Albert Einstein College of Medicine Childrens Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (School - Age Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Unit)

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Last Update

February 24, 2014

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (School-Age Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Unit)


General Information

Start Date: September 1

End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:

Child clinical and school psychology doctoral students

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

16 hours per week (two full days OR one full day and two half days) with M-Th availability. Wednesday mornings are required.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Second year students will be considered but third and fourth year students are preferred

Preferred level of readiness (any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Prior assessment experience preferred

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Materials to be submitted

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • De-identified psychological/psychoeducational evaluation report
  • 2 letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

  • Email cover letter, CV, and de-identified report
  • Email or forward letters of recommendation

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Applications will be reviewed in January with interviews scheduled for February. Notification will occur in early March. We anticipate two externship openings per year.

Description of Externship

Population served:

Comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services are provided to a large population of school-age children, ages 6-14, presenting with a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental disabilities and genetic disorders. Complex presentations are commonplace. Those referrals directed to the school-age team typically concern children with known or suspected learning disability, speech/language impairment, attention deficit, intellectual disability, and/or autism spectrum disorder. Associated behavioral, emotional, and/or social adjustment problems often present as well.



Training model:

Interdisciplinary team model consisting of neurodevelopmental pediatricians, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, a social worker, a psychiatrist, and a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

  • Psychological and psychoeducational evaluations that routinely include measures of intellectual, academic, personality/behavioral, executive, memory, language, visual-motor, and adaptive function
  • Intake assessment
  • Opportunities to observe/participate in developmental screenings, parent feedback and follow-up appointments, and evaluations from other disciplines will also be provided

Expected number of assessment batteries completed during externship:

Typically one assessment per week and two intakes per month

Treatment/intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Experiences are primarily assessment focused but individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, parent training, and/or consultation experiences could be possible


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1-2 hours of individual supervision per week
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1-2 hours of group supervision per week
Estimated hours/week of didactics: Externs will have the opportunity to attend monthly grand rounds as well as weekly core lectures with staff and trainees from throughout CERC

Additional Information

The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine provides a broad spectrum of clinical services for infants, children, adolescents, and, despite its name, adults. One of the largest centers of its kind in the United States, CERC is a voluntary, nonsectarian agency whose services are essential components of the care available in New York City and New York State to all individuals with developmental disabilities.
Our school-age unit externship program affords externs the opportunity to develop comprehensive assessment and diagnostic skills while exposing them to a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental disabilities and associated difficulties. Although assessment is the primary focus, treatment services including individual and family therapy, parent training, and consultation may be possible. Externs will gain experience with interdisciplinary models of care and will provide services within a collegial academic medical environment. Training and supervision are provided by psychology staff but additional opportunities to learn from and interact with professionals from other disciplines (e.g., pediatrics, psychiatry, speech and language pathology, social work) are included as well. This externship focuses on school-age children (6-14); however, limited exposure to infant, toddler, and/or adult services may be possible depending on interest and availability. Externs are also encouraged to take advantage of relevant learning opportunities available at the college throughout the year.