Clinical Psychology Externship Programs

The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel are pleased to offer the following range of clinical psychology externship programs.

The Mount Sinai Hospital

The Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai hosts psychology externs who have opportunities to participate in most ongoing clinical and research activities. Extern responsibilities may include administering research standard diagnostic instruments, conducting evaluations of cognitive, behavioral and neuropsychological functioning, assisting with social skills therapy groups and sibling support groups, and research projects.

The Division of ADHD and Learning Disorders at Mount Sinai sponsors a unique externship opportunity to gain experience in both neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy. The externship is approximately 2.5 days per week, and externs work on a variety of clinical and research projects. The vast majority of assessment is done with children and adolescents, however, adult assessment and treatment cases are also available for those interested. Externs also carry one to two psychotherapy cases and co-lead one to two groups to complement their training.

The Eating and Weight Disorders Program at Mount Sinai offers a year-long training program focused on acquiring mastery of assessment and intervention skills for patients with eating and weight disorders across the lifespan. The program involves completing required coursework on cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders and an accompanying research seminar, attending group and individual supervision, and participating in ongoing research conducted within the program. There are also opportunities for advanced students to develop their own research project.

The Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Mount Sinai supports an advanced externship opportunity to provide evidence-based treatment for children and adults with OCD and related disorders, tics, and anxiety disorders. Primary interventions used are exposure and response prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, habit reversal therapy, and assertive community treatment. Externs carry a caseload of five to seven patients, and primary responsibilities include performing semi-structured initial evaluations using standardized measures and providing ongoing evidence-based individual therapy in addition to co-facilitating group therapy.

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt offer predoctoral externships in child psychology to doctoral students in school, clinical and counseling psychology (PhD and PsyD). The externship includes placements in Adolescent Day Treatment with CARES, Outpatient Treatment with the Outpatient Department, and Parent-Infant Treatment with the Parent-Infant Center. In all placements, externs participate in all aspects of the therapeutic community, carry individual cases, co-lead groups, conduct intake evaluations, and attend clinic-wide administrative meetings.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers the Child, Adolescent and Family Multicultural Externship which provides an extern with experience in intake evaluations of children and families, individual and group psychotherapy with children and adolescents, family therapy, psychological testing, and didactic experiences. The yearlong externship offers training in an eclectic approach utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family perspectives in the context of cultural competence. Externs gain the skills to work effectively with a multidisciplinary child/adolescent treatment team and to collaborate with other medical providers, schools, and community services.