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The Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement Externships

The Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement Externships

The Child Study Center seeks graduate students to complete a year-long externship in neuropsychology starting July 1st, 2014 and ending June 30th, 2015, although some flexibility around start dates may be possible. 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, our New Jersey campus, located in Hackensack, New Jersey, and at our New York City campus, located at One Park Avenue at 33rd Street. David Marks, PhD, is the primary coordinator at the Long Island campus, Richard Gallagher, 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: 8 externs
Long Island campus: 2 externs

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Assessment: The position will primarily involve training in administration, scoring, and interpreting of neuropsychological, psycho-diagnostic, developmental, and psycho-educational evaluations. Patient populations include children with various neurological conditions affecting cognitive development and learning, including learning disabilities, ADHD with comorbid learning problems, and complex medical conditions. The extern will be required to administer, score, and interpret assessment, as well as prepare written evaluation reports. Externs will also participate in intake and feedback sessions.
  • Seminars/Didactics: Externs are required to attend the weekly Child Study Center neuropsychological seminars and are encouraged to attend the case conference held weekly in collaboration with NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy.
  • School Observation and Consultation: Externs are invited to attend monthly school visits in which we are educated about specialized programs throughout the City. In addition, opportunities for classroom observations become available throughout the year and are used to supplement the clinical evaluation. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in school consultations and school meetings. 

Didactic Opportunities:

  • Weekly ILAA Neuropsychology Training Seminar (Required)
  • Weekly individual and group supervision for testing cases (Required)
  • Weekly Case Conference (Fridays 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.)
  • Weekly Grand Rounds (Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
  • Weekly neuropsychology case conference (Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) and seminar (Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) at NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • Neurology and pediatric neurology grand rounds
  • Potential for observing WADA procedures

Presentation:

The extern will receive training in neuropsychological case conceptualization. With the guidance and support of a staff psychologist, the extern will prepare a case presentation to present at their training seminar. Case presentations usually consist of a brief literature review, review of assessment results, as well as conceptualization. This practice exercise aims to help prepare students for advanced training requirements of internships. Externs may have opportunities to assist in presentations given to the NYU academic community, as well as to local community organizations and professional groups.

Research (optional):

Although this is primarily a clinical externship, the CSC is committed to the scientist-practitioner model and aims to comply with Houston Guidelines for training in neuropsychology. We conduct dissemination and translational research, from efficacy trials to real-world implementation. Externs will have opportunities to participate in research projects, which may lead to publication or presentation at professional conferences. 

Time Requirement:

  • Two full days per week will be required, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Schedules are coordinated in accordance with your supervisor at each site. 
  • Time for preparation of written reports can be included in these two full days, although externs have often elected to use additional time to complete report writing at home and used these days for clinical experience.
  • In addition to days off when the CSC is closed (for federal holidays, etc.), externs receive two weeks (4 days) of vacation time as well as 2 personal / sick days (to use for interviews, etc.).
  • Externs are expected to attend all required didactic seminars. If externs miss more than three didactics, they will have to work with their supervisors to ensure that they make up the covered material.

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 (assessment 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 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 david.marks@nyumc.org; Richard Gallagher, PhD, Coordinator of the New Jersey Neuropsychology Externship, at richard.gallagher@nyumc.org; or Daniela Montalto, PhD, coordinator of the New York City Neuropsychology Externship at daniela.montalto@nyumc.org.

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