The Child Mind Institute offers psychology graduate students in doctoral programs a yearlong externship focused on clinical research working for the 's (HBN) research study.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 psychological assessments (including cognitive, achievement, language, neuropsychological and social-emotional components), report writing, and treatment recommendations for a community-based research program. The extern may be involved in presenting assessment findings to, and discussing cases with, psychiatrists, psychologists and speech/language pathologists.
The HBN is an exciting new initiative aimed at collecting imaging, genetic, and phenotypic data from 10,000 children and adolescents. All participants within the study receive free mental health, learning, and language evaluations, as well as a feedback session and report. HBN is currently providing these comprehensive evaluations directly to communities across NYC in need of mental health services at their locations in Midtown, West Harlem, and Staten Island. Working under the supervision of a clinical psychologist, the extern will assist in conducting components of the evaluation both on the vehicle and within our data collection centers. The extern may also assist with meetings, events, and workshops focused on developing community partners and recruitment of study participants.
Our externship program seeks highly motivated individuals who demonstrate a particular interest in developing specialized skills in community mental health, conducting cognitive testing, and gaining experience writing background history and concise 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 collection, psychological interviewing, and treatment planning, while engaging in community outreach efforts. The extern will work at the Child Mind Institute Midtown, West Harlem, or Staten Island offices.
Healthy Brain Network (Research Externship) Faculty:
- Michael Milham, MD, PhD, Pediatric Psychopharmacologist; Director, Healthy Brain Network; Director, Center for the Developing Brain
- Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Clinical Training Supervisor
- Charissa Andreotti, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist; Clinical Manager, Healthy Brain Network
- Amy Racanello, MSEd, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist
- Jennifer Andersen, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
- Emily Hart, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
- Maureen Mintzer, PhD, NCSP, Associate Psychologist
- Cassady Casey, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist
- Margaret Dyson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Clinical & Didactic Experiences:
- Intake and Assessments: Externs will participate in conducting intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations will be conducted with Dr. Neuhaus , Dr. Andreotti, and additional psychologists, school psychologists, counselors and social workers. This will allow the Extern gain experience with various theoretical models and perspectives during their time with the study. The extern will gain experience in administering and interpreting assessments of cognitive functioning, academic achievement, speech-language, executive function and social emotional functioning.
- Research: Opportunities to participate in research may also be available. The goal of the Healthy Brain Network study is to find biological markers - brainwave signals, images, maybe even blood signatures - that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and learning disorders from an objective biological perspective. The extern can get involved in ongoing projects or papers, as well as pursue personal areas of interest.
- Supervision: 1.5 hours per week. Individual supervision is 1:1 with Dr. Neuhaus, supplemented individually with other clinical faculty. Much of the supervision will also happen in-vivo in the context of observing evaluations. An additional half hour of group supervision will be provided with externs in other divisions of the Child Mind Institute.
- Case Conferences: Case conference will take place approximately 1-2 times per week and are led by Dr. Michael Milham.
- Didactics: Child Mind Institute has monthly lectures, given by visiting experts, on a variety of mental health topics. Externs can also participate in weekly research-focused didactics led by Dr. Milham.
- Presentations: Externs will be expected to present at case conference. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in research and conference presentations. Together we decide what role externs take, depending on the individual extern's level of experience and comfort in that subject area. It has varied from simply observing our presentations to taking the lead on them.
Director of the Program: , Pediatric Psychopharmacologist; Director, Healthy Brain Network; Director, Center for the Developing Brain
Training Director: Kenneth Schuster, PsyD
URL for Externship Brochure: https://childmind.org/about-us/careers/open-positions/
Length of externship (in months): 12
Start Date: July 1, 2019
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 Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Fridays are not required, but necessary if externs wish to participate in all clinical training activities.
Specialty tracks: Psychological assessment, research, neuropsychology, community outreach.
externs to be accepted for 2019-20: 2
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.
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, typically with 2 clinicians; interviewees should expect to spend about 30 min in the interview. During the interview, the applicant should be able to speak about their clinical 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 Research Externship, please submit a cover letter, current CV, letter of eligibility, two letters of recommendation, and a clinical case writing sample. The case writing sample should be related to child assessment if possible. Please note that the APA PsychPracticum Website will only allow six documents per application. Please address the cover letter to Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD; Clinical Neuropsychologist, Clinical Training Supervisor, Healthy Brain Network; and Kenneth Schuster, PsyD; Director of Clinical Training. If you have any questions regarding specific information about the Research Externship, please contact Rebecca Neuhaus, PsyD (Rebecca.Neuhaus@childmind.org). For general Child Mind Institute psychology externship questions, please contact Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training (Kenneth.Schuster@childmind.org).
Applicants may only apply to UP TO TWO externships at the Child Mind Institute. Applicants must indicate the externship or externships that they are applying to in their cover letters. Applications may be submitted beginning Tuesday, 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 on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 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 conducting intake evaluations and gain experience writing comprehensive evaluation reports including, cognitive, academic, neurocognitive, language, and mental health components. These average two per month. Structured and semi-structured diagnostic evaluations will be conducted with Dr. Neuhaus or Dr. Andreotti, and additional clinical psychologists. This will allow the Extern to work with numerous clinicians during their time with the study.
Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests): 15-20
Estimate # of integrated assessment
reports per year: 3-5
offering Rorschach, which scoring systems used: Rorschach training is not
Estimate hours/week of individual supervision: 1.5; extern supervision is primarily 1:1 with Dr. Neuhaus, supplemented with other research faculty.
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 0.5
Estimated hour/week of didactics: 1-2
Estimated co-therapy hours with supervisors: N/A.
Context of didactics (seminars, Grand Rounds): An Institute-wide didactic series is offered year-round. Case conferences occur Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; extern attendance varies depending on days on site. 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.
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.