NYU Child Study Center - Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity & Behavior Disorders Core Externship

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Last Update

February 1, 2017

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: 646.754.4887

Fax: (646)754-9538

Name of Director/Coordinator: Tim Verduin, PhD

Email: Tim Verduin, Ph.D.


Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity & Behavior Disorders Core Externship General Information

Trainees in the ADHD Core Externship will receive experience with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and other conditions resulting in disruptive behavior. As our patients frequently present with comorbidity, our externs also have regular experience with Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions. Our Institute has a strong emphasis on evidence-based treatment including the provision of empirically supported treatments and reliance on clinically significant data to plan interventions and assess treatment gains.


New York Campus 1 Externships Position Available

ADHD & Behavior Disorders Core Externship Description

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Individual psychotherapy: The extern will be the primary therapist for a number of individual therapy cases, with a caseload of up to 10 weekly patients.
  • Training in evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other behavioral parent training programs. There is also exposure to other protocols including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Organizational Skills Training (OST), a program developed at the NYU Child Study Center.
  • Structured school observations: The extern will conduct school observations using a functional behavioral analysis (FBA) protocol 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), and consultation on Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
  • 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.
  • Treatment outcomes monitoring: Externs will track patient treatment responses using state-of-the-art protocols and tools.
  • Summer Program for Kids: Externs who choose will have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Program for Kids (SPK). The SPK is a 7-week, intensely structured, behaviorally robust, evidence-based day camp for children with ADHD. The NYU SPK is one of the few such programs in the nation, having its origins in federally funded treatment outcome research. Externs will assist in the implementation of behavioral interventions and provide brief individual cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety, mood, and other comborbid disorders. Though this rotation is optional, preference will be given to applicants who are interested in the SPK and can start September 1. SPK involvement would occur at the end of the externship (June-August).

Didactic Requirements:

  • Supervision, typically 1:1 and occasionally 2:1 (Tuesday afternoons)
  • PCIT Family Teams (2:1 live supervision; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 PM)
Strongly Encouraged
  • ADHD Training Seminar (Second Thursday of every month, 12:45-1:45 PM)
  • Case Conference (Fridays 9:00-10:30 AM)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)


The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern’s interest, experience, and familiarity with the subject area.


Although this is a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to the scientist-practitioner model. We conduct dissemination and translational research as well as program development. Externs may have exposure to these endeavors. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

Time Requirement:

  • Up to 16 hours per week, usually spread over 2 workdays
  • 2 evenings per week including Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 (PCIT Team)
  • Timeframe options:
  • September 2017-August 2018 is preferred, particularly if the applicant is interested in SPK
  • July 2017-June 2018 is also an option; applicants interested in SPK would need to commit to training dates in June 2017

Application Process and Contact Information:

Those interested in applying for the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity & Behavior Disorders Core Externship Position should submit the following documents via csc-psychtraining@nyumc.org

  • CV
  • Letter of interest
  • writing sample (diagnostic evaluation 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 Tim Verduin, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity & Behavior Disorders, at (646)745-4887 or Tim Verduin, 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. Please set the subject line of your email to read which externship so that your application is sorted properly.