Gender & Sexuality Externship
NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers a 12-month predoctoral externship in gender and sexuality at two locations: the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, and the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
The Gender and Sexuality Externship, offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is intended for doctoral candidates who wish to develop skills providing gender-affirming services for transgender and gender-expansive youth, and providing evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders and other mental health needs for this population.
Externs receive training in providing gender-affirming healthcare, including conducting gender assessments for medical interventions and providing weekly psychotherapy services. You also learn to identify mental health vulnerabilities that are common among transgender and gender-expansive patients and provide evidence-based treatments.
As part of your clinical training, you shadow attending physicians as they perform patient assessments and are then observed while performing an assessment yourself. After receiving feedback on your work, you begin conducting individual evaluations independently at the Child Study Center and the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Your responsibilities include providing individual psychotherapy for two to four children with gender dysphoria and other mental health concerns, including anxiety and mood disorders. You also participate as a co-therapist or observer during group treatment programs. These include a group for socially anxious adolescents with gender dysphoria at the Child Study Center and a family support group at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
In addition to clinical training, you attend weekly Gender and Sexuality Service team meetings, case conferences, and grand rounds. With guidance and support from a staff psychologist, you prepare two gender evaluations and cognitive behavioral therapy case conceptualizations and present your treatment approach at a team meeting or case conference.
You also have opportunities to assist with preparing presentations for local community organizations and professional groups and to assist with preparing clinical case studies for publication or presentation at professional conferences. Although this is primarily a clinical externship, staff at the Child Study Center participate in various research endeavors that you can get involved with.
The externship consists of a 16- to 20-hour time commitment each week. Although your schedule is flexible and determined with your supervisor, you’re required to work Mondays at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (9:00AM to 5:00PM) and Wednesdays at the Child Study Center (9:00AM to 5:00PM).
How to Apply
We offer one externship position 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 Gender and Sexuality Externship, contact Samantha Busa, PsyD, at email@example.com or 646-754-5071; Randi Kaufman, PsyD, at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Lori K. Evans, PhD, director of psychology externship training, at email@example.com.