NYU Child Study Center - Early Childhood Clinical-Service Externship

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December 22, 2015

Contact Information

'The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
One Park Ave, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Telephone: 646.754.5068

Fax: 646.754.9538

Name of Director/Coordinator: Stephanie Wagner PhD and Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD
Email:Stephanie Wagner, PhD

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


The Child Study Center’s Early Childhood Clinical Services focuses on development and functioning in children preschool-aged and younger. Our trainees will receive experience with young children with a variety of social, emotional, and other developmental concerns. Our externs will gain experience using age-appropriate assessment and interviewing skills, collaborating with other providers, observing children with their parents and in school, and providing treatments that frequently include parents and children together in session. Our service emphasizes a behavioral and developmentally sensitive approach to intervention.

The Number of Externships Available:
New York Campus: 1 Extern


  • Parent Consultations and Diagnostic Evaluations: The extern will learn how to assess parental concerns in the context of early childhood development. There will be training in screening for developmental milestones as well as using age-appropriate diagnostic measures.
  • Individual psychotherapy: The extern will be the primary therapist for a number of individual therapy cases. The extern will see patients with a variety of presenting problems which may include ADHD, disruptive behavior, selective mutism, other anxiety disorders, sleep, eating, and toileting.
  • Training in evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as well as individual and group treatment (Camp Courage) for young children with selective mutism at the NYU Child Study Center.
  • Structured school observations: The extern will conduct school observations using functional behavioral analysis (FBA) techniques to assist in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation. There will also be opportunities for school-based behavioral consultations, such as construction and implementation of behavior intervention plans (BIP), educating families about the special education process, and consultation on Individualized Education Programs (IEP). There may be opportunities to train Special Education Itinerant Teachers and school staff in specific skills.
  • School Outreach and Training: Externs will attend school visits with faculty members to learn about early childhood education programs in the city and learn how to form collaborative relationships within the community. There will be opportunities to give talks at schools and other areas in the community.
  • Live supervision, co-therapy, and team consultation: Externs often participate as co-therapists and team members with experienced clinicians and other trainees in assessment and treatment sessions. Live supervision is offered as part of the training experience.
  • Program Development: The early childhood service is working on selecting a curriculum for social skills groups. The extern will help efforts to select an evidence-based curriculum, recruit families for groups, and implement a group.



  • Supervision, typically 1:1 and occasionally 2:1
  • PCIT Family Teams (2:1 live supervision; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 PM)

Strongly Encouraged

  • Case Conference (Fridays 9:00-10:30 AM)
  • Selective Mutism Group Consultation (Fridays 10:15-11 AM)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)


  • Up to 16 hours per week, usually spread over 2 workdays
  • 2 evenings per week including Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 (PCIT Team)
  • 3 hours monthly on some Sundays for Camp Courage
  • September 2016-August 2017 (other start dates may be considered)


Those interested in applying for the “Early Childhood” Externship 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 Stephanie Wagner, Ph.D., at 646-754-5068 or Stephanie Wagner, PhD .