Child Mind Institute ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center

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Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Training

David Anderson, PhD, Senior Director, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center Externship

The Child Mind Institute (CMI) offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology doctoral programs. Training will focus on behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches with children, adolescents, and their families. Presenting problems most commonly include externalizing disorders, e.g., ADHD and ODD, as well as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

The Child Mind Institute's ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center specializes in assessing children and teens with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disruptive behavior disorders and in providing them with individualized, evidence-based treatments, which help children and caregivers effectively manage maladaptive behavior and reduce symptoms of distress and dysfunction. Further information on specific treatment approaches can be found here

Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in behavioral parent training interventions, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and school-based behavioral consultation. Our training model includes a range of within-center trainings and CMI workshops on these topics, weekly supervision with senior clinicians, and frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians implement interventions, provide school consultation, and engage in community outreach efforts.

ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Faculty

David Anderson, PhD is the Senior Director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center. Dr. Anderson has training and expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral parent training, school-based consultation, and teacher workshops and behavioral coaching. He is devoted to ensuring that children and their families receive quality, evidence-based care, and he is passionate about disseminating these interventions across diverse communities. Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University.

Kristin Carothers, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Carothers is devoted to promoting open dialogue and removing the stigma of child and adolescent mental illness, as well as ensuring that all children and families have access to evidence-based care. Dr. Carothers' training and expertise spans a wide variety of treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the Incredible Years parent & child psychosocial intervention, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). She received her doctorate in clinical child psychology from DePaul University, completed her pre-doctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the St. John's University PARTNERS Program.

Michelle Kaplan, LMSW is a clinical social worker in the ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, selective mutism, and other anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. She has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), parent management training (PMT), and interpersonal psychotherapy for adolescents (IPT-A). She received her BA in psychology at Colgate University and Masters of Social Work at New York University.

Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Rouse's treatment orientation includes an emphasis on providing children and their families with treatments that have been well-studied and demonstrated to work, and his work ensures that parents, teachers, and other caregivers are equipped with needed tools and skills in order to enhance the benefits of treatment. Dr. Rouse has expertise and training in a number of treatments, including parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), positive parenting program (Triple P), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent management training, trauma focused-CBT, and cognitive processing therapy. Dr. Rouse received his PhD in clinical psychology from Emory University, his MSW from Barry University, and his BA from Williams College.

Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA, is a clinical and school psychologist who specializes in working with a variety of mental health disorders, including ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She is strongly committed to providing children and families with individualized care with the most empirically supported treatments. Dr. Silverman is highly experienced in implementing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent management training (PMT), social skills training (SST), anger management training, and school-based consultation and classroom management support. Dr. Silverman also has extensive experience working with underserved populations and is committed to using her skills to raise mental health awareness so that all children can seek and obtain clinically sound treatment and ultimately reach their full potential. Dr. Silverman received her PsyD and MBA from Widener University, her MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and her BA in psychology from Lehigh University.

Application Process

To apply, please submit electronically a cover letter, a current CV, two letters of recommendation and a one to two page clinical case writing sample to The case writing sample should be related to an intervention with a child or teen with ADHD, another disruptive behavior disorder, or an anxiety or mood disorder. Please address the cover letter to Dr. David Anderson, Senior Director, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center.

Applicants must indicate in their cover letter that they are applying to the ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center. Applicants can only apply to ONE externship program at CMI. Applications are reviewed beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in accordance with Consortium Guidelines. Interviews will be by invitation and held in February. Notification of acceptance will begin on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9am.

Below are some of the specific parameters of the externship commitment.

  1. Requirements During Application Process
  2. Required Training Year Dates, Days, & Times
    • July 5, 2017 – Jun 29, 2018.
    • Half-time (20 hours per week), ideally spread over 3 days, two evenings per week, with a preference to be available on Thursdays and Fridays.
    • Please note that the Human Resources department may require certain forms and preparations prior to the start date.
    • There is a mandatory orientation on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
  3. Clinical & Didactic Experiences:
    Externs may participate in conducting intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports. These average two per month. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations will be conducted with Drs. Anderson, Carothers, Rouse, and Silverman on a rotation.
    Evidence-based treatments
    All patients and families will be treated using evidence-based, CBT interventions, and intensive training in these interventions will be provided.
    Individual and family psychotherapy
    Externs will be the primary therapist for a number of cases, including individual therapy, parent training, and school consultation.
    Group Therapy
    The extern may co-lead a maximum of one group at a time. Prior groups have included an evidence-based ADHD social skills intervention, parent training, and family education workshops.
    Vertical Team and co-therapy
    Externs will participate as co-therapists and observe more senior therapists in assessment and treatment sessions.
    Structured school observations
    The extern will conduct school observations and provide on-site intervention in real time, which includes consultation with teachers and live coaching in intervention implementation.
    1.5 hours per week. Individually as needed. Extern supervision is 2:1 with Drs. Anderson & Silverman, supplemented individually with other clinical faculty. Much of the supervision will also happen in-vivo in the co-therapy context.
    Didactics and Case Conference
    Case conference will take place approximately 1-2 times per month, and training seminar will be weekly throughout the year. In addition, externs participate in attending lectures through our Visiting Professor Series, who are renowned experts in mental health, and have the opportunity to meet as a group with each visiting professor.
    Externs may assist in faculty presentations to professional and community groups as well as monthly parent support/education groups. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern's level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
    Writing for our website
    All faculty and trainees may contribute short pieces to our website periodically.
    Miscellaneous clinical opportunities
    While building the externs' clinical caseloads is our highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically relevant activities as needed, e.g., presenting community-based and professional workshops with the faculty. Some participation in research is likely. Externs will also provide school behavioral consultations as needed for certain clients and will have the opportunity to participate in Center programs providing large-scale consultation to area schools.


If you have any questions regarding specific information about the ADHD and Behaviors Disorders externship program, contact David Anderson, PhD, Senior Director, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at or Jill Emanuele, PhD, Director of Training at CMI at

For questions regarding application submission or to verify your application has been received, please contact