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Externship opportunities available to graduate students in psychology span a variety of topics and specialties throughout The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Below you'll find expanded details about current externship opportunities and related positions within each area of focus.
For a quick overview of current positions, start dates and requirements, download the externship grid to get a side-by-side snapshot of all the experiences. Then read on below for additional detail about the programs of interest to you.
Supervisors: Lisa Blaskey, PhD, Kathleen Davis, PhD, John Herrington, PhD, Emily Kuschner, PhD, Jennifer Maldarelli, PhD, Judith Miller, PhD, Juhi Pandey, PhD, or Benjamin Yerys, PhD
Positions: Psychology externships related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are coordinated through the Center for Autism Research (CAR) and the Autism Integrated Care Program. Opportunities that provide a mix of both assessment and outpatient intervention can be tailored to meet the extern’s interests and level of previous experience. Specialized experiences with specific age ranges, from early childhood (infant/toddler/preschool) through adolescence is also possible.
Externship students work under the close supervision of licensed psychologists, and will have a primary supervisor and secondary supervisor if appropriate (e.g., a primary supervisor for assessment, with a secondary for intervention). Externs are also invited to our weekly group clinical discussions (Tuesdays at 3:30) and scientific research meetings (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30).
Opportunities that can be integrated into the externship:
How the externship activities are determined: After interviews, we will identify opportunities that meet the extern’s training goals and availability. Externs with a preference for training with a particular age group (e.g., early childhood) should indicate this preference in their application. The externship can be either one or two days per week.
Starting date: flexible between July 1 and September 1.
Supervisors: Whitney Rog, PsyD; Kim Miller, PhD
Position: The Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome assesses and treats children and adolescents with various forms of amplified pain. Amplified pain is characterized by the development of an abnormal nerve pathway that causes significant amplification of pain and dysfunction. Amplified pain can be caused by injury, illness and/or stress, though stress very frequently plays a role. Amplified pain is treated at CHOP through a combination of physical and occupational therapy, and psychological intervention. Pain medications are not used, as amplified pain does not typically respond to pain medications.
Patients suspected of having amplified pain are initially referred for interdisciplinary pain clinic evaluation, which involves psychological evaluation. This psychological evaluation may include interpretation of measures assessing functional disability and quality of life. The evaluation also includes a review of records, focused clinical interview, and gathering of information from collateral resources, as appropriate.
The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, including evaluation for readiness to participate in CHOP’s intensive Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program, if deemed medically appropriate.
Start date: Summer
Supervisors: Jason Lewis, PhD, Cherie Gerstadt, PhD
Position: The Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) provides evaluation and intervention services for children and adolescents with depression and other mood disorders. The major focus of the externship placement is through the evaluation arm of the clinic, during which the student will have an opportunity to learn how to conduct a thorough semi-structured diagnostic interview, and will participate in a weekly diagnostic multidisciplinary team consensus meeting. The student will also have an opportunity, if desired, to get individual and/or group therapy experience. Potential group options include high-school or middle-school cognitive-behavioral therapy depression groups, parent management training groups, and DBT skills groups. Individual therapy includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy for Depressed Adolescents.
Qualifications: third or fourth year graduate students in clinical child psychology doctoral programs with previous hospital-based externship/practicum experience
Start date: July
Supervisor: Nancy Silverman, PhD
Position: CHOP Family Care Clinic, a service specializing in the treatment of infants, children and adolescents with perinatally-acquired HIV infection. The clinic provides both primary and specialized care and consists of a multidisciplinary staff including medicine, nursing, social work, health education, nutrition and psychology.
The externship focuses primarily on psychological assessment and involves learning to administer, score, interpret and write up the results of cognitive, developmental, and academic evaluations across a wide age range (infancy to early adulthood). Instruments routinely used include: Bayley Scales of Infant Development (3rd edition), WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WASI-II and WAIS-IV. Opportunities are also available to administer and write up comprehensive psychoeducational batteries utilizing tools to assess academic functioning (WIAT-III) as well as tests of other relevant areas such as memory and learning, phonological processing and executive functioning. Students are also responsible for and receive training in presenting test results and recommendations to both caregivers and clinic team members.
Primary duties: Administration, scoring, interpretation and writing reports of cognitive, developmental and psycho-educational assessments. Students are also involved in providing feedback on test results and recommendations to patients, families and multidisciplinary clinic staff. The externship also offers the opportunity to conduct individual and group psychotherapy. Students receive close individual supervision from a licensed psychologist on all assessment activities. For therapy activities, individual supervision with a trained social worker is provided. Externship students also participate in regular multidisciplinary patient care meetings that occur at the close of the clinic day.
Externship is for 8 hours (one day) per week. Students must be available on Wednesdays.
Qualifications: The externship is appropriate for students who are at least in their second year of graduate training as well as those who have had some exposure to administering cognitive/IQ tests.
Start Date: July
Supervisor: Julie Gettings, PhD
Hours per week: 8
Position: The rotation is intended to provide the extern with training in motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while working with youth with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the outpatient diabetes clinic.
Common reasons patients present for treatment are: difficulties with adherence to the medical regimen, problems coping with chronic illness, and parent-child discord surrounding disease management. The extern will gain supervised experience in outpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review), and intervention. Specific intervention strategies include: use of MI strategies to promote adherence to the medical regimen, CBT to improve coping and functioning, and psychoeducation about the relationship between uncontrolled diabetes and mood and anxiety symptoms.
Externs will be expected to practice within a multidisciplinary care model, including endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, dieticians, social workers, and a child life specialist. If schedules allow, the extern may gain exposure to inpatient consultation, assessment, and intervention with this population as well as the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds with colleagues in the Diabetes Center.
Director: Lamia Barakat, PhD, Lynne Kaplan, PhD, Natalie Nageeb, PsyD, Torri Jones, PhD
Position: The Division of Oncology at CHOP offers an intervention externship for advanced psychology graduate students with familiarity and/or previous experience with clinical intervention for children, adolescents and their families. The student works under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist in the CHOP Cancer Center at the Main and Voorhees sites. The externship position aims to build competencies in pediatric psychology psychoeducation, consultation and intervention.
Primary duties: The externship provides students with opportunities to participate in pediatric psychology programming activities in oncology. A primary activity is to meet with families of children newly diagnosed with cancer to review materials focused on psycho-education and coping strategies. Depending on the experience level of the externship student and current department needs, other activities will include co-leading a support group for parents of children with cancer, participating in psychology consultation for children with cancer and their families, and co-therapy intervention. Patients vary in age and cancer diagnoses.
Requires some mobility and some bending and lifting.
Director: Evelyn Brooks Ridgeway, PhD
Externship description: Children from low-income families often are not afforded a variety of necessary early experiences to promote positive development, consequently placing them at risk for developmental delays and poor educational and health outcomes. The Early Head Start Program was developed to respond to this issue for low-income pregnant women and families with children birth to age 3. Early Head Start aims to:
In addition, Early Head Start is charged with ensuring that at least 10 percent of the services provided are for children who are eligible for Part C services under the state’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The Early Head Start Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (EHS at CHOP) uses a relationship-based approach with families to assess families’ needs, and jointly develop goals to address the areas of risk and/or need. Home visitors with training in early child development provide weekly home-based services to the 124 families participating in the home-based option, while the center-based option provides quality care in a group setting for 12 infants and toddlers. The home visitors and center-based liaison are supported by the EHS multidisciplinary team in providing quarterly Family Review case conferences, regular developmental screening and assessments, assisting families in accessing community based services and resources, and providing opportunities for families to connect with each other for education and support. EHS at CHOP is based at the CHOP Karabots Primary Care Center in West Philadelphia.
Depending on the extern’s level of experience and interest, extern will work closely with the Child Development and Mental Health Manager (licensed psychologist) and participate in EHS activities which support and promote Infant Mental Health, including:
Past externs have:
Start Date: Flexible (June – October)
Supervisors: Alix Timko, PhD, Rachel Millner, PsyD, Alison Kaufman, PsyD
Position: The psychology externship student works with an interdisciplinary team comprised of psychology, medicine, nutrition and social work to treat adolescents with an eating disorder (primarily anorexia) in a family-based outpatient setting.
The Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program serves a range of children and their families. Children and adolescents are primarily 12-18 years of age, but it is possible to see children/adolescents outside this age range. The majority of adolescents present with anorexia, but there may be opportunities to treat adolescents with other eating disorders as well.
Students will be trained in Family-based Treatment (FBT) and Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment (ASFT) as well as other family-based modalities. FBT is currently the gold standard of care, and ASFT is a family-based approach informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
In addition to seeing families as part of the outpatient program, there are opportunities available to see families as part of a research protocol comparing FBT to ASFT. As part of the research protocol, students will have the opportunity to conduct comprehensive assessments of the family. All students will be trained in the administration of the Eating Disorder Examination, a semi-structured interview used to diagnose eating disorders. For those interested, research opportunities are available.
Supervisors: Outpatient: Alix Timko, PhD, Rachel Millner, PsyD, and Alison Kaufman, PsyD, Consult/Liaison through BHIP: Leela Jackson, PsyD
Position: The Eating Disorders Program is a joint collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The Eating Disorders Program provides inpatient and outpatient services to address the medical and psychological needs of children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating issues.
Families are recognized as the tenets of supporting the child and adolescent through treatment. The unique strengths of families are recognized through all phases of treatment.
Opportunities for the practicum student include attending inpatient rounds (i.e. consultation-liaison and adolescent medicine), inpatient consultation and follow-up, outpatient therapy sessions and working with the multidisciplinary clinic for assessment and treatment of eating disorders.
Qualifications: Preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology
Supervisor: Paul M. Robins, PhD
Position: The Family Stress and Illness Program provides family-based outpatient services to address the psychological needs of children and families experiencing acute or chronic illnesses, as well as more general child clinical concerns.
The unique strengths of families are recognized through all aspects of care, in particular the essential impact families have on illness management and health outcomes. Priority is assigned to providing care for children and families who have recently experienced inpatient medical hospitalization and require ongoing psychological care to optimize healthy adjustments. Many children seen through this program are experiencing somatic symptom disorder concerns (e.g., recurrent abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and other pain presentations).
Supervisors: Betsy Turner, PhD, Kari Baber, PhD, Kim Wesley, PsyD, Kelly Rodriguez, PhD
Position: The externship program in pediatric psychology with specialization in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition is designed to provide the extern with exposure to and training in multidisciplinary care for pediatric patients with chronic GI illnesses.
Patients presenting to our program have diagnoses of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation with or without encopresis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional GI disorders, including adolescent rumination syndrome.
The extern will gain supervised experience in outpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review) and intervention. Specific intervention strategies include behavioral treatment/parent training for toilet (re)training and treatment of encopresis, behavioral treatment for rumination syndrome, cognitive behavioral treatment to promote improved coping and functioning, and supportive intervention with children and families. The extern also may gain exposure to inpatient consultation, assessment and intervention with this population.
The extern will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds with colleagues from nursing, social work and child life, if his/her schedule allows. Psychologists working in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition practice in co-located clinics with our medical colleagues, including physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses, and the extern will have supervised experience participating in collaborative multidisciplinary care.
Start date: July
Supervisors: Outpatient: Betsy Turner, PhD, Kari Baber, PhD, Kim Wesley, PsyD, Margo Szabo, PhD
Consult/Liaison through BHIP: Meghan Kraenbring, PsyD
Position: This externship program in pediatric psychology with specialization in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition is designed to provide the extern with exposure to and training in multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care for pediatric patients with chronic GI illnesses.
Patient presentations/diagnoses include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation with or without encopresis, feeding disorders, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional GI disorders, including adolescent rumination syndrome.
The extern will gain supervised experience in outpatient and inpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review) and intervention. Specific intervention strategies include behavioral treatment/parent training for toilet (re)training and treatment of encopresis, behavioral treatment for rumination syndrome, cognitive behavioral treatment to promote improved coping and functioning with pain, GI symptoms, chronic illness and prolonged hospitalization, and supportive intervention with children and families.
The extern will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds with colleagues from psychiatry, nursing, social work, and child life. Psychologists working in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition practice in co-located clinics with our medical colleagues, including physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses, dieticians and social workers. The extern will have supervised experience participating in collaborative multidisciplinary care.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (Shared training opportunity with AMPS or Epilepsy Program)
Supervisor: Dina Karvounides, PsyD
Position: The Pediatric Headache Program specializes in the care of children with disabling and hard-to-treat headaches (e.g., chronic migraine, new daily persistent headache, chronic post-traumatic headache). The multidisciplinary headache program team consists of board-certified neurologists, two nurses, a nurse practitioner, social worker and psychologist. This externship will focus on both evaluation and treatment of psychological factors related to headaches. The initial evaluation consists of a joint multidisciplinary assessment conducted by the attending physician or nurse practitioner as well as the psychologist. The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, which may include cognitive behavioral therapy within the headache program or with community providers if more appropriate.
Qualifications: Preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology with some experience of providing therapy to adolescents
Note: This position is offered part time and may be eligible for use in conjunction with another service (Epilepsy; AMPS) with the expectation of one day in Headache Program and one day in the other service per week (two days/week total).
Supervisors: Colleen Lukens, PhD, Loretta Martin-Halpine, PsyD, Nancy Silverman, PhD
Position: The psychology externship student works with a consultative, interdisciplinary team comprised of psychology, medicine, nutrition, speech therapy and occupational therapy to evaluate feeding disorders. The clinic serves a range of children, primarily from infancy through elementary ages, who demonstrate a variety of feeding problems, such as limited intake of food and/or fluids, limited variety of foods and failure to transition to advanced food textures. The student works under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.
Supervisor: Amanda Riisen, PsyD, Carinna Scotti-degnan, PhD
Position: The training goal of this rotation is to provide the extern with opportunities in administering psychological services as a member of the interdisciplinary Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program (PREP). Psychological services provided include:
Common referral issues include adjustment to illness, treatment adherence, managing medication side effects, child/parent coping with anxiety directly related to seizures, and assessment/treatment for comorbid psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavioral issues.
This rotation is an eight-hour single day rotation, taking place on Monday, Thursday or Friday.
Required training activities include:
Supervisors: Nancy Braveman, MS, PsyD; Teresa Brieck, MSS, LCSW
Position: The Safe Place Treatment and Support Program (SPTS) provides psychosocial support services and mental health treatment to children and families dealing with sexual abuse. The program typically treats children from 3 to 14 years of age who have been medically evaluated by a CHOP team for known or suspected sexual abuse. Externship students would work at CARE Clinic as part of an outpatient team that includes medicine, social work and psychology, and also provide ongoing psychoeducation, support and trauma treatment (TF-CBT). The externship is offered for 16 hours per week.
Director: Thomas J. Power, PhD, ABPP
Supervisors: Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD
Position: The Center for Management of ADHD at CHOP is a multidisciplinary program providing assessment, treatment and consultation services for children with ADHD and their families. The Center treats children from ages 3 to 18 years. In addition to clinical services, the ADHD Center is also dedicated to research investigating innovative treatment services for children with ADHD. Students in this position will assist in diagnostic assessment of ADHD and related behavioral, emotional, intellectual, and learning disability diagnoses at our 3440 Market Street, Philadelphia location.
Time Commitment: 4 hours per week
Qualifications: Pre-requisite: Students should have completed a graduate level course in psychological assessment before starting this Externship.
Supervisors: Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-Cn, Training Director; Thomas Flynn, PhD, ABPP-Cn Program Director,
Additional supervisors: Nina Thomas, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Sarah Murphy-Bowman, PsyD; Lisa Blaskey, PhD; Juhi Pandey, PhD; Lyla Hampton, PhD; Katherine Baum, PhD; and Arianna Stefanatos, PhD
Position: The Pediatric Neuropsychology program provides neuropsychological assessment and consultation services for children/adolescents from a wide age range and with varying presenting concerns. The program receives referrals from many different medical services, including neurology, neurosurgery, hematology/oncology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and from a variety of clinics for neurodevelopmental disorders.
The neuropsychology externship student has the opportunity to work with one of our neuropsychology faculty on outpatient neuropsychological assessments and may also gain exposure to inpatients and the various multidisciplinary teams with whom the neuropsychologists collaborate.
Qualifications: Preference for students with prior exposure to neuropsychology through either course work and/or clinical experience. Also preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students
Supervisor: Iris Paltin, PhD, Hannah Schofield, PhD, ABPP-Cn
Position: The Division of Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a neuropsychological assessment externship for psychology graduate students with previous experience conducting neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents. The student works under the close supervision of Dr. Iris Paltin and Dr. Hannah Schofield, pediatric neuropsychologists in the Division of Oncology.
Patient population: Patient population consists of children, adolescents, and young adults with brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and other pediatric cancer conditions. Patients are referred for assessment at various points after diagnosis, ranging from recent diagnosis to long-term survivors. Patients range in age from 3 through 30+.
Primary duties: During this 16-hour per week placement the externship student will gain extensive experience conducting family and patient interviews, administering a wide range of measures, scoring, interpreting and integrating results, writing comprehensive reports with targeted recommendations, and providing feedback. Multiple hours of individual supervision provided per case.
Qualifications: Enrolled in a graduate program (third year or above) in school, clinical or counseling psychology. Prior experience conducting assessments with children/adolescents. Familiarity with neuropsychological measures.
Optional meetings/activities: Neuropsychology seminar, oncology psychosocial team meetings, grand rounds
Start date: Beginning July
Supervisor: Melissa Xanthopoulos, PhD
Position: This position provides externship students the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team from pulmonary, neurology, nursing, respiratory therapy, psychiatry and psychology.
Externship students will:
This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn general behavioral principles and techniques for patients ranging in age from 3 months to 21 years.
Primary duties: Students are responsible for interviewing patients, formulating a treatment plan, and providing follow-up by phone and in-person.
Qualifications: Experience and/or coursework related to children and adolescents. Third or fourth year doctoral students preferred.
Supervisors: Jodi Mindell, PhD; Melisa Moore, PhD, Jocelyn Thomas, PhD
Position: This rotation provides externship students the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team from pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry and psychology. Externship students will gain knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of both physical and behavioral sleep disorders, with a special emphasis on the behavioral treatment of bedtime problems and night wakings. In addition to learning skills relevant to sleep disorders, this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn general behavioral principles and techniques.
During 2019-2020, we will offer six clinics, Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays, where we see patients from ages 3 months to 21 years with a variety of sleep disorders.
Primary duties: Students are responsible for interviewing patients, formulating diagnoses, creating treatment plans and providing follow-up care.
Qualifications: Third or fourth year doctoral students preferred.