Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Name of Director/Coordinator: Lindsay Gerber, PsyD

Street Address: 320 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128

320 East 94th Street
New York
NY 10128

Telephone: (212)-423-2070



General Information

The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC) is the seat of the Division of Adolescent Medicine of the Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The MSAHC is a freestanding outpatient facility, which provides confidential, comprehensive, medical, mental health, dental, optical, health education and wellness services to young people ages 10-24. The MSAHC was the first healthcare service in New York State created specifically to serve adolescents. Over the past 50 years, we have offered comprehensive care to adolescents throughout the city. Today, the MSAHC stands as the largest program of its kind in the country and is recognized as a successful model for other adolescent-targeted healthcare efforts around the world. The MSAHC sees approximately 11,000 adolescents each year and provides mental health services to about 1,000 adolescents each year. All of the services at the MSAHC are confidential, do not require parental consent (although family involvement is encouraged), and are provided regardless of ability to pay. In addition, the MSAHC serves as a training site for psychology interns and externs, medical residents, adolescent medicine fellows, psychiatry fellows, social work interns and legal interns.

Start Date: July 1

End Date: June 30

Appropriate for:

Doctoral students in clinical, counseling, school or combined programs


The externship is 20 hours per week, spread over 2.5 days. Mondays and Tuesdays are required days.

Required level of readiness:

3 Extern Posistions will be available for Doctoral students. Prefer applicants in their 4th year of training (may consider highly qualified 3rd year applicants)

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Applications accepted beginning of January 2019

What materials need to be submitted?

  • BRIEF Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter of readiness
  • A de-identified psychological testing report

How should it be submitted?

Please combine materials into 1 PDF in the following order: (1.Cover Letter 2. CV 3. Letters of Recommendation 4. Letter of Readiness, 5. de-identified psychological testing report), and email PDF to the Assistant Director of Psychology Training & Education, Coordinator of the Externship program at

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

MSAHC serves children, adolescents and young adults aged 10-24. Therefore, externs will gain experience working with young people at different points of development. In addition, externs gain experience in family therapy and collateral work with parents. The majority of young people who seek services are doing so free of charge and live in underserved communities throughout New York City. A unique aspect of MSAHC is that many of the young people we serve are also seeking medical, legal or other services at MSAHC, giving externs the opportunity to be part of a truly multidisciplinary team. All mental health services at MSAHC are provided on an outpatient basis.

Training models offered:

Family Systems
Trauma-Informed approaches

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Each extern is assigned 7-9 therapy cases. These cases are comprised of a mixture of individual and family therapy. Cases are assigned through weekly intake evaluations. Externs conduct intake evaluations until their caseloads are full. Externs also are responsible for co-leading a therapy group with another trainee or with a permanent staff member.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Each extern will receive training in psychological assessment. Externs can expect to complete 2-3 comprehensive psychological assessments over the course of their training year. These batteries are typically comprised of cognitive, achievement, personality and social-emotional assessment. Neuropsychological measures are used as indicated.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2
Externs also attend a weekly mental health treatment team meeting. In this meeting, trainees and staff members present and discuss therapy cases.