Child and Adolescent Psychology Externships
Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)
The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) is a clinic specializing in evidence-based outpatient treatment for individuals of all ages struggling with anxiety, mood, and related disorders. CUCARD is overseen by Clinic Founder Dr. Anne Marie Albano and Clinical Director Dr. E. Blake Zakarin, and is staffed by senior clinical psychologists who are highly skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy. Central to CUCARD's mission is the training and dissemination of evidence-based treatments; our clinicians are also committed to providing a positive and high-quality learning experience for all its trainees.
Externs learn about the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy in both individual and group formats, as well as through other specialized experiences including observation of, and co-leading therapy groups with senior staff, engagement in didactic training, role plays, participating in in-vivo exposures outside the clinic, and assisting with school observation visits. Externs consult directly with our staff psychiatrist to learn effective models of collaborative, team-based care. In addition to these observation and direct contact clinical experiences, externs participate in weekly group and individual supervision, giving the opportunity for intensive training on their own cases as well as seeing the types of problems and solutions that senior clinicians run into with implementing and adapting evidence-based practice to meet the needs of their patients.
Contact: Sarah Frankel, Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 342-0203
Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) - Westchester
The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) - Westchester is an outpatient treatment clinic in the Child and Adolescent Division of Columbia University’s Psychiatry Department and is located in Tarrytown, NY. CUCARD Westchester specializes in the diagnostic assessment and evidence-based treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders in children, adolescents and young adults, with dedicated accelerated treatment programs for youth exhibiting school refusal behavior or marked impairment in other domains. The psychology externship at CUCARD Westchester provides extensive training in cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders and OCD as well as training in the treatment of children and adolescents. Externship duties will include individual treatment, diagnostic assessment, group treatment, and opportunities to assist staff clinicians in providing accelerated treatment for school refusal. Psychology externs will receive two hours of weekly supervision and will attend weekly didactic seminars.
Contact: Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D.
School-Based Mental Health Program (SBMHP)
The School-Based Mental Health Program (SBMHP) is an outpatient mental health service that is part of the Department of Pediatric Psychiatry in Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. SBMHP works in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and state and city public mental health authorities to provide school-based mental health services in public schools throughout Northern Manhattan. The School-Based Mental Health Program provides on-site clinical, psychiatric, case management, and school-consultation services to children from pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade and their families. Patients have a variety of externalizing and internalizing disorders. The 16 hour per week psychology externship provides opportunity for 4-5 individual therapy cases, family therapy, parenting support, group therapy, teacher/staff consultation, diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological testing, and linkage to appropriate community-based services. Most services are provided on-site at the school with the exception of neuropsychological testing, which will take place at the hospital. Psychology externs receive weekly individual supervision, neuropsychology testing supervision with the Promise Program, and attend weekly multidisciplinary team meetings, Grand Rounds presentations, and a monthly didactic seminar.
Contact: Krista Gwon, Ph.D.
Phone: (646) 341-0453
Center for Community Health and Education -
School-Based Health Center Program
The School-Based Health Center Program (SBHCP) is an outpatient primary care service that is part of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and New York-Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Network (ACN). SBHCP works under the oversight of the New York City Department of Health to provide school-based services, including medical, dental, health education, and mental health in public schools throughout Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. The School-Based Health Center Program provides on-site clinical, psychiatric, case management, and school-consultation services to primarily adolescents from 6th to 12th grade, and a small number of elementary school students. The majority of the students served come from very culturally and ethnically diverse communities. Patients frequently have a variety of adjustment problems as well as externalizing and internalizing disorders. The 16 hour per week psychology externship provides opportunity for 4-5 individual or group therapy cases, mental health screening/assessment, and diagnostic evaluations. Additionally, there will be potential opportunities to do family therapy, parenting support, teacher/staff consultation, participation in psychoeducation workshops, and linkage to appropriate community-based services. Services are provided on-site at the school and externs will have the opportunity to make in-house referrals and collaborate with other disciplines to provide students with the spectrum of care available at the clinic. Psychology externs receive weekly individual and group supervision, monthly disciplinary meetings, monthly multidisciplinary team meetings, and a monthly didactic seminar.
Contact: Yolanda Thomas, Ph.D.
Phone: (646) 317-0294
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NY Presbyterian (NYPH) - General Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship
The General Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship is an outpatient mental health service located in the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NYPH. The Pediatric Outpatient Clinic primarily serves children ages 4 to 18 years old who present with an array of psychiatric issues. The externship provides clinical training in psychiatric diagnosis and interviewing, treatment planning for various psychiatric disorders, instruction and experience in conducting short- and long-term psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, dialectical behavior and psychodynamic) treatments for anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as externalizing disorders. Externs gain experience designing and running short-term parenting and skills groups for children. This is a one-year externship from July to July with a weekly maximum of 20 hours per week. Externs are provided with at least two hours of supervision for individual treatment cases, one hour for group therapy, and one hour for diagnostic evaluations. Externs participate in weekly interdisciplinary clinic case conferences, once weekly Grand Rounds presentations, twice monthly trainee didactic seminars and twice monthly meetings with the externship coordinator.
For the upcoming academic year 2020-2021, in addition to offering our two externship positions in our general Pediatric Psychiatry Outpatient Service, we are offering a third position within the Women’s Mental Health Program, and are delighted to offer an additional track within Pediatric Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation (please click “Learn More” for more information).
Contact: Shayne Ragbeer, Ph.D.
The Promise Clinic at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital (CUIMC/NYPH) provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment and advocacy to multicultural and bilingual youth from underserved and vulnerable communities in New York City. The clinic primarily evaluates individuals presenting with neurodevelopmental conditions, including LD, ADHD, ASD, and behavioral/psychiatric difficulties. There are also opportunities to work with patients who present with various complex medical conditions such as pediatric cancers, sickle cell disease, seizure disorders, genetic disorders, and neonatal complications. During training, an emphasis is placed on ethical Spanish bilingual/multicultural neuropsychological assessment, including improving their proficiency of clinical terminology in Spanish, familiarization with Spanish language measures, and multicultural case conceptualization. Externs regularly collaborate with multidisciplinary treatment teams, receive training in educational/legal advocacy, conduct school observations and attend IEP meetings. The extern will receive two hours per week with their primary clinical supervisor regarding evaluation cases, participate in 1 hour weekly clinical team meetings. Externs will attend a weekly didactic seminar and be expected to periodically attend Child Psychiatry Grounds.
Contact: L. Cristina Calderón, Externship Coordinator
Adult Psychology Externships
Lieber Recovery Clinic Externship
The Lieber Recovery Clinic is an outpatient mental health service located at Columbia Doctors Midtown, near Rockefeller Center. The primary mission of the Lieber Recovery Clinic is to provide state of the art, personalized recovery services to adults with severe mental illnesses. The externship provides students with training in evidence –based behavioral treatments to help people with serious mental illnesses lead productive lives. The extern’s clinical work will involve providing cognitive remediation, social skills training, CBT and DBT therapy groups, individual therapy, and assessment to people with psychotic disorders, high functioning autism, and executive functioning problems. Externs will receive weekly individual and group supervision, and participate in didactic seminars and team meetings. There will be opportunities to attend trainings on topics related to treatments for people with severe mental illnesses.
Contact: Alice Medalia, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital Adult Outpatient Service
The Clinical and Counseling Psychology Externship in Community Psychiatry is based in an adult outpatient mental health service located at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. This service provides treatment to adults who present with an array of psychiatric issues. The externship provides clinical training in psychiatric diagnosis and interviewing, treatment planning for various psychiatric disorders, instruction and experience in conducting short- and long-term psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological evaluations for a full range of psychiatric disorders. Externs gain experience in one of four training tracks: 1) Tavares Mental Health Clinic which provides psychological services in Spanish for monolingual patients; 2) Community Services Clinic which provides psychological services in English for patients; 3) Women’s Program Clinic which provides psychological and psychiatric services for women who are either pregnant or up to 2 years post partum; and 4) Lucy Wicks HIV/MICA Clinic which provides psychological and psychiatric services for patients who are HIV + and also for patients who are diagnosed with mental illness and chemical abuse. This is a one-year externship from July 1 to June 30 with a weekly maximum of 20 hours per week. Externs are provided with a minimum of two hours of supervision for individual psychotherapy cases, one hour for group psychotherapy, and one hour for diagnostic patients. Externs participate in weekly team meetings, externship seminar, individual and group psychotherapy seminar, other didactic instructions and present at the Annual Multicultural Behavioral Medicine Symposium.
Contact: Diana Puñales, PhD
Columbia Day Program
The Columbia Day Program is an intensive outpatient mental health service located in the Faculty Practice Organization at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) in Midtown Manhattan. The primary mission of the Columbia Day Program is to provide structured, evidence-based group therapy for people struggling with mental health issues that are seriously affecting their ability to go to school or work. The externship provides clinical training in diagnostic assessment, individual psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy utilizing empirically supported treatments for anxiety and depressive disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Psychology externs will participate in weekly individual and group supervision, weekly interdisciplinary clinical team meetings, and monthly didactic seminars.
Contact: Zack Blumkin, PsyD