Eating and Weight Disorders Program Externship at the Icahn School of Medicine

To apply and arrange an interview: Contact the Director of Clinical Services, Terri Bacow, PhD at terri.bacow@mssm.edu; deadline is January 31st.

Length of program and time commitment: One year, 16 hours per week

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be at least in their second year of doctoral studies in a clinical psychology program
  • Candidates must have a commitment to learning or conducting cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and must have completed at least one graduate-level course in psychotherapy

Important: The preferred criterion for this externship is that individuals have completed one previous externship, minimum.

Externship Standard Experience

The externship program offers the opportunity for an extern to receive at least six clients with a range of eating disorders (adolescence through adulthood) and to work with these clients as part of research studies as well as through our regular clinic. One to two hours of supervision per week is provided, and possibly more depending on whether the clients are clinic or research study clients.

In addition, we have a weekly staff meeting every Friday morning from 9:30am until 11:00am in which a variety of topics is discussed. Clinical experiences offered include individual CBT, family-based (Maudsley) treatment, DBT group therapy, and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy). Training in nondirective and schema therapy is also provided depending on interest.

Inpatient Experience
Not available at this site

Outpatient Experience
We offer considerable outpatient therapy experience at Mount Sinai. All clinical and research patients are seen on an outpatient basis and the extern would have opportunity to earn hours conducting outpatient therapy (at least 6 hours per week).

Testing Experience
The externship offers plenty of opportunities for conducting assessments. Aside from general clinical interviews, we do diverse assessments as part of research studies. These include conducting semi-structured interviews and administering questionnaires/surveys to clients at various time points as part of a comprehensive assessment conducted at both baseline (pre-treatment) and follow-ups. The assessments are specific to eating disorders and obesity. For example, the extern will learn how to use the Eating Disorders Examination, both child and parent versions, in addition to other instruments that measure general psychopathology (i.e. KSADS, YBOCS). Other instruments used in our clinic include the 24-hour dietary recall, and measurements of height/weight/waist and hip length. Those interested in Dr. Hildebrandt’s research will also have an opportunity to learn a general neurocognitive battery measuring impulsivity.

Research Experience
Externs will have numerous opportunities for exposure to clinical research. We have several studies ongoing in topics ranging from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity, body image and use of appearance and performance enhancing drugs. Externs may serve as a study therapist. The candidate is also welcome to present his/her own research at our weekly staff meetings and participate in writing papers if he/she is interested. We have a weekly Friday journal club in which a topic is selected and presented upon, and all attendees read the relevant paper being discussed.

Seminars and Conferences
While conference attendance is not required as part of this internship, externs are welcome to attend meetings of AED (Academy of Eating Disorders) and ABCT (Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy). With regard to seminars, we teach a weekly Tuesday morning CBT course that focuses on CBT interventions for clients with eating disorders.

Supervision Arrangements/Ratio
Individual and group supervision provided; at least one hour of individual supervision is provided for cases seen through the regular clinic and additional group supervision is provided for cases seen as part of clinical research studies.


Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment:
Tel: 212-659-8724
Fax: 212-849-2561

Address
1425 Madison Ave. (corner or 98th St. and Madison Ave.)
ICAHN Building, Floor 6, Room 32
New York, NY 10029