Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program

Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program

Externs are sought for the Autism Spectrum Disoder clinical and research program, which serves children diagnosed with autism as well as those with a wide range of social communications difficulties. As children with autism spectrum disorders also often display comorbidity with other disorders, our externs also have significant exposure to children with ADHD and other Externalizing Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions. Our team utilizes evidence-based behavioral treatments, including applied behavior analysis.

The number of externships available:

New York City Campus: 2 Externs

Clinical Responsibilities: 

  • Intervention: Responsibilities include carrying a caseload of up to four individual therapy cases with children and adolescents presenting with autism spectrum disorder. Externs may assist in conducting school observations and school-based behavior consultations using functional behavioral assessment protocol to assist in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation.
  • Training in, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in naturalistic Applied Behavior Analysis, including Pivotal Response Treatment, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
  • Co-Therapy: Externs may participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions or as co-therapists in group treatments.
  • Assessment: Externs may participate in psychiatric evaluations and feedback sessions. They will be expected first to shadow one or more evalutions conducted by an attending or post-doctoral fellow and then to be shadowed by an attending or post-doctoral fellow.
  • Miscellaneous clinical tasks: Although building the externs' clinical caseloads is our priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed, including educational and outreach efforts. 
  • Writing for website: There may be opportunities to contribute to the CSC's award winning website.

Didactic Requirements: 

  • Case Conference (Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
  • Two-to-One supervision (TBD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Seminar (TBD)
  • The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern's level of experience and comfort in the subject area.


Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to training scientist-practitioners. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference. 

Time Requirement:

  • 16 hours per week, usually spread over two full days (one evening)
  • September 2014-June 2015, but preference is given to those students that can start in July 2014

Contact Information:

Those interested in applying should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (intake report preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, two to three letters of recommendation (from professors or clinical supervisors) and CV via our online application. Please note if you are interested in applying to more than one externship within the Child Study Center you must submit an application for each externship seperately. Applicants with further questions should contact Sarah Kuriakose, PhD., Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program, at 646-754-4873, or