New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) Clinical Research Externship
December 13, 2017
Name of Externship: New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) Clinical Research Externship
Name of Director/Coordinator: JoAnn Difede, PhD
- 525 E. 68th St.
- New York, NY 10065
Email: JoAnn Difede
Start Date: August, 2017
End Date: June, 2018
Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):
- Flexibility in scheduling, expected contribution 10-20 hours/week.
Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):
- Prefer students who have completed their first year.
Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):
- Prefer Master's complete.
Is there a stipend for externs?
Additional dates for applications?
- Applications not accepted before January 20, 2017
What materials need to be submitted?
- Letter of application
- Two writing sample, preferred research reports or psychological assessments
- Letter of readiness
- Letter of application
How should it be submitted?
- Please email JoAnn Difede as above and CC Annell Ovalles (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andrew McAleavey at email@example.com.
Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):
- Not specified
Description of Externship
Populations commonly served:
If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- All experience dependent on clinical need and is highly variable.
Training models offered:
Intervention training experiences commonly offered:
- Externs will receive a comprehensive two-day training in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy for PTSD and have the opportunity to conduct PE with patients. Externs will also receive training in virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) for PTSD and have the opportunity to use VRET with patients. Externs may receive training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for PTSD. Finally, externs will receive training in relaxation techniques, psychoeducation for PTSD, cognitive restructuring, and empathic listening.
If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Training in standardized interviewing for PTSD may be available.
Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Not specified
Assessment training experiences commonly offered:
- Externs will receive training in administering the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5), the gold standard tool for diagnosing PTSD. Externs will also receive training in using other well-validated and widely used clinician-administered assessment instruments, such as the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI). Finally, externs will receive training in rapid bedside assessment and performing mental status exams in their work on the inpatient Burn Center Unit.
If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
- Training in standardized interviews will be available.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):
Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:
- Externs will complete approximately 8-10 assessment reports consisting of a CAPS, MINI and semi-structured clinical interview.
Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0-1
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 2
The Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) at Weill Cornell Medical College is seeking a research-oriented Clinical Psychology graduate student for a clinical-research externship focused on trauma and psychological recovery. Externs will have the opportunity to work with both outpatient and inpatient populations, allowing them to gain experience with different interventions and approaches and treat traumatized patients in different stages of recovery. Major responsibilities include performing psychodiagnostic clinical assessments and conducting PE with patients in our outpatient clinic, recruiting subjects and assessing psychiatric symptoms in hospitalized inpatients including those at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and performing psychotherapy at bedside with patients at the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center. Externs will assist in all aspects of research on trauma in inpatients and outpatients, including data collection, analysis, and manuscript preparation. Successful externs will have the opportunity to conduct supervised research projects using archival and newly-collected data sets on a range of trauma populations and clinical research studies, including World Trade Center attack disaster workers, d-cycloserine-enhanced exposure therapy, and virtual reality-enhanced exposure therapy. Externs will be supervised by licensed clinical psychologists and have the opportunity to interact with other trainees, including Psychology Interns, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Psychiatry Residents. Health psychology and trauma experience preferred.
Interested parties should contact (by email only, please):
JoAnn Difede, Ph.D.
Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies
Weill Cornell Medical College
525 East 68th Street, Box 200
New York, NY 10065
Please copy Annell Ovalles (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Melissa Peskin (email@example.com) on all correspondence.