NYU Child Study Center – Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Externship

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Last Update

January 3, 2018

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)754-4892

Fax: (646)754-9538

Name of Director/Coordinator: Aleta Angelosante, Ph.D.

Webpage: Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Externship

Externship Description

Externs are sought for the Anxiety and Mood Disorders service, which serves children with anxiety disorders (including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as well as mood disorders (including Major Depression and Dysthymia). As children with anxiety and mood disorders also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, Selective Mutism, and other conditions. Our Institute utilizes evidence-based treatments, primarily CBT, HRT, and DBT, to treat these conditions. The position is open to graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program with the terminal degree of Ph.D. or Psy.D.

General Information

New York Campus 1 Externship Positions Available

Start Date: August 2018
End Date: June 2019

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Individual Psychotherapy: Responsibilities include carrying a caseload of 4-6 individual therapy cases with children and adolescents presenting with a variety of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as assisting with in vivo exposures, school observations, and other "special projects" (e.g. intensive treatments, habit reversal therapy).
  • Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for childhood anxiety, OCD, and depression. To address certain comorbidities, other evidence-based treatments may be implemented (e.g., habit reversal therapy to address tics).
  • Co-Therapy: Externs will participate as co-therapists in group treatments. Two groups that are routinely offered are a group for socially-anxious adolescents and a group for the parents of anxious youth.
  • Assessment: Externs will 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. They may then be able to conduct independent psychiatric evaluations.
  • Miscellaneous Clinical Tasks: Although building the externs’ clinical caseloads is our highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed.

Didactic Requirements

  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders Seminar (First Thursday of every month, 12:30-1:45 PM)
  • Anxiety and Mood Disorder Team Meeting (Tuesdays from 1-2 PM) br>
  • 1:1 Supervision (twice weekly, TBD)

Optional Didactics

  • Training seminars from other disciplines (Second, Third, and Fourth Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM)
  • Selective Mutism Supervision Group/Think Tank (Fridays 10:15-11 AM)
  • NYU Child Study Center Case Conference (Fridays 9:00-10:30 AM)
  • NYU Child Study Center Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)


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


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.

Time Requirement

  • 16 hours per week, usually spread over 2 full days or 1 full & 2 half days (weekdays only)
  • Tuesdays or Thursdays required
  • August 2018-June 2019; however, there may be some training requirements in July 2018 (specific dates TBD)

Application Process and Contact Information:

Those interested in applying for the Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Externship Position should submit the following via email to 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.) Writing sample (intake report preferred)
3.) Attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship
4.) 2-3 letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors)
5.) CV

Applicants with further questions should contact Aleta Angelosante, Ph.D.., Director of the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, at 646-754-4892

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.