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Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Externship

Institute for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Externship

Externs are sought for this busy clinical service, which serves children with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other conditions resulting in disruptive behavior. As many of our patients present with robust comorbidity, our externs also have significant exposure to children with Anxiety Disorders, Autistic 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: 2 Externs

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Individual psychotherapy: The extern will be the primary therapist for a number of individual therapy cases, with a maximum case load of six active, 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) for childhood anxiety disorders and an Organizational Skills Training program recently developed at the Child Study Center.
  • Structured school observations: The extern will conduct school observations using a functional behavioral analysis protocol to assist in assessment, treatment, planning, and implementation. There will also be opportunities for school-based behavioral consultations.
  • Vertical team and co-therapy: Externs often participate as observers and co-therapists with experienced clinicians in assessment and treatment sessions.
  • Miscellaneous clinical tasks: Although building the externs' clinical caseloads is our highest priority, we supplement with a variety of clinically-relevant activities as needed.

Didactic Requirements:

  • ADHD Training Seminar (Second Thursday of every month, 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)
  • Supervision two-to-one; supplemented individually as needed (Tuesday afternoons)
  • Case Conference (Fridays 9 a.m.-11 a.m.)
  • Grand Rounds (Fridays 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
  • PCIT Family Teams (Tuesdays 3:30  p.m.-6:45 p.m.)


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 the scientist-practitioner model. We conduct dissemination and translational research, from efficacy trials to real-world implementation. Externs will have opportunities to participate in these endeavors. Among the projects prior externs worked on was a Stimulant Medication Trial Tracking Protocol, which concerned implementation of the MTA medication algorithm, modified for real-world clinical practice. Interested externs may also have opportunities to prepare clinical case studies for publication or presentation at a professional conference.

Time Requirement:

  • 16-20 hours per week, usually spread over two to three workdays
  • Two evenings per week; one for families/groups and one for other sessions
  • 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 through 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 to each externship seperately. Applicants with further questions should contact Timothy Verduin, PhD, at 646-754-4887, or

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