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Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Externship

Institute for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Externship

The Child Study Center’s ADHD Institute houses three, separate clinical externships in its Manhattan office: A Core Externship focused on behavioral parent training, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), school consultation, and related interventions; A Lifespan Externship, offering experience with children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD and featuring training in individual and group interventions; and a Special Combined Externship, offering training in Selective Mutism (SM) treatment, Organizational Skills Training (OST), and related interventions.

You may apply to all three positions if you wish; however, please note that as with all Child Study Center training opportunities, each ADHD Institute externship involves its own application and selection process. See below for more details.

ADHD Core Externship

Trainees in the ADHD Core Externship will receive experience with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and other conditions resulting in disruptive behavior. As our patients frequently present with comorbidity, our externs also have regular experience with Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and other conditions. Our Institute has a strong emphasis on evidence-based treatment including the provision of empirically supported treatments and reliance on clinically significant data to plan interventions and assess treatment gains.

The number of Externship Available:

New York City Campus: 1 Externs

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Individual psychotherapy: The extern will be the primary therapist for a number of individual therapy cases, with a caseload of up to 10 weekly patients.
  • Training in and delivery of evidence-based treatments: Externs will be trained in evidence-based treatments such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other behavioral parent training programs. There is also exposure to other protocols including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Organizational Skills Training (OST), a program developed at the NYU Child Study Center.
  • Structured school observations: The extern will conduct school observations using a functional behavioral analysis (FBA) protocol to assist in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation. There will also be opportunities for school-based behavioral consultations, such as construction and implementation of behavior intervention plans (BIP), and consultation on Individualized Education Programs (IEP).
  • Live supervision, cotherapy, and team consultation: Externs often participate as co-therapists and team members with experienced clinicians and other trainees in assessment and treatment sessions. Live supervision is offered as part of the training experience.
  • Treatment outcomes monitoring: Externs will track patient treatment responses using state-of-the-art protocols and tools.
  • Summer Program for Kids: Externs will have exposure to our Summer Program for Kids (SPK), a 7-week, intensely structured, behaviorally robust, evidence-based day camp for children with ADHD. The NYU SPK is one of the few such programs in the nation, having its origins in federally funded treatment outcome research.



  • Supervision, typically 1:1 and occasionally 2:1 (Tuesday afternoons)
  • PCIT Family Teams (2:1 live supervision; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 PM)

Strongly Encouraged

  • ADHD Training Seminar (Second Thursday of every month, 12:45-1:45 PM)
  • Case Conference (Fridays 9:00-10:30 AM)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM)


The externs assist in presentations within the NYU academic community and external professional and community groups. The role will depend on the extern’s interest, experience, and familiarity with the subject area.


Although this is a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to the scientist-practitioner model. We conduct dissemination and translational research as well as program development. Externs may have exposure to these endeavors. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

Time Requirement:

  • Up to 16 hours per week, usually spread over 2 workdays
  • 2 evenings per week including Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 (PCIT Team)
  • September 2015-August 2016

Contact Information:

Those interested in applying for the ADHD Core Externship should submit a letter of interest, writing sample (diagnostic evaluation preferred), attestation letter from your graduate program stating your eligibility for externship, 2 to 3 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 NYU Child Study Center you must submit an application to each externship separately. Applicants with further questions should contact Tim Verduin, Ph.D., at 646-754-4902 or

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