Child Mind institute - Healthy Brain Network

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Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Training

Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Community Mental Health Externship

The Child Mind Institute (CMI) offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship focused on community mental health working for the Center for the Developing Brain’s Healthy Brain Network (HBN) research study. 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 developing expertise in conducting and interpreting psychological assessments (including cognitive, achievement, language, neuropsychological and social-emotional components), report writing, and treatment recommendations for a community based research program. The extern may be involved in presenting assessment findings to, and discussing cases with psychiatrists, psychologists and speech/language pathologists.

The HBN is an exciting new initiative aimed at collecting imaging, genetic, and phenotypic data from 10,000 children and adolescents. All participants within the study receive free mental health, learning, and language evaluations, as well as a feedback session and report. HBN is currently utilizing an innovative 39-foot mobile research vehicle to provide these comprehensive evaluations directly to communities across NYC in need of mental health services. Working under the supervision of a clinical psychologist, the extern will assist in conducting components of the evaluation both on the vehicle and within our data collection centers. The extern may also assist with meetings, events, and workshops focused on developing community partners and recruitment of study participants.

Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in community mental health, conducting cognitive testing, and further gaining experience writing concise feedback reports. Our training model includes a range of within-center trainings, participation in case conferences, weekly supervision with senior clinicians, and frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians during testing, assessment collection, psychological interviewing, and treatment planning, while engaging in community outreach efforts. The extern will work at the Child Mind Institute midtown office, and on the HBN Mobile Research Vehicle (MRV). The MRV provides evaluations to participants throughout Brooklyn. The extern will be required to meet the MRV in Brooklyn on the days they are working at this mobile location.

Healthy Brain Network Clinical Staff

Michael Milham, MD, PhD is the Director of the Healthy Brain Network. He is a board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a research psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, an internationally recognized expert in open science and neuroimaging, and founding director of the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Milham is a leader in using open science to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Dr. Milham received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and MD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Milham completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University.

Charissa Andreotti, PhD is a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Manager for the Health Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her doctorate in clinical psychological science from Vanderbilt University. She completed an APA-approved internship at Yale University School of Medicine with a specialization in neuropsychology and post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD is a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and her doctorate in school psychology from St. John’s University. She holds a Bilingual Extension in which she acquired specialized training in providing culturally sensitive and evidence based psychological treatment for individuals of all backgrounds and ages. Rebecca completed post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Amy Racanello, MSEd, PhD, earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, her first master’s degree and advanced certificate in School Psychology from Brooklyn College, and her second master’s degree and doctoral degree from the Educational Psychology Department at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Amy completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and was the DeHirsch-Robinson Fellow at Columbia Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian (CHONY).

Jennifer Andersen, PsyD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University’s Post Campus. Dr. Andersen completed an APA-accredited internship and a post-doctoral training year at Andrus, and outpatient mental health clinic in Yonkers, where she provided therapy for children and families and conducted psychological assessments.

Batya Bronstein, PsyD is a Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in Child Clinical-School Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Bronstein has extensive experience providing psychotherapy and evaluating children and adolescents. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she provided therapy to child victims of abuse and neglect as well as conducted specialized forensic psychological evaluations of children and caregivers.

Emily Hart, PhD is an Associate Psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. During her clinical internship at University of Rochester Medical Center, Emily completed rotations in an outpatient clinic, an inpatient unit, and a general pediatrics clinic. Following internship, Emily was a postdoctoral fellow at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House of Hackensack University Medical Center, where she provided forensic evaluations and trauma-focused therapy to children and families affected by abuse and neglect.

Kip Thompson, PhD is an Associate Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. He received his doctoral degree in Psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Thompson completed an APA-accredited internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center where he conducted school-, clinic-, and home-based family, play, and individual therapy. Later, Dr. Thompson completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Leadership Education in Adolescent Health at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

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 child assessment if possible. Please address the cover letter to Dr. Rebecca Neuhaus, Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network and Dr. Jill Emanuele, Director of Training.

Applicants must indicate in their cover letter that they are applying to the Community Mental Health Externship for the Healthy Brain Network. 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:
    Intakes & Assessments
    Externs will 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 Dr. Neuhaus, and additional clinical psychologists rotating on the RV. This will allow the Extern to work with numerous clinicians during there time with the study.
    Opportunities to participate in research may also be available. The goal of the Healthy Brain Network study is to find biological markers — brainwave signals, images, maybe even blood signatures — that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and learning disorders from an objective biological perspective. The extern can get involved in ongoing projects or papers, as well as pursue personal areas of interest.
    Didactics and Case Conference
    Case conference will take place approximately 1-2 times per week. 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 can also participate in weekly research-focused didactics led by Dr. Milham.
    1.5 hours per week. Individually as needed. Extern supervision is 1:1 with Dr. Neuhaus, supplemented individually with other clinical faculty. Much of the supervision will also happen in-vivo in the context of observing evaluations.
    Externs may assist in presentations to professional and community 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.


If you have any questions regarding specific information about the Community Mental Health externship program, contact Rebecca Neuhaus, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Healthy Brain Network 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