Children’s Hospital of NY Presbyterian -School Based Mental Health Program

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November 30, 2017


The Pediatric Psychiatry Service at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and state and city public mental health authorities, currently provides school-based mental health services in 10 elementary schools throughout Northern Manhattan. Several of the schools sites also include a middle school.

The School-Based Mental Health Program provides on-site clinical, psychiatric, case management, and school-consultation services to children from Pre-K to 8th grade and their families. Our patients have a variety of externalizing and internalizing disorders. The majority of families are bi-cultural and bi-lingual (Spanish/English). Most services are provided on-site at the school with the exception of neuropsychological testing, which will take place at the hospital. Externs will be able to expand their experience by providing individual, family and group therapy, mental health evaluations, teacher/staff consultation, psychological testing, and linkage to appropriate community-based services.

Externs will be supervised by NYS Licensed Psychologists and Board Certified Child Psychiatrists. Specifically, supervision will be broken down accordingly: one hour per week with their primary clinical supervisor regarding evaluation and therapy cases, one hour per week regarding neuropsych testing cases, one and a half hours per week for multidisciplinary team meetings and case presentations, one and a half hour monthly didactic seminar, one and a half hours per week for child and adolescent psychiatry grand round presentations at the NYS Psychiatric Institute.

The Externship will run from July 1st through the end of June, 2.5 days per week, 16 hours. One of the days must be Wednesday for grand round presentations, team meetings, case presentations, and supervision.

Doctoral candidates must be enrolled in at least their 2nd year in an APA-accredited clinical or school psychology program, have experience working with children, have a working knowledge of the DSM-V and child assessment. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Attending our externship program will not affect (positively or negatively) a student’s chances for interviewing for our site’s internship program (at Columbia University Medical Center) in subsequent years. It is unlikely that we will interview students who are also concurrently applying for internship. We typically offer two externship positions each training year.

For more information, interested candidates may contact: Krista Gwon, Ph.D. Email:

To apply, please e-mail the following to Dr. Gwon at letter of readiness from DCT, letter of interest, copy of curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation highlighting clinical skills, and a sample testing report. Applications will be accepted beginning January 16th at 9:00 am. Applications received after January 19th may not be reviewed.

Interviews will take place during the month of February.