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The Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement Externships

The Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement Externships

The NYU Child Study Center seeks graduate students to complete a year-long externship in neuropsychology. There are extern positions available in the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement (ILAA) at our Long Island campus, located in Lake Success on the Queens Nassau County border, and at our New York City campus, located at One Park Avenue. David Marks, PhD,  is the main contact at the New Jersey Campus , and Daniela Montalto, PhD, is the main contact at the New York City campus.

The Number of Externships Available:

New York campus: 4 externs

Long Island campus: 2 externs

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Testing: The position will primarily involve performing neuropsychological, psycho-diagnostic, developmental, and psycho-educational evaluations. Patient populations include children with various learning disabilities, ADHD with comorbid learning problems, and various neurological conditions affecting cognitive development and learning. The extern will be required to administer, score, and write reports based on test results. Externs will also participate in intake and feedback sessions. Opportunities for classroom observations to supplement the clinical evaluation are also available.
  • Seminars/Didactics: Externs are required to attend the weekly NYU Child Study Center neuropsychological seminars and welcome to attend the case conference that are held weekly at or through the Bellevue Medical Center in conjunction with the NYU Child Study Center.
  • School Visits and Consultation: Externs are expected to attend monthly school visits in which we are educated about specialized programs throughout the city.

Non-Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Weekly ILAA Neuropsychology Training Seminar
  • Weekly individual and group supervision for testing cases
  • Weekly Case Conference (Fridays 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.)
  • Weekly Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
  • Participation in seminars and other educational opportunities


The extern will receive training in cognitive-behavioral case conceptualization. With the guidance and support of a staff psychologist, the extern will prepare a case presentation to present at a team meeting. Case presentations usually consist of a conceptualization, brief literature review, and overview of the treatment approach. This practice exercise aims to help prepare students for advanced training requirements of internships. Externs can also assist in presentations given to the NYU academic community, as well as to local community organizations and professional groups.

Psychotherapy (optional):

Psychotherapy experience may be arranged on an individual basis if other supervisors have the availability, though this cannot be guaranteed. Any interest in doing psychotherapy should be discussed during the interview process so that the possibilities can be assessed. Patient populations primarily include children and adolescents with ADHD, ODD, and Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Staff orientation is generally cognitive-behavioral in therapeutic approach.

Research (optional):

Opportunities may arise for externs to participate in clinical research projects that are being conducted by staff psychologists.

Time Requirement:

  • Two full days per week will be required, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The schedule is coordinated in accordance with your supervisor at each site.

Contact Information:

Those interested to either the Long Island, New Jersey or New York City ILAA externship positions 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. The applicant should also include a list of tests divided into three categories: (1) those that can be administered proficiently, (2) those that the applicant has some experience with, but requires more training in, and (3) those that the applicant has no experience with but would like to learn about if possible. 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.

For more information, please contact either David Marks, PhD, coordinator of the Long Island Neuropsychology Externship, at or Daniela Montalto, PhD, coordinator of the New York City Neuropsychology Externship at

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