Pediatric Psychology Externship
The Pediatric Psychology Externship is offered through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The program is intended for doctoral candidates seeking to develop skills to address the psychosocial aspects of illness and injury and promote positive health behavior among children and families with acute and chronic medical needs.
Pediatric psychology externs participate as a member of our integrated behavioral health team and collaborate with multiple interdisciplinary teams on patient care, clinical programming, and research initiatives.
Your clinical training includes exposure to individual psychotherapy using brief, targeted interventions, often combining aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy–informed skills training, mindfulness, behavior management, parent training, and crisis intervention. You also receive training in primary prevention mental health screening initiatives, integrated care research initiatives, and mental health programming initiatives.
You treat patients with a variety of issues, including chronic pain, functional disability, depression and anxiety, and medication nonadherence. You also have opportunities to co-lead support groups, family-based workshops, and educational series.
In addition to clinical training, you attend weekly case conferences and grand rounds; participate in conducting ongoing studies examining psychosocial outcomes in patients receiving integrated behavioral healthcare; and assist the psychosocial team with mental health program development, implementation, and evaluation.
The externship consists of a 19-hour time commitment each week. Although your schedule is flexible and determined with your supervisor, you’re required to work Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.
How to Apply
We offer one externship position each year. You must be a fourth-year doctoral candidate in a clinical, school–clinical, pediatric psychology, or health psychology program, with at least two years of previous clinical experience providing psychotherapy. You must have at least one year of previous experience delivering cognitive behavioral therapy–based interventions to children and/or adolescents.
To apply, submit a letter of interest, a writing sample (psychological intake reports preferred, no longer than two pages), an attestation letter from your graduate program, two letters of recommendation from professors or clinical supervisors, and your CV to email@example.com (please use the subject line: NYU/ Pediatric Psychology Externship Application 2019).
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 Pediatric Psychology Externship, contact Rebecca Lois, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-754-5021; or Lori K. Evans, PhD, director of psychology externship training, at email@example.com.