Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Zucker Hillside Hospital: Adult Externship Track

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Last Update

November 3, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship: The Predoctoral Externship Program in Clinical Psychology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center: Adult Psychology Externship at the Zucker Hillside Hospital

Name of Director/Coordinator: Jimmy Kim, Psy.D.
Coordinator: Adult Psychology Externship Training Program

Street Address:

75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Telephone: (718) 470-4844

Fax: (718) 413-1973

Email: jkim@northwell.edu

Webpage: https://www.northwell.edu/research-and-education/graduate-medical-education/training-program-psychology-northwell-health

General Information

Start Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
End Date: Friday, August 31, 2018

Appropriate for:

  • School(*)
  • Clinical
  • Counseling(*)
  • Health

    (*)Given appropriate coursework, knowledge and prior experience
    The applicant must be a candidate for the Ph.D. or Psy.D. in a psychology program in clinical, counseling, school, health, or other relevant area of professional psychology, or be enrolled in a qualified re-specialization program.

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

- Acute Care Concentration: Clinical Focus applicants should be prepared to devote 16 hours over at least three nonconsecutive days a week in a seven-hour day/five-hour day/four-hour day configuration, one of which will be Monday (Monday is a required full day). For example: Monday 7 hours / Wednesday 5 hours / Thursday 4 hours.
- Acute Care Concentration: Combined Clinical/Assessment Focus should be prepared to devote 16 hours over two nonconsecutive days in an eight-hour day twice per week configuration OR a seven-hour day/five-hour day/four-hour day configuration (Monday is a required full day). For example: Monday 8 hours/Thursday 8 hours OR Monday 7 hours / Wednesday 5 hours / Thursday 4 hours.
- Health Psychology (Behavioral Health Concentration): This experience will be divided evenly between a full day on the primary care internal medical program and a second full day as part of an interdisciplinary behavioral cardiology team for a total of 16 hours per week. Thursday must be one of the two required days.
- Health Psychology (Inpatient Medical Concentration): Externs in this placement must be available either for the Monday adult didactic or C/L case conference Thursday mornings. A total of 16 hours per week are required.
- Substance Abuse Concentration: The extern in this concentration will center his/her training on The Drug Abuse Evaluation Health and Referral Services (DAEHRS) at The Zucker Hillside Hospital. Externs in this placement must be available for the Monday adult didactic; A total of 16 hours per week is required.
- Perinatal Concentration: The extern will be a therapist in the Perinatal Psychiatry Program that services women and their partners. Externs in this placement must be available for the Monday adult didactic; A total of 16 hours per week is required.

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

Applicants should have at least one year of prior externship or practicum experience (e.g., for most applicants, they will be in the third or fourth year of graduate school).

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

Not specified.

Is there a stipend for externs?

Unfortunately, no.

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 17?

No. Also, given the high volume of applications that are received, we give priority to those students who submit their applications from the period of Tuesday, January 16th 9am EST until Friday, January 19th 5pm EST. After that time, your application may be considered for a second round of interviews for any of our placements that remain unfilled after February 27th.

What materials need to be submitted?

  1. A cover letter (please indicate which concentration/focus you are applying to),
  2. Your resumé or Curriculum Vitae,
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources (Please Note: it is permissible for the letters to arrive under separate cover),
  4. A de-identified sample of your work (a case summary),
  5. A letter from the head of your doctoral training program attesting to your good standing in the program and your readiness for practicum training. Please include your DCT’s email address.
  6. Please set the subject line of your email to read “Externship Application 2018” to make sure that your application is sorted properly.

Please Note: Please send all requested materials attached in one e-mail. In your cover letter, please indicate which one site is your preference
- Acute Care Concentration [Clinical Focus]
- Acute Care Concentration [Combined Clinical/Assessment Focus]
- Health Psychology: Behavioral Health Concentration
- Health Psychology: Inpatient Medical Concentration
- Substance Abuse Concentration
- Perinatal Concentration
If you would like to be considered for another other site, you may indicate that as a second or third choice. Qualified students will be interviewed for their preferred site. In some cases, applicants may be granted interviews for multiple placements.

You may be contacted for an interview by department staff. On interview, bring a copy of your most recent graduate school transcript (a photocopy is acceptable; if accepted into the externship, a registrar’s original transcript will be required). In compliance with the guidelines promulgated by the regional psychology doctoral programs and accepted by the Psychology Directors of New York State, please do not send any application materials before January 16, 2018.

How should it be submitted?

Via e-mail as directed in the online brochure (see website above)

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

Interviews typically last for 30 - 45 minutes and may include one or more of the clinical staff. Interviews may continue until all slots are filled. Offers are made by e-mail and confirmed by telephone on a rolling basis. An offer for externship placement is made in accordance with the PSYDNYS (Psychology Directors of New York State) and NYNJADOT (New York / New Jersey Association of Directors of Training) Guidelines for Externship Application and Acceptance Process.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

  • Adults
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Inpatient (depending on subtrack)
  • Outpatient

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

Not specified.

Training models offered:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • EXRP
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems/Strategic

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

Model may depend on setting, case type, and supervisor.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

*Please refer to the online brochure for a more detailed description of training experiences

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

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: approximately 10 contact hours (maximum) per week

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

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

Psychological testing is not currently offered as a routine training experience for psychology externs in the adult track (except in the Acute Care Concentration: Combined Clinical/Assessment Focus). However, interested externs may be apprised of testing opportunities as they arise. At times, externs have been paired with interns to work on testing cases. This voluntary experience may involve additional time beyond the 16 hours per week.

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: 2 hours per week (at least 1.5 individual hours with a licensed psychologist)
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour per week (see below)
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hour every two weeks is devoted to meetings which alternate between case presentations, group supervision and didactics with various members of the clinical psychology staff.


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