Applicant Investigation Unit: Psychology Division (NYCD AIU) Externship in Police & Public Safety Psychology

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Last Update

February 28, 2017


Please submit a new application if you wish to be considered.

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Contact Information

Name of Externship:

Applicant Investigation Unit: Psychology Division
New York City Correction Department (NYCD)
Externship in Police & Public Safety Psychology

Name of Director/Coordinator: Christopher Sbaratta, PhD

Street Address:

1. NYCD Headquarters
Bulova Corporate Center
75-20 Astoria Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
2. John Jay College of Criminal Justice
North Hall Building – 2nd Floor 445 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019


General Information

Typically the 'First week of September (flexible)
End Date:First week of June (flexible)

Professional Readiness: This externship is most suitable for 3rd, or 4th year doctoral students from a Clinical or Counseling Psychology program. Well-qualified 2nd year students will be considered. Extern applicants are expected to have, at least, a working familiarity with psychological assessment as well as strong writing skills.

Scheduling Commitment: A minimum of 16 hours per week is required, with Wednesdays required for didactic seminar, staff meeting, & group supervision. Other days are flexible based on office space and supervisor availability. Travel to both sites may be needed at times

Is there a stipend for externs? Not at present; inquire on interview.

Application Process

*Immediate Need for Interested Externs - 1/27/17

General Application Deadlines
  • No applications to be submitted before January 17th 2017
  • Rolling application period until February 27th 2017
  • Selected applicants will be notified on March 5th 2017

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of Recommendation from Faculty/Supervisor
  • Detailed Cover Letter
  • Program Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample – Integrated Testing/Assessment report preferred
Otherwise, case conceptualization/therapeutic. Remove all identifying information

How should it be submitted? Application Materials be scanned & submitted in one email to:

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

If positions remain vacant following the initial selection period, additional applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

The New York Correction Department (NYCD) is one of the largest municipal jail systems in the United States. It provides for the care, custody and control of inmates accused of crimes or sentenced to incarceration of one year or less. The Department of Correction, handles approximately 81,000 admissions each year, manages an average daily population of over 11,500 inmates, and employs more than 10,000 uniformed and civilian staff.

The Applicant Investigation Unit (AIU) employs NYS licensed psychologists to perform pre-employment evaluations on Correction Officer (CO) applicants. AIU psychologists make psycholegal decisions on the suitability for positions of public trust (i.e., law enforcement and public safety).

Training models offered:

Non-Therapeutic Program. Assessments/Examinations whose determinations must be able to withstand professional and legal scrutiny. Our psychologists have integrative and/or varied clinical orientations.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

  • Conducting pre-employment psychological evaluations of officer candidates (firearm carrying & unarmed positions).
  • Administering the written psychological examination to officer candidates – Specialized testing for law enforcement selection
(e.g., PAI, CPI, WPT-R).
  • Administering Rorschach evaluations (Exner CS) to correction officer candidates, as needed.
  • Conducting research pertaining to programmatic development and broader topics related to public safety psychology.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Varies according to competency ~ 2-4 Officer Candidates per day

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Specialized Assessment Tests for Police Psychology
Problem Solving & Cognitive Screening
Personality (Objective, Self-Report)
Mental Status Exam

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

Would vary according to time commitment and needs. Each Officer Candidate Assessment results in a synthesized report which incorporates results from all tests (~4-5) with life history, collateral and investigation data

Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:

<5, you may elect to do none or more, it’s up to the student to request, and depends on the complexity of report saught


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: _2_
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: _1 if elected_
Estimated hours/week of didactics: _3 hrs_

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