Child Mind Institute Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center

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Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Training

Jerry Bubrick, PhD, Senior Director, Anxiety Disorders Center

Anxiety Disorders Center Externship

The Child Mind Institute (CMI) offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship in clinical psychology in the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs. Training will focus on cognitive and behavioral approaches with children, adolescents and their families using empirically-based treatments. Presenting problems most commonly include all of the anxiety disorders, the various mood disorders, including self-injury and suicidality, and at times, comorbid diagnoses, such as ADHD and ODD.

The Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center offers a highly unique externship opportunity. The Center offers innovative, unique treatments for children and adolescents suffering from anxiety and mood disorders including the Intensive Pediatric OCD Program, Selective Mutism service, adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and the Trauma and Resilience Program. The clinical externship program is a vital component to the Center's success and provides the externs with a rich clinical experience. Supervision is provided directly by Drs. Bubrick, Busman, Domingues, Dowd, Emanuele, Howard, and Mintzer.

Further information on specific treatment approaches can be found here

Anxiety Disorders Faculty

Jerry Bubrick, PhD is the Senior Director of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center. He is a nationally renowned cognitive and behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He is widely recognized for developing one of the world's most intensive pediatric programs for OCD, and over the past decade he has been a pioneer in CBT treatment of children and teens with OCD and related anxiety disorders. A dedicated advocate for children and their families, Dr. Bubrick is a significant public voice educating parents and teachers about the fear at the roots of anxiety, and how it's effectively treated.

Rachel Busman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents, and is the Director of the Selective Mutism Service. Dr. Busman has extensive experience providing CBT to children, teenagers, and young adults struggling with psychiatric disorders, school difficulties, and behavioral problems. She has specific interest and expertise in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety, specific phobias, and selective mutism.

Janine Domingues, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Domingues has experience in providing cognitive behavioral treatments to children, teenagers, and young adults struggling with anxiety and mood disorders, behavioral problems, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and she has a specific interest in helping children and families who have been affected by single and complex trauma, as well as childhood anxiety disorders including separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Stephanie Dowd, PsyD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Dowd has received extensive training in evidence-based treatments, including CBT, DBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and parent management training. Dr. Dowd has provided exceptional treatment to children, adolescents, and families in a wide range of mental health settings, and is dedicated to empowering children and adolescents with tools to help them build resiliency and effectively navigate the challenges of childhood and adolescence.

Jill Emanuele, PhD is the Director of Training for CMI and a clinical psychologist with a breadth of experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Emanuele has brought expertise in CBT and family therapy to her work with diverse populations of children, adolescents, and their families, in a multitude of treatment settings, and has worked extensively with youth with mood disorders. Dr. Emanuele is also the director of the adherent adolescent and young adult DBT program. Dr. Emanuele is an intensively trained clinician in DBT, with over fifteen years of experience in providing DBT individual and group therapy to adolescents and their families, while supervising and teaching students and clinicians in providing DBT services and mindfulness-based interventions.

Jamie Howard, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Howard is the Director of the Child Mind Institute's Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center Trauma and Resilience Program, which provides evidenced-based trauma treatment and education to the community. Her expertise in treating post-traumatic stress and adjustment disorders across the lifespan is a product of dedication to the most current and effective interventions, combined with her passion for helping children and families adjust to difficult and unexpected life experiences.

Amanda Mintzer, PsyD is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Mintzer has received extensive training and is skilled in delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism and depression. Dr. Mintzer uses a skills-based approach to help children and adolescents navigate through challenging times to help them reach their full potential.

Application Process

To apply, please submit electronically a cover letter, an up-to-date 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, preferably with an anxiety or mood disorder, and should not be a psychological assessment report. Please address the cover letter to Dr. Jill Emanuele, Director of Training, and Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Director of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center.

Applicants must indicate in their cover letter that they are applying to the Anxiety & Mood 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 on a rolling admission basis. 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
    • CMI abides by the following guidelines established by the externship consortium. Those guidelines can be found at:
    • Externs must begin their training year by providing documentation of their Professional Liability Insurance For Graduate Students in Psychology
  2. Required Training Year Dates, Days, & Times
    • July 5, 2016 – 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 Monday, Thursday and Friday.
    • 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 structured and semi-structured intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports.
    Evidence-based treatments
    Patients and families will be treated using evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions.
    Individual and family psychotherapy
    Externs will be the primary therapist for cases, including individual therapy and parent training. Externs will also be involved in intensive treatment cases (e.g. OCD) as they present. Intensive cases are generally treated by teams of clinicians and provide up to five hours per day, up to five days per week of treatment. Once an intensive case is stabilized, they return to the standard outpatient care, and the extern may continue to provide ongoing treatment.
    Treatment Programs
    Externs can receive training in our adherent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for adolescents. Externs participate in Brave Buddies, our intensive program for youth with Selective Mutism, and receive extensive training in providing the treatment. Finally, pending continued funding, externs may have the opportunity to provide a small group intervention to trauma-exposed children and teens in NYC Public Schools as part of the CMI Trauma & Resilience Service.
    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 can have the opportunity to contribute short pieces to our website periodically.
    Supervision, case conference and training seminars
    Externs will receive two hours of group supervision and one hour of individual supervision per week, as well as additional supervision for our specialized programs. 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.


If you have any questions regarding specific information about the Anxiety and Mood Disorders externship program, contact Jill Emanuele, PhD, Externship Director for the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center at CMI, at

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