SUNY Downstate Medical Center - Department of Neurology Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship

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Contact Information

Name of Externship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

                          Division of Pediatric Neurology
                          Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator: Ruth Laurie Lax, Ph.D.

Street Address:

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Box 118
Division of Pediatric Neurology
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Telephone: (718) 270-4796

Fax: (718) 270-3748


General Information

Start Date:September 2017 or option to start July 2017 End Date: June 2018

Appropriate for:

Child Clinical
School Psychology
Primary Responsibilities include outpatient neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents (to age 21) with a range of neurological and developmental disorders including epilepsy, neural tube defects (e.g. spina bifida), other structural brain abnormalities, neurofibromatosis, pediatric multiple sclerosis, learning disabilities, autism, language disorders, intellectual disability. There is an option to do some adult neuropsychological assessment as well as individual psychotherapy.

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, with possibility of Friday am (grand rounds/patients)
Schedule to be worked out with supervisor

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Trainees at all levels are welcome to apply, but students need to have had a basic assessment course

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Coursework in neuropsychology preferred (not required)
Prior experience administering/scoring neuropsychological measures preferred (not required)

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Additional dates for applications?

No longer accepting applications. The position is filled.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Two samples of written clinical material (testing reports preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation

How should it be submitted?

The application should be emailed to

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Interviews are required

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Young Adults to age 21, with option for some adults older than 21
Ethnic Minorities
Developmental Disabilities
Many common and unusual neurological disorders of childhood
Learning Disabilities
Language Disabilities

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Experience with adult assessment is optional, but available

Training models offered:

Cognitive Behavioral

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Cognitive behavioral intervention is only offered if the student opts to take on therapy cases

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Therapy training is optional and requires taking one or more cases with a second supervisor

Expected number of cases seen at any one time:varies

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Neuropsychological Testing
Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Cognitive Assessment
Initial Intake Interview
Feedback Session
Report Writing
If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:
not applicable

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

1 per week

Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:

1 per week


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 2
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1-3 hours depending upon extern's interest and availability. There are many seminars and case conferences in our department and others (e.g. Psychiatry), which are available to students but not required, including Neurology Grand Rounds, case seminars, journal club, bedside rounds, etc. The student does attend the Neuropsychology Seminar taught to neurology residents/fellows.

Other Comments

Ruth Laurie Lax, Ph.D., Division of Pediatric Neurology (primary supervisor)
Luba Nakhutina, Ph.D., Department of Neurology (optional adult neuropsychology supervisor)
Joan Hittelman, Ph.D., Division of Child Psychiatry (optional therapy supervisor)