Theoffers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship focused on clinical research currently ongoing at the newly founded Autism Center. This externship program is primarily designed for advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, and school psychology doctoral programs. Training will focus on developing expertise in conducting and interpreting diagnostic assessments (including cognitive, achievement, language, neuropsychological and social-emotional components), writing, and treatment recommendations. The extern will be involved in presenting assessment findings to and discussing cases with psychiatrists and psychologists. Current research studies include a study of the shared and distinct clinical, cognitive and neural characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and a study on the clinical and neural developmental trajectories of toddlers with ASD.
Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in conducting diagnostic, cognitive and academic assessments in autism, further gaining experience writing concise and effective feedback reports. Our training model includes a range of within-center trainings, participation in case conferences, weekly supervision with senior clinicians, and frequent opportunities to observe senior clinicians during testing, assessment selection, psychological interviewing, and treatment planning. The extern will work at the Child Mind Institute Manhattan office.
Center for Autism Research Faculty:
- Adriana Di Martino, MD; Director for Autism Center
- Charissa Andreotti, PhD; Clinical Psychologist
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Adriana Di Martino, MD; Director of Autism Center
Training Director: Kenneth Schuster, PsyD; Director of Clinical Training
Website: Autism Center website not yet available
URL for Externship Brochure: https://childmind.org/about-us/careers/open-positions/
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
End Date: June 26, 2020
How many hours a week are expected of extern?: Half-time (16 hours per week), ideally spread over 2 days, with a preference to be available Wednesdays and Fridays. Fridays are required if externs wish to participate in clinical training activities.
Specialty tracks: Psychological assessment, research, and neuropsychology.
# of externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 1
Minimum level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants): Advanced graduate students (3rd year and above) in clinical, school-clinical, and school psychology doctoral programs. Prior experience with children preferred but not required.
Do you provide a stipend? If so how much?: No.
When do you expect to begin
interviews? (Applications can be submitted no earlier than Jan 22):
January 28, 2019
Interview process (provide information about interview process- time frame, how decisions are made) Also, do you conduct individual and/or group interviews; case presentation, other information?: Individual interviews only; interviewees should expect to spend about 30 minutes in an interview. During the interview, the applicant should be able to speak about their clinical or research experiences, discuss one case and demonstrate why they feel they are a good fit.
What application materials are required (i.e., CV, transcript, how many reference letters, case summary, test report, other)?: To apply to the Autism Externship, please submit a cover letter, current CV, letter of eligibility, and two letters of recommendation. Please address the cover letter to: Adriana Di Martino, MD; Director of Autism Center; and Kenneth Schuster, PsyD; Director of Clinical Training.
If you have any questions regarding specific information about the Research Externship, please contact
For generalKenneth.Schuster@childmind.org). psychology externship questions, please contact Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training, (
Applicants must indicate the externship or externships that they are applying to in their cover letters. Applicants may only apply to UP TO TWO externships at the Child Mind Institute. Applications may be submitted beginningTuesday, January 22, 2019 in accordance with Consortium Guidelines. Interviews will be held by invitation and scheduled on a rolling admission basis. Notification of acceptance will begin onMonday, March 4, 2019at 9am. Please note that students that submit applications for two externships will receive only one offer during the first round. Information as to whether a second offer will follow will not be provided.
Intervention and Assessment:
Intervention training experiences offered: Estimate average number of individual patients that students will carry; estimate number of groups and other types of interventions. Offer description: No interventions are included in this testing externship.
Assessment training experiences commonly offered. Describe: Externs will participate in different aspects of the autism and comorbid psychopathology assessments, as well as cognitive and adaptive functioning evaluations using direct observation, standardized testing and parent interviews including the ADOS-2 or the ADI-R. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations including will be conducted with Dr. Andreotti, and additional clinical psychologists and research staff. This will allow the Extern to work with numerous clinicians. There will be opportunities to train towards acquiring research reliability in the administration and scoring of at least one of the two gold-standard autism diagnostic instruments (i.e., ADOS-2 and ADI-R) by observing, conducting and scoring their administration with reliable evaluators. The candidate will also gain experience writing evaluation reports.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): Multiple, both individually under supervision, as well as part of observation.
Estimate # of integrated assessment reports per year: 21
If offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Rorschach training is not offered.
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5 hours per week. Extern supervision is 1:1 with Dr. Andreotti, supplemented individually with other faculty. Much of the supervision will also happen in-vivo in the context of observing evaluations. Our supervision will occur in the context of case conference and ADOS or ADI-R consensus meeting
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5 hours.
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2 hours.
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: Not applicable.
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): Case conferences take place weekly. An Institute-wide didactic series is offered year-round. Additionally, externs attend lectures through our Visiting Professor Series, which are instructed by renowned experts in mental health, and externs have the opportunity to meet as a group with each visiting professor. Externs can also participate in bi-weekly research-focused didactics led by Dr. Di Martino and present at the Autism Center journal club.
Estimated informal open door "curbside" supervision: Supervision will also happen in-vivo in the context of observing evaluations.
Describe Direct supervision: Supervision is initially directive and collaborative with an emphasis on increasing the trainee's ability to function more independently within our setting across time.
Specify if observation occurs during intervention, assessment, consultation (e.g., audio, video, live in person [in treatment room, one-way mirror, live video stream]): Live in-person observations occur during assessments.
If you have only one extern, would you be to have the extern participate in a peer support consortium with other sites- live or "SKYPE"?: No.
Is the agency readily accessible through public transportation?: Yes.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Are home visits required as part of the trainee's duties?: No.
Is a transportation stipend provided?: No.