Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute - Anxiety Disorders Clinic (PTSD-Research and Treatment Program)

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: PTSD Research and Treatment Program

Name of Director/Coordinator: Ari Lowell, PhD

Street Address:

New York State Psychiatric Institute, Suite 3302
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit #69
New York, NY, 10032

Telephone: (646) 774-8013

Fax: (646) 774-8105

Email: [1]

Webpage: :

General Information

Start Date: July 30th, 2018
End Date: August 1st, 2019

Start and end dates are flexible.

Appropriate for:


Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Minimum 16 hours a week required, up to 20 hours allowed for advanced applicants. Tuesdays preferred, second day is flexible. One evening per week preferred (and recommended) but not required.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Applicant must be in 3rd year of training or above, and must complete requirements for Masters within 1 month of start of externship.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Prior experience with trauma and/or military culture is preferred.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No, Applications not accepted before January 16th, 2018

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of readiness
  • We require a letter from the Director of Clinical Training stating that the work conducted by an extern will be covered by their psychology program's liability insurance coverage

How should it be submitted?

Email to Dr. Lowell at address listed above.

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

Applications are accepted through January 21st, 2018. Candidates to be interviewed will be invited no later than February 1st. Candidates will interview with Dr. Lowell and with either Dr. Yuval Neria, Director of the PTSD Research and Treatment Program, or with Dr. John Markowitz. No offers will be made before February 26th. PLEASE ENTER "EXTERNSHIP APPLICATION" AS SUBJECT LINE OF APPLICATION EMAIL.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Culturally and ethnically diverse populations
Military veteran

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:


Training models offered:

Prolonged Exposure
Interpersonal Psychotherapy

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Training is offered in each of these modalities. Additional forms of therapy, including emotion-focused therapy for couples, may be available.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy
Couples Therapy
Telemental Health

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Individual psychotherapy is expected, but other modalities may be more limited.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 3-6 individual therapy cases, up to 1 group. The extern will also conduct 2-3 full intake evaluations/assessments per week.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Clinical assessment/intake
Structured interview, including CAPS, SCID, MINI, HAMD

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:


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


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



Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2-3, depending on availability and interest

Program Description

The PTSD Research and Treatment Program is housed within the Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC) at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, and directed by Dr. Yuval Neria. Our program maintains several active protocols, including an NIMH-funded brain imaging study and the NYP Military Family Wellness Center (MFWC), a treatment and research center that offers mental health services to US veterans and their families. Our mission is to improve the lives of people exposed to trauma via translational research and innovative treatments. We are a research clinic, which means that our patients receive assessment and treatment as part of our research studies.

The externship will provide extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, as well experience in the assessment and treatment of other mood disorders, such as other anxiety disorders and depression. The extern will conduct assessments with patients seeking entrance into our research and treatment programs, as well as individual psychotherapy with veterans and family members seeking treatment within the MFWC. Group therapy, telemedicine, and other delivery modalities may be offered depending on availability and interest.

We offer training in Prolonged Exposure (PE), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and other modalities depending on interest and availability. In addition, our psychology extern will be trained in unstructured and structured clinical assessment, including the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM (SCID-5), Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5), MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview, Hamilton Depression Scale (HAM-D), and other relevant measures, including self-report measures such as the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5), and others. Participation in research activities, including the development of professional presentations and publications, may be possible, and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Didactic opportunities include: 1) participation in the ADC scientific research meeting, where our team discusses relevant papers, presentations, and grants, 2) participation in our weekly team PTSD meeting; and 3) attendance at the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, where nationally and internationally famous researchers present their data on a wide range of topics in psychiatry and psychology. Additional didactic and training opportunities are announced throughout the academic year, and attendance is encouraged, if possible given the extern’s schedule and other responsibilities. Individual supervision will be provided for a minimum of 1.5 hours weekly with a licensed, clinical psychologist, in addition to 1.5 hours of weekly group supervision with Dr. John Markowitz, a leader in IPT.