Coney Island Hospital Psychology Externship Program

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: _Coney Island Hospital Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator: _Josephine Loiacono-Donovan, PsyD

Street Address:

                     2601 Ocean Parkway
                     Brooklyn NY 11235
                     Hammet/Psychiatry Building
                     Corner Ocean Parkway & Avenue Z

Contact Information:

Telephone:718 616 5305
Fax: 718 616 5514

General Information

Start Date: September 2017
End Date: June 30, 2018 

Appropriate for:

  • _Clinical_
  • _Counseling_
  • _Child clinical_
  • _Combined school/child clinical_

_e.g., Tuesdays required, 2 days a week, 8 hrs per day, flexibility in scheduling_

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

_e.g., 3rd year

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications not accepted before January 17, 2018

What materials need to be submitted?

2 letters of recommendation
School Transcript Two samples of written clinical material (psychological test report and/or case summary)
Letter of readiness

How should it be submitted? email: to Dr. J. Loiacono-Donovan at the above address

Description of Externship

Coney Island Hospital offers psychology graduate students a 9 month unpaid externship working with adults, teens and children across a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders and using a wide array of interventions: Individual therapy using CBT, psychodynamic, ACT; group therapy, including basic DBT; and family therapy in our Outpatient Department. Students are also afforded opportunity to train/participate in Group Psychotherapy on in-patient units, as well as to work in our Chemical Dependency Program. Psychological testing is part of training, including personality assessment for in-patient population. Students are afforded at least two hours of supervision weekly.

The population served by Coney Island Hospital is diverse, interesting and challenging, and includes: The seriously and persistently mentally ill, patients with trauma, interpersonal difficultiy, anxiety issues, substance abuse, forensic and medical issues. This externship affords the psychology student an opportinty to begin to explore and expand her/his skils as a psychologist, to better understand the myriad of issues that challenge our patients, and to become familir with the role of psychologist in a hospital setting.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Seriously and Persistently mentally ill


Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Mental Status Exam
Cognitive Assessment

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

_Approx 6 full batteries_

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

_Approx 6._


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 3 Estimated hours/week of didactics:2