Autism Spectrum Disorder Externship
NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers a 12-month externship in evidence-based treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Externship, offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is intended for doctoral candidates who wish to develop skills in one of three areas—individual therapy, group therapy, or clinical research evaluation—to serve children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, and other co-occurring conditions.
Externs participate in performing clinical intakes and patient interviews, as well as developing treatment plans and conducting clinical research that involves people with autism spectrum disorder in a variety of settings.
Individual and Group Therapy Tracks
Externs in the individual and group therapy tracks perform clinical intakes for a wide range of social and communication delays, document patient history, assess the etiology of social challenges, and develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans.
You administer and score standardized rating scales, report findings, perform risk assessments, conduct phone screens to determine patient eligibility for intake, and manage aspects of recruitment for group therapy programs. You assist experienced clinicians in school observations, school-based behavior consultations, and in assessing, planning, and implementing treatment plans. You also serve as a co-therapist in individual and group therapy sessions.
In addition, you receive training in delivering social skills group treatments, including the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills® (PEERS®) and the Children’s Friendship Training.
If you are on the individual therapy track, you have a caseload of two cases per semester. If you participate in the group therapy track, you lead two to three child or parent group therapy sessions per semester.
Clinical Research Evaluation Track
Externs on the clinical research evaluation track hone their psychiatric interviewing skills to assess neurodevelopmental disorders. You gain proficiency with the Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia–Present and Lifetime Version (KSADS–PL), the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™, Second Edition (ADOS™-2), cognitive assessment, and other research measures. You also have the opportunity to be involved with one social skills therapy group.
How to Apply
We offer five externship positions each year. To apply, submit a letter of interest, a writing sample (intake reports preferred), an attestation letter from your graduate program, two to three letters of recommendation from professors or clinical supervisors, and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to be considered for more than one externship offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, please indicate all positions of interest in your cover letter. You must submit a separate application to each externship.
For more information about the Autism Spectrum Disorder Externship, contact Rebecca Doggett, PhD, at email@example.com or Lori K. Evans, PhD, director of psychology externship training, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-754-5043.