Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Zucker Hillside Hospital: Specialized Ambulatory Centers, Combined OCD and Bipolar Externship Track

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Last Update

March 1, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: Northwell Health Combined OCD and Bipolar Track

Directors:Drs. Alison Gilbert and Anthony Pinto

Street Address:

Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ) - Zucker Hillside Hospital
Ambulatory Care Pavilion
75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Telephone: Dr. Gilbert 516-470-8773; Dr. Pinto 718-470-8386

Email: agilbert2@northwell.edu
Email: apinto1@northwell.edu

Webpage: https://www.northwell.edu/research-and-education/graduate-medical-education/training-program-psychology-northwell-health
Webpage: https://www.northshorelij.com/ocdcenter
Webpage: https://www.northshorelij.com/find-care/conditions-we-treat/bipolar-disorder

General Information

Start Date: July 1
End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:


Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling): A minimum two day per week time commitment is required for a total of 16 hours per week. Typical hours include Tuesday afternoon/evening (team meetings and didactics are on Tuesday) and Thursday or Friday but other schedules will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email externship coordinators if any questions about scheduling.

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

The applicant should have at least one year of prior externship or practicum experience (i.e., 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):

Third or fourth year of doctoral program

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

Applications accepted as of January 16

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources
  • A de-identified case summary (NOT a test report)
  • Letter of readiness. Please include your DCTs email address

How should it be submitted?

Email application materials to Dr. Alison Gilbert (agilbert2@northwell.edu) or Dr. Anthony Pinto (apinto1@northwell.edu)
Please set the subject line of your email to read "Externship Application 2018" to make sure that your application is sorted properly.

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

You may be contacted for an interview

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:


Training models offered:

The OCD Center offers specialized care for patients and families impacted by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is characterized by (1) recurrent, intrusive, and distressing thoughts, urges, or images (obsessions) and (2) repetitive mental or behavioral acts that the individual feels driven to perform (compulsions) to prevent or reduce distress, or to prevent some dreaded event or situation. The treatment modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically Exposure and Response Prevention, the gold standard psychotherapy for OCD. Exposure and Response Prevention is integrated with adjunctive therapies, including ACT, emotion regulation, behavioral activation, as needed. The OCD Center also offers evidence-based treatment for related conditions, including self-limiting perfectionism, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder. Individual and group supervision are provided by experts in OCD and related disorders. Externs participate in weekly didactics covering topics related to treatment and professional development.

The Bipolar Center offers specialized care for patients and families impacted by Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder is characterized by episodes of mania or mania and depression. The Bipolar Center offers evidence-based treatments including Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Individual and group supervision are provided by experts in Bipolar Disorder. Externs participate in weekly didactics covering topics related to treatment and professional development. Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) is an evidence-based treatment for bipolar disorder that focuses on establishing regular routines and managing interpersonal stressors. This approach is an adaptation of IPT (interpersonal psychotherapy), an evidence-based approach to the treatment of unipolar depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that focuses on examining thoughts, behaviors and beliefs and the impact that they have on mood, with the goal of challenging maladaptive thinking patterns and behaviors in order to improve mood.

Both centers offer:
Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Personality/Psychopathology Assessment using structured clinical interviews
Mental Status Exam
Comprehensive Assessment of OCD and Bipolar Disorder
Assessment of Family Accommodation of OCD


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hr
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 2 hrs
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1 hr

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