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

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Last Update

January 3, 2018

Contact Information

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

Telephone: 646-754-4873

Fax: (646)754-9538

Name of Coordinator: Rebecca Doggett, Ph.D.

Webpage: Autism and Related Disorders Externship

Externship Description


Externs are sought for the Autism and Related Disorders Externship, which serves children diagnosed with autism as well as those with a wide range of social communication difficulties. As children with autism spectrum disorder 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. .

Externs on the Individual and Group Therapy track will focus on specialization of clinical intakes and implementation of evidence-based social skills group therapy treatment. Externs on the Clinical Research Evaluation track will focus on specialized assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly psychiatric diagnostic interviewing using the KSADS-PL, with some opportunity for training on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule -2, cognitive assessment, and other research measures. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in one social skills group therapy.

General Information

New York Campus 5 Externship Positions Available

Individual and Group Therapy Track 4 Externs
Clinical Research Evaluation Track 1 Extern

Start Date: July 2018
End Date: June 2019

Individual and Group Therapy Track 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 social skills group treatments offered through the Social Learning Program, specifically PEERS® and Children's Friendship Program. 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.
  • Individual Treatment: Externs will also carry up to 2 individual therapy cases with a child, adolescent, or young adult presenting with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorder.
  • Phone Screens: Externs manage aspects of 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.


Time Requirement for Individual and Group Therapy Track
  • 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, and one additional evening. Group supervision on Wednesday afternoon (1 hour) is required.
  • July 2018-June 2019

Clinical Research Evaluation Track Responsibilities

  • Extensive training in and administration of comprehensive psychiatric interview using the K-SADS PL with parents of children ages 5-11 who present with ASD or ADHD symptoms.
  • Experience writing integrated comprehensive diagnostic evaluation reports for children with ASD as well as ADHD.
  • Some opportunity for training in the ADOS-2 (Module 3), Differential Abilities Scales –II, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – II interview form, as well as brief standardized academic and language testing.
  • Externs will be trained in evidence-based social skills group treatments offered through the Social Learning Program, specifically PEERS® and Children's Friendship Training. The clinical research track extern participates as coach or leader in 1 group per semester. Participants in the group therapy program range from ages 3-35 and present with a range of clinical disorders.


Time Requirement for Clinical Research Evaluation Track
  • 16 hours per week, usually spread over two full days with an evening commitment. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
  • July 2018-June 2019


Required Didactics for Both Tracks

  • Social Learning Program Group Supervision (Individual and Group Therapy track only; Wed afternoon)
  • Research case conference (Clinical Research Evaluation track only; Tue 9am)
  • Weekly individual supervision (TBD)
  • Social Learning Program Group Case Conference (30 minutes prior to or after each SLP group with team)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminar (Biweekly; TBD)


Optional Didactics for Both Tracks
  • Child Study Center Case Conference (Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Child Study Center Grand Rounds (Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
  • The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern's level of experience and comfort in the subject area.

Research Opportunities

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. Both externs collaborate with clinical research being conducted at the Child Study Center on group treatment outcomes.




Application Process and Contact Information



Those interested in applying for the Autism Spectrum Disorder/Social Learning Program Externship Position should submit the following via csc-psychtraining@nyumc.org and set the subject line of your email to read which externship so that your application is sorted properly.

1.) Letter of interest
2.) CV
3.) Writing sample (intake report preferred)
4.) Attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship
5.) 2-3 Letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors)


Applicants with further questions should contact Rebecca Doggett, Ph.D. at 646-754-5152

Important Notice

Applications will not be accepted before January 16th .
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. Please set the subject line of your email to read which externship so that your application is sorted properly. Applicants are limited to 2 application per services within the NYU Child Study Center during each application cycle.