NYU Child Study Center – Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program Externship

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Last Update

January 4, 2016

Contact Information

Street Address:

The Child Study Center NYU Langone Medical Center
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, PhD

Webpage: http://www.med.nyu.edu/child-adolescent-psychiatry/education/advanced-training/child-study-center-psychology-externship-program-2016-2017


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. 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. Our team utilizes evidence-based behavioral treatments, including applied behavior analysis. Externs will gain experience in implementing evidence-based group therapy treatments.

The number of Externships Available: New York Campus: 6 Externships

Start Date: July 2016
End Date: June 2017

Externship Description

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Intervention: Responsibilities include recruiting, phone screening, and intake evaluations for the Social Learning Program, which serves individuals 3-28. Externs will serve as coaches for 2-3 groups and may serve as co-leaders. Externs will also carry one individual therapy case with a child, adolescent, or young adult presenting with autism spectrum disorder. 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.
  • Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in naturalistic Applied Behavior Analysis, including Pivotal Response Treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Externs will be trained in evidence-based group treatments including PEERS, Children’s Friendship Program, Facing Your Fears, and others.
  • Co-therapy: Externs may participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions or as co-therapists in-group treatments.
  • Assessment: Externs may participate in psychiatric evaluations and feedback sessions. They will be expected first to shadow one or more evaluations conducted by an attending or post-doctoral fellow and then to be shadowed by an attending or post-doctoral fellow..
  • 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.


  • Case Conference (Fridays 9:00-10:30 AM)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)
  • 2:1 Supervision (TBD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminar (Alternating Fridays 12:30-1:30 PM)
  • The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community, external professional & community groups. The role will depend on the extern’s level of experience & comfort in the subject area.


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.


  • 16hrs/week, usually spread over 2 full days with evening commitment. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to 1 full day between Monday & Thursday, Friday morning, & another evening.
  • July 2016-June 2017
  • We anticipate that externs will have the opportunity to participate in at least 2 groups & 1 clinical case at a time.

Application Process and Contact Information:

Those interested in applying to these positions should submit via csc-psychtraining@nyumc.org a letter of interest, writing sample (diagnostic evaluation preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, 2 to 3 letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors) and CV via our online application. Please note: if you are interested in applying to more than one externship within the NYU Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. Applicants with further questions should contact Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D. at 646.745.4873 or Sarah Kuriakose, Ph.D.