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Division of Neuropsychology Neuropsychology Predoctoral Externships

Neuropsychology Predoctoral Externships

For graduate students interested in gaining experience in clinical neuropsychology, the Division of Neuropsychology’s one-year externships provide hands-on training in the care of adults and children. There are opportunities for training at inpatient and outpatient NYU Langone locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn through four distinct clinical neuropsychology externships: an adult externship based in Manhattan, an adult externship based in Brooklyn, an adult externship based in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and a pediatric externship based in Brooklyn.

All externs learn to administer, score, and interpret neuropsychological test batteries administered to patients with a wide range of neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. You also have the opportunity to observe intracarotid amobarbital (Wada) procedures and bedside brain mapping procedures. Individual and group supervision is provided.

In addition to clinical experiences, there are optional opportunities for gaining research experience in ongoing investigations and for developing individual projects to meet requirements for master’s degree and doctoral dissertation research.

Trainees in all four tracks attend case conferences, teaching rounds, and various didactic experiences in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at NYU Langone. These events take place at the Manhattan campus. For Brooklyn-track externs, NYU Langone offers a free ferry between the campuses, with travel taking less than 30 minutes between the two locations.

All trainees receive supervision by American Board of Professional Psychology Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP-CN) board-certified or board-eligible neuropsychologists as well as preliminary exposure to and practice with the board certification process.

The externship training year begins in early July and is complete at the end of the following June. Trainees are required to commit to at least 2 days per week, totaling 16 hours. Current enrollment as a doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology or related field is required. Graduate coursework in neuropsychology and prior testing experience are strongly preferred.

Externships in Adult Clinical Neuropsychology

The externship in adult clinical neuropsychology can be completed through one of the following tracks.

Manhattan Track

Externs participating in the Manhattan track of our adult clinical neuropsychology program work with patients at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Pearl I. Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment. The patient population at these centers is wide-ranging in terms of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Patients are from diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and are typically between the ages of 16 and 90.

Supervision at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is provided by William B. Barr, PhD, ABPP; Christina Morrison, PhD, ABPP; Jennifer L. Rosenberg, PhD; and Lilian Salinas, PhD. Julia A. Rao, PhD, provides supervision at the Pearl I. Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment. For additional questions regarding the Manhattan-track training experience, contact Dr. Morrison at 646-558-0809 or chris.morrison@nyulangone.org.

Brooklyn Track

For externs in the Brooklyn track of our adult clinical neuropsychology program, inpatient experiences occur within NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and outpatient evaluations occur at NYU Langone Brooklyn Medical Arts Pavilion. The patient population at these locations ranges from age 18 to 90 and is highly diverse.

Supervision is provided by Alexander B. Chervinsky, PhD, ABPP. For additional questions regarding the Brooklyn-track training experience, contact Dr. Chervinsky at 718-630-8600 or alexander.chervinsky@nyulangone.org.

Combined Manhattan and Brooklyn Track

Externs in the combined Manhattan and Brooklyn track of our adult clinical neuropsychology program spend six months training in Manhattan and six months training in Brooklyn. Inpatient training sites include Kimmel Pavilion and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and outpatient sites include the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and NYU Langone Brooklyn Medical Arts Pavilion.

Supervision in Manhattan is provided by Dr. Barr, Dr. Morrison, and Dr. Salinas; Dr. Chervinsky provides supervision in Brooklyn.

The order of training experiences, either Brooklyn or Manhattan first, varies. For questions regarding the combined Manhattan and Brooklyn–track training experience, contact Dr. Morrison at 646-558-0809 or chris.morrison@nyulangone.org.

Pediatric Externship in Clinical Neuropsychology

Our division’s externship in pediatric clinical neuropsychology takes place at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. Some outpatient adult evaluation opportunities are available for interested pediatric externs at NYU Langone Brooklyn Medical Arts Pavilion.

As an extern, you learn to administer, score, and interpret neuropsychological test batteries in patients between the ages of 2 and 22 who are receiving outpatient and inpatient workups for a wide range of neurological, medical, and neurodevelopmental conditions. Pediatric externs are supervised by Gianna Locascio, PsyD, ABPP.

You also attend case conferences and various didactic experiences at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. Either Tuesday or Thursday is required for assessment and attendance at our division’s didactics.

This externship is an advanced placement; therefore, graduate coursework in neuropsychology, prior testing experience, and/or exposure to medical populations is strongly preferred but not required. Students should be in their second year of graduate training, or higher, during the application process.

Externship Applications

Applications for the 2019–20 training year are accepted starting on January 22, 2019, and the offer process begins on March 4, 2019. Applicants may apply to multiple neuropsychology tracks simultaneously.

Offers must be responded to within three hours. If you do not respond to an offer within this time frame, that offer may be extended to another applicant.

Interested applicants for the Manhattan, Brooklyn, or combined Manhattan and Brooklyn tracks should email a cover letter, CV, list of psychological or neuropsychological tests you have administered, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Morrison at chris.morrison@nyulangone.org. Be sure to note which track you are applying for.

To apply to the pediatric externship, applicants should email a cover letter, CV, a list of psychological or neuropsychological tests you have administered, and two letters of recommendation to Dr. Locascio at gianna.locascio@nyulangone.org. Be sure to note that you are applying for the Brooklyn pediatric track.

All of our externships comply with the Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS)–New York New Jersey Association of Directors of Training (NYNJADOT) externship guidelines.