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

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Last Update

Oct 16, 2017

Contact Information

Name of Externship:

North Shore LIJ Health System - Outpatient Geropsychiatry Clinic

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Rita Ryan

Street Address:

Zucker Hillside Hospital Campus
Geropsychiatry Clinic
75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Telephone: 718-470-8449


Email: [1]

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

General Information

Start Date: September 1 (will consider earlier summer start however for students requesting Summer 2018 through Summer 2019 placement or for those seeking more than 12 months experience)
End Date: August 31st

Appropriate for:


The applicant must be a candidate for the Ph.D or Psy.D in psychology program in clinical or counseling psychology or be enrolled in a qualified respecialization program.
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

16 hrs per week; Fri 8:30am - 2pm required

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

2nd yr minimum

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

3rd yr of training

Is there a stipend for externs?

Unfortunately, no

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 16, 2018?


What materials need to be submitted?

See website (please indicate preferred concentration)

How should it be submitted?

via email when possible

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. 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. See brochure for additional details and specifics on application process.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

60yrs of age and above, community dwelling adults
Ethnic Minorities
Partial Hospital Program - 12 month rotation
Outpatient - 12 month rotation (A typical patient might be a retired, cognitively intact 70yr old dealing with depression and anxiety. Often excellent therapy candidates. If a student does have a particular interest in dementia cases, we may be able to provide some ancillary experiences.
Exclusive Inpatient Concentration: Assessment, Group and Individual Psychotherapy - see brochure on website

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

Please review website for clarification

Training models offered:

Psychodynamic (for Ambulatory Concentration)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy

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

IPT module is taught as part of Geropsychology Seminar. Cases or direct clinical supervision not guaranteed.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy - with Geropsychiatry Partial Hospital patients (possibly also with out patient clinic patients)
Family/couples Therapy - possible
Diagnostic Intakes (for Ambulatory Concentration)

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
Intake experience is offered as schedule permits

 Expected number of cases seen at any one time: 4-6 

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

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

Diagnostic Intake (interview-based), with in-vivo supervision: weekly

Psychological Testing experiences are supplemental and not guaranteed, this is primarily a therapy rotation


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: minimum of 1.0 weekly
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: minimum of 1.0 weekly (group therapy)
Estimated hours/week of didactics: minimum of 1.0 (weekly Gero Psychology Seminar). Optional seminars such as Adult Track Externship Seminar, Case Conference, Journal Club, Grand Rounds etc., available as schedule and interests permit.
Possibility of additional supervision with Gero Psychology Fellow for in depth instruction on a particular therapy case and/or on group therapy