inpatient Neuropsychology

Payne Whitney Manhattan offers advanced externship training in neuropsychological assessment of inpatients in two settings:

  • An acute inpatient psychiatric unit;
  • An acute inpatient medical rehabilitation medicine unit. The trainees’ core experience  includes learning about the brain-behavior functioning of psychiatric patients through the use of neuropsychological evaluations. 

The patient population presents a wide variety of functional impairments due not only to their broad range of psychiatric difficulties, but also to comorbid conditions such as attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, alcohol and polysubstance abuse, and neurological disorders such as seizure disorder, stroke, head trauma, or dementia.  In addition, externs will have the opportunity to see patients suffering from acute neurological conditions within a rehab setting.  The most common neurologic conditions include stroke, tumor, and post-operative cognitive dysfunction.  Trainees will be supervised by clinical neuropsychologists and neuropsychology fellows who have a specific interest in the implications of neuropsychological functioning for treatment planning and rehabilitation within psychiatric and medical populations.   Didactic opportunities include clinical case conference, Neurology, Neuroradiology, and Neurosurgery rounds as well as Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and other relevant training opportunities available during the year.  

Applicants should send a statement of interest, a CV, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Faith Gunning at fgd2002@med.cornell.edu.

Cross-lifespan, Outpatient Neuropsychology

Payne Whitney Manhattan also offers advanced externship training in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults in an outpatient psychiatric setting. The trainees’ core experience will be to learn about neurodevelopment and brain-behavior functioning in individuals across the lifespan. The patient population presents with a wide variety of functional impairments due to psychiatric and/or neurologic conditions. Trainees will be supervised by a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who has a specific interest in providing treatment recommendations and intervention strategies based on the results of the neuropsychological assessment. The trainees will have the opportunity to attend neuropsychology didactics, clinical case conferences, and Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Applicants should send a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Chaya Gopin at cbg9005@med.cornell.edu.

Psychology Externship - Westchester

Pre-Doctoral Psychology Externship Program - NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division

Program Overview

Weill Cornell Psychiatry offers externship opportunities in clinical psychology based at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division in White Plains, New York. Externs are mentored and supervised by Weill Cornell faculty. Externships are offered in the following areas:               

  • Neuropsychology
  • Inpatient CBT for Affective Disorders
  • Inpatient CBT on a Women’s Unit
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Treatment/Research
  • Inpatient DBT on a Personality Disorders Unit
  • Inpatient CBT on NYP/Westchester Specialty Unit

All clinical activities are intensively supervised by a licensed psychologist. Trainees are expected to attend weekly research and clinical supervision meetings. They are also strongly encouraged to attend Psychology and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and other training opportunities available during the year. Additional experiences are available that include attendance at seminars, case conferences, and unit rounds.

  • Length: The year-long externships will run from July 1st, 2015 to June 30th, 2016
  • Time: 2 days per week or equivalent (16 hours weekly)

Externship Application Process

  1. To apply to the externship, applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of clinical experience and areas of interest, and two letters of recommendation. (Individual tracks may require additional material, which will be specified in the track description).
  2. Applicants should clearly specify which track they are applying to in the email or brief cover letter that accompanies their submission.
  3. Application material will be accepted from January 20th, 2015 to February 5th, 2015. Interviews will take place in February.
  4. Application material should be emailed or mailed directly to Ms. Nina Huza at nih9002@nyp.org  (see mailing address below).

Email submissions are preferred, but all application material (particularly letters of recommendations) will be accepted by mail:
Ms. Nina Huza nih9002@nyp.org
NewYork Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division
Outpatient Department
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605

Neuropsychology Track

NYP/Westchester offers externship training in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults in an inpatient psychiatric setting.  Two of the positions will emphasize adult cases and one to two positions will emphasize child cases.  The trainees’ core experience will be to learn about the brain-behavior functioning of psychiatric patients through the use of neuropsychological evaluations.  Evaluations include the administration and interpretation of cognitive, personality, and mood measures.  The patient population presents a wide variety of functional impairments due not only to their broad range of psychiatric difficulties, but also to comorbid conditions such as attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, alcohol and polysubstance abuse, and neurological disorders such as seizure disorder, stroke, head trauma, or dementia.  Trainees will be supervised by clinical neuropsychologists who have a specific interest in the implications of neuropsychological functioning for treatment planning and rehabilitation within psychiatric populations.  The trainees are welcome to attend the bi-weekly Neuropsychology Case Conference and Functional Neuroanatomy didactics and are encouraged to attend Neuropsychology Bed Rounds, Psychology Rounds, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and other training opportunities available during the year.  In addition to the assessment component of the rotation, there is opportunity to serve as a co-leader of outpatient psychotherapy groups if the trainee chooses to do so. 

If you would like to speak with someone prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Gunning at 914-997-8643 or at fgd2002@med.cornell.edu.  Applicants should specify the emphasis (adult or child) of interest.

Inpatient CBT for Affective Disorders

The Affective Disorders Unit (6 North) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division invites applications for a new psychology externship in 2013-2014.  The Affective Disorders Unit is a 25-bed acute inpatient unit serving adults 18 years of age and older who have primary diagnoses of major depressive, bipolar, and schizoaffective disorders.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the primary mode of psychotherapy on the unit.  The externship offers supervision in conducting cognitive-behavioral assessment, formulation, and treatment, both individual and group.  There are opportunities to attend CBT didactic course and case conference.  Interaction with a strong interdisciplinary treatment team is a highlight of this externship.  Opportunities for treatment of anxiety and psychotic symptoms from a CBT perspective are also available. 

If you would like further information prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Wilkins at 914-997-5411 or at vmw2001@med.cornell.edu.

Inpatient CBT on a Women’s Unit

Payne Whitney Westchester offers externship training in inpatient treatment and research on its Women’s Unit. The Women’s Unit provides comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment in an inpatient setting. The patient population presents with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including severe anxiety and depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis, and substance use and personality disorders. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with the multidisciplinary treatment team, promoting cognitive-behavioral interventions throughout a variety of patient interactions. In addition, trainees will be involved in an ongoing research project. The extern’s core experiences will include: 1) co-facilitating cognitive-behavioral group therapy in conjunction with a staff co-therapist; 2) completing assessments of patients with a variety of measures; 3) involvement in research design and implementation, data collection, analysis, and publications.

If you would like further information prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Wilkins at 914-997-5411 or at vmw2001@med.cornell.edu.

Inpatient and Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Treatment/Research

New York Presbyterian Hospital--Westchester Division is offering an externship track focused on specialized cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. Externs in this position will learn exposure-based techniques to treat a variety of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety. Externs will spend time on the child inpatient unit and the adult outpatient department at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital—Westchester Division. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient treatment teams, promoting cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders throughout a variety of patient interactions. In addition, trainees will be involved in an ongoing research project on Attention Bias Modification Treatment in anxious youth. The extern’s core experiences will include: 1) co-facilitating cognitive-behavioral outpatient and inpatient group therapy in conjunction with a staff co-therapist; 2) facilitating exposure-based treatments with children and/or adolescents on an anxiety disorders inpatient treatment track; 3) completing semi-structured anxiety interviews; 4) involvement in research design and implementation, data collection, analysis, and publications.

If you would like further information prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Megan Hughes-Feltenberger at 914-997-8688 or via email at meh9033@med.cornell.edu.

Inpatient DBT on a Personality Disorders Unit

Westchester Division is an acute inpatient unit for adults. The Personality Disorders Unit provides comprehensive dialectical behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment in an inpatient setting. The patient population presents with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including personality disorders and severe anxiety and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, in addition to co-morbid substance use disorders and dementia.  Trainees will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary treatment team, promoting cognitive-behavioral interventions through a variety of patient interactions. In addition, trainees will be involved in brief assessments. The extern’s core experience will include:

  1. Co-leading daily CBT and DBT Groups and Morning Goals Group in conjunction with the unit psychologist. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to provide brief, individual treatment to patients.
  2. Attendance at morning unit rounds, weekly case conference, and other didactic opportunities throughout the hospital.
  3. Opportunity to work on research projects and case reports with the possibility of publication.

If you would like further information prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Patricia Marino at 914-997-8691 or via email at pam2029@med.cornell.edu.

Inpatient CBT on the Horizon at Westchester Specialty Unit

The Horizon Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division  offers a special track for Orthodox Jewish patients, designed to meet particular requirements that would significantly enhance the comfort level of certain patients during their hospitalization. The inpatient unit is open to adults, 18 years of age and over, with general psychiatric disorders, and addresses the special needs of patients requiring kosher meals and other cultural accommodations. A flexible schedule allows opportunities for religious observance.  The patient population presents with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including severe anxiety and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders, in addition to co-morbid substance use disorders and dementia. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary treatment team, promoting cognitive-behavioral interventions through a variety of patient interactions.

The extern’s core experience will include:

  1. Co-leading daily CBT Group and Morning Goals Group in conjunction with the unit psychologist. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to provide brief, individual treatment to patients.
  2. Attendance at morning unit rounds, weekly case conference, and other didactic opportunities throughout the hospital.
  3. Opportunity to work on research projects and case reports with the possibility of publication.

If you would like further information prior to submitting an application, please contact Dr. Patricia Marino at 914-997-8691 or via email at pam2029@med.cornell.edu.

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