Child and Adolescent Psychology Externships
The Children's Day Unit (CDU) at the Youth Treatment and Evaluation of Anxiety and Mood (Y-TEAM) Program
The Children's Day Unit (CDU) at the Youth Treatment and Evaluation of Anxiety and Mood (Y-TEAM) Program is a specialty research clinic dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents suffering from mood and anxiety disorders. The CDU is part of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and is directed by Dr. Laura Mufson and includes a day treatment program with academic services for adolescents requiring intensive support. At the Y-TEAM program and CDU, we provide comprehensive evaluations, treatment with evidence-based psychotherapy (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and medications. Externs work within a multidisciplinary team in order to provide excellent and comprehensive care to both the patients and their families.
In addition to our focus on cutting-edge treatment and research, the CDU functions as a training clinic and we are passionate about providing exceptional training and support to our trainees. Externs are responsible for carrying a caseload of both daypatient and outpatient cases, gaining exposure to a variety of clinical presentations and levels of symptom severity. They are also diligently trained in diagnostic and assessment skills, completing twice monthly diagnostic evaluations and administering comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations. Acting as an integral member within our multidisciplinary team, externs collaborate with staff to provide services and receive supervision from the director of the externship, Dr. Paula Yanes-Lukin, and consultation from other team members. Finally, taking advantage of the resources at both Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, externs attend institute Grand Rounds and twice-monthly inservice didactics led by experts in the field.
Contact: Paula Yanes-Lukin
Phone: (646) 774-5855
Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center - General Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship
The General Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Externship is a one year-externship beginning July 1, 2021. This program is currently running fully remotely via secure Telehealth platforms. For the upcoming academic year 2021-2022, we will be offering two externship positions. We have not yet confirmed whether our programming will be conducted in person, virtually, or using a hybrid model for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The General Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology program (2 externs) is located in the pediatric psychiatry outpatient clinic in the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, which primarily serves children ages 4 to 18 years old and their families. Many of our community members identify as Latinx, Spanish-speaking, Immigrants, Trans, Queer, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, among many other intersecting identities and backgrounds. In line with our community’s needs, we warmly encourage individuals who share similar and/or other systemically marginalized identities representing the diverse identities of our community, and who are committed to learning and implementing interventions within our community, to apply.
The externship provides clinical training in psychological assessment and clinical interviewing, treatment and service planning, instruction and experience in conducting short- and long-term therapeutic interventions for an array of presenting concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma and stressor related reactions, externalizing behaviors, etc.) that are culturally and traumainformed as well as based in available scientific research. Externs gain experience running shortterm parenting and skills groups for children. Externs are provided with two hours of supervision for individual therapy cases, in addition to weekly supervision for group therapy, elective rotations, live supervision for diagnostic evaluations, and participation in multiple weekly didactic seminars and interdisciplinary clinic case conferences. “Curbside” and informal supervision and consultation are also embedded in our culture. Externs participate in Columbia Psychiatry Grand Rounds, and meetings with the externship coordinator as often as needed.
The weekly time commitment is approximately 20 hours per week. Wednesdays and either Tuesdays/Thursdays are also days that will be needed for participation in our training schedule. Given the amount of time and involvement asked of externs in our program, this externship tends to be a more effective fit for students who will be in at least their third and preferably fourth year of their doctoral training.
Contact: Shayne Ragbeer, Ph.D.
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 co-leading therapy groups with senior staff, engaging in didactic training and role plays, participating in in-vivo exposures, and assisting with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Externs consult directly with other providers (e.g., psychiatrists, pediatricians) 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. This allows externs the opportunity for intensive training on their own cases as well as exposure to the types of problems and solutions that senior clinicians run into when 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
Located in Tarrytown, NY, CUCARD Westchester is an outpatient treatment clinic in the Child and Adolescent Division of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. CUCARD Westchester specializes in the diagnostic assessment and evidence-based treatment of anxiety, OCD and related disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. CUCARD Westchester's staff is comprised of Columbia University faculty members and postdoctoral fellows, all of whom have expertise in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety and related disorders. We offer individual and group treatment as well as accelerated treatment programs for youth exhibiting school refusal behavior, severe OCD symptoms or marked interference caused by anxiety. In these accelerated treatment programs, individuals receive treatment intensively, up to five times per week, depending on clinical need. Additional opportunities exist for externs to participate in the CUCARD Anxiety Day Program which is an intensive day program designed for children age 13-18 whose anxiety is preventing them from attending school or severely impacting their functioning.
Contact: Nicholas Crimarco, Ph.D.
Phone: (646) 317-3601
Pediatric Psychology Externship - Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation
The Pediatric Psycho-oncology Externship is located in the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation outpatient clinic and inpatient medical service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The extern will address co-morbid psychological conditions in patients with a range of malignant and non-malignant hematological and oncological conditions, from birth to young adulthood. Common referrals include adjustment, internalizing and externalizing conditions, concerns during survivorship, end-of-life, and academic difficulties. The externship provides training in initial psychological diagnosis and interviewing, short-term therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing) and consultation liaison services. This is a one-year externship across two days. Externs receive individual supervision including live supervision. They will participate in didactics in Psychiatry and Hematology/Oncology/SCT, as well as multidisciplinary rounds in Hematology/Oncology/SCT. The breakdown of inpatient vs. outpatient and in-person vs. telemedicine services will be dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, and may shift during the course of the externship. Second years and higher are welcome to apply.
Contact: Dara Steinberg, Ph.D.
To apply: Please submit a CV, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendations, and a letter of readiness.
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 marginalized 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 and participate in one-hour weekly clinical team meetings. Externs will attend a weekly didactic seminar and are expected to periodically attend Child Psychiatry Grounds.
Contact: L. Cristina Calderón, Externship Coordinator
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 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, parenting support, group therapy, school consultation, diagnostic evaluations, and neuropsychological testing. Services are typically provided on-site at the school or at the hospital; many services are currently being provided remotely via telehealth due to the pandemic. Psychology externs receive weekly individual supervision, neuropsychology testing supervision with the Promise Program, and attend weekly multidisciplinary team meetings, weekly didactic seminar, and Grand Rounds presentations.
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.
*At this time, due to COVID-19 infection control protocols, most and possibly all clinical services as well as supervisory and didactic activities will be offered via remote means. This is expected to continue until a vaccine has been widely distributed.
Contact: Yolanda Thomas, Ph.D.
Phone: (646) 317-0294
Adult Psychology Externships
Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at the NY State Psychiatric Institute Externship Program
The Columbia Center for Eating Disorders, directed by Evelyn Attia, MD, is a specialty research clinic at New York State Psychiatric Institute committed to furthering understanding of these complex disorders and their treatment. Our program provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient clinical services to patients based on best practices. We are a multidisciplinary team, staffed with highly skilled, experienced clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and dietitians. Our clinician researchers are committed to providing a collaborative, varied, and high-quality learning experience for trainees at all levels of experience, including post-doctoral fellows, externs, research assistants, and volunteers. This externship focuses on the delivery of evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy for adolescents and adults with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Treatment approaches include Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Externs will gain experience in diagnostic assessment, and treatment modalities including group, individual and family-based psychotherapy. Supervision will be provided by licensed clinical psychologists working in the clinical research program. Externs will participate in team meetings as well as have the opportunity to attend a range of didactics (within and beyond the eating disorders program) and case conferences, observe clinical research assessments and procedures, and, if desired, participate in ongoing academic and/or lay-public writing projects. Our program is unique in its ability to offer treatment at no cost in exchange for participation in research.
General information about externship site:
Director of the Program: Evelyn Attia, MD
Training Director: Deborah R. Glasofer, 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
Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital Adult Outpatient Service
*Not currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 training year
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
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