Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Predoctoral Externship Training Program in Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology

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Last Update

January 9th, 2018

Description of Externship


The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center is pleased to announce its Predoctoral Externship Training Program in Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology for 2018-2019. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is dedicated to providing trainees unique opportunities to work in a large, diverse, urban medical center, with a special emphasis on assessment and treatment of individuals with a range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Internationally recognized as a leader in brain injury research and clinical care, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine places a particular emphasis on providing services to individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other acquired brain injuries. Reflecting this specialty, the Predoctoral Externship Training Program offers 2 distinct tracks to choose from in 2018-2019, allowing opportunities for trainees to work with individuals at different stages of recovery from brain injury and medical disability.

Prospective applicants will find detailed descriptions of each of the tracks – Acute Inpatient and Outpatient – in the linked brochure below. Please note that the clinical requirements for each track (e.g., minimal hours per week, required days, etc.) and/or the application requirements may differ. Also note that each track is coordinated by a separate member of the training faculty. Therefore, while we strongly encourage applicants to apply to both tracks, separate electronic applications and supporting materials are required for each track, and need to be sent to the appropriate coordinator(s).

General Information:

Start Date: July, 2018
End Date: June, 2019 (Full year required)

Appropriate For:


Populations Commonly Served:

Ethnic Minorities
TBI/Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Injury
Cognitive Impairment
Physical Disability
Medical Illness

Training Models Offered:


Intervention Training Experiences Commonly Offered:

Cognitive Remediation
Individual Psychotherapy
Group Interventions
Family Interventions

Assessment Training Experiences Commonly Offered:

Neuropsychological Assessment
Neurocognitive Screening
Emotional and Behavioral Assessment


Externs will be involved in approximately 8-10 hours of direct patient contact per week.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 (additional hours as needed, depending on caseload)
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1


Track 1: Externs must be available 20-hours/week, distributed over 3 days, with mandatory attendance on Thursday afternoons, from 2-5 pm, for Didactic Seminars and Group Supervision.
Track 2: Externs are expected to be on site 20 hours/week and must be able to work at least two of the following three days – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday – in addition to other days, as necessary, to meet the requirements of the training program (to be arranged by supervisor and extern). All externs must be on site on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 5:00pm.

Application Process

Required level of readiness:

Track 1 & 2 are accepting applications from current advanced-level doctoral students. All applicants must have at least one year of prior psychological testing experience and at least 2 years of prior doctoral-level clinical experience. While prior neuropsychological testing experience is preferred, it is not required.

Do you permit applications before January 17?

No. The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine follows the application guidelines set forth by PSYDNYS and NYNJADOT. In accordance with the most recent guidelines for 2018-2019, we will begin to review applications no earlier than 9:00 a.m., January 16th, 2018 and interviews will be conducted through February 2018. Formal offers of acceptance will be extended via email beginning February 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Please refer to the guidelines for a more accurate and detailed description of the notification and acceptance process.

If you are interested in applying, please send – via email – a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a listing of your graduate coursework, a work sample (intake or testing report), and 2 letters of recommendation, addressed to:

Track 1 - Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation - Coordinator: Cristina Parfene, PsyD

Track 2 - Outpatient Rehabilitation - Coordinator Svetlana.Serova,


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