NYU Child Study Center – Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical/Social Learning Program Externship

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December 22, 2016

Contact Information

Child Study Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone
One Park Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, Ny 10016

Telephone: 646-754-4873

Fax: (646)754-9538

Name of Director/Coordinator: Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D.

Email: Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D.


Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship General Information

Externs are sought for the Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship, which serves children diagnosed with autism as well as those with a wide range of social communication difficulties. This externship provides training and experience in both specialized clinical intakes and implementation of evidence-based group therapy treatment. As children with autism spectrum disorders also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions.

New York Campus 6 Externship Positions Available
Research Track 2 Externship
Clinical Tracks 4 Externship

Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship Description

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Clinical Intakes: Externs are responsible for clinical intakes for a wide range of presenting problems related to social challenges. Intakes are conducted with a child and parent/guardian and involve documenting history, assessing the etiology of social challenges, and assessing goodness of fit for treatment. Externs administer and score standardized rating scales and report findings. Externs are trained in risk assessment.
  • Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based group therapy treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based group treatments including PEERS®, Children's Friendship Training, Facing Your Fears, and others. Externs participate as coaches or leaders in 2-3 groups per semester. Externs have the unique opportunity to be involved in child or parent groups depending on interest. Participants in the therapy program range from ages 3-35 and present with a range of clinical disorders.
  • Recruitment and Phone Screens: Externs manage recruitment of children for group programs, including collaborating with multi-disciplinary clinicians in the Medical Center and beyond, the Child Study Center research team, and school-based resources. Externs conduct phone screens to assess eligibility for clinical intake.
  • Other Clinical Activities: Externs may assist in conducting school observations and school-based behavior consultations using a functional behavioral assessment protocol to assist in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation. Externs may participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions or as co-therapists in group treatments. Externs may participate in psychiatric evaluations and feedback sessions.
  • Miscellaneous clinical tasks: Although building the externs' clinical caseloads is our priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed including educational and outreach efforts.

Non-Clinical Responsibilities

  • Weekly ILAA Neuropsychology Training Seminar
  • Weekly individual and group supervision for testing cases
  • Weekly Case Conference (Fridays 9:00AM-11:00AM)
  • Weekly Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00AM-12:15PM)
  • Participation in seminars and other educational opportunities


The extern will receive training in cognitive-behavioral case conceptualization. With the guidance and support of a staff psychologist, the extern will prepare a case presentation to present at a team meeting. Case presentations usually consist of a conceptualization, brief literature review, and overview of the treatment approach. This practice exercise aims to help prepare students for advanced training requirements of internships. Externs can also assist in presentations given to the NYU academic community, as well as to local community organizations and professional groups.

Psychotherapy (Optional)

Psychotherapy experience may be arranged on an individual basis if other supervisors have the availability, though this cannot be guaranteed. Any interest in doing psychotherapy should be discussed during the interview process so that the possibilities can be assessed. Patient populations primarily include children and adolescents with ADHD, ODD, and Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Staff orientation is generally cognitive-behavioral in therapeutic approach.


Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to training scientist-practitioners. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference. Externs collaborate with clinical research being conducted at the Child Study Center on group treatment outcomes.br>

Time Requirement:

  • 16 hours per week, usually spread over two full days with an evening commitment. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to one full day between Monday and Thursday, Friday morning, and another evening.
  • July 2017-June 2018
  • We anticipate that externs will conduct several clinical intakes per week during active recruitment and coach or co-lead at least two groups per semester. br>

Application Process and Contact Information:

Those interested in applying for the Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship Position should submit via csc-psychtraining@nyumc.org the following documents:

  • letter of interest,
  • CV
  • writing sample (intake report preferred)
  • attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship
  • two to three letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors)

Applicants with further questions should contact Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D., Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program, at 646-754-4873 or Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D.

Please note: if you are interested in applying to more than one externship within the Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. In addition, please set the subject line of your email to read which externship so that your application is sorted properly.