Introduction:
Each year the Child and Family Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt offers post-doctoral fellowship positions for candidates who are interested in extending their knowledge and experience in the practice of clinical work with urban children, adolescents and families.  All of our fellowships offer a full range of training experiences in clinical work with an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population. Fellows provide individual, group, dyadic and family therapy, crisis services, diagnostic interviews, neuropsychological assessment and school and community-based interventions.  The implementation of empirically validated strategies is emphasized.  All fellows have the opportunity to develop supervisory skills and will participate in advanced courses on supervision and psychotherapy.  We offer five positions based in our outpatient department (OPD) and one in the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES), a day program for singly and dually-diagnosed teens.

Program Descriptions:
The post-doctoral fellowship training program in psychology at the Child and Family Institute OPD consists of the following tracks:

Parent-Infant Treatment/Community Psychology:
The fellowship in our Parent-Infant Center (PIC) provides the opportunity for two trainees to spend approximately half of the their time focusing on assessment, intervention strategies, program development and research related to work with at-risk caregivers and their babies ages 0 to 3. Under the supervision of Dr. Wendie Klapper and a team of specialists in early childhood development, the fellows will co-lead parenting groups and conduct dyadic psychotherapy sessions with the goal of facilitating the establishment of healthy attachment relationships between caregivers and young children.

Testing and Assessment/Community Psychology:
The fellowship in Testing and Assessment will allow one trainee to focus on the development of skills in neuropsychological testing and assessment with adolescents who present with learning difficulties and developmental delays.  This fellow will spend time each week in our adolescent day program administering evaluations, analyzing results, writing reports and collaborating with educational and clinical staff to implement recommendations.  The fellow will work closely with Drs. Nelson Dorta and Preetika Mukherjee, pediatric neuropsychologists who will provide mentoring and supervision.

Community Psychology (DBT Focus):
Under the supervision of Clare Dacey, LCSW and Dana Parchi, Psy.D. this post-doc will learn about the assessment and treatment of patients with affect regulation difficulties. Responsibilities will include providing evidence-based Dialectical Behavior Therapy in both individual and group formats to adolescents and their families in our outpatient program.  Individual supervision will be provided by the program’s lead clinicians.  The fellow in this position will also attend weekly consultation team meetings as well as an intensive didactic course on DBT.

The other portion of the fellows’ clinical time for all of these positions will be spent working in the general OPD and in the community treating children and adolescents in satellite clinics located within local elementary and high schools.  Throughout the training year they will have the opportunity to supervise both psychology and psychiatry trainees as part of a course on supervision.  They will also attend case conferences, Journal Club, Grand Rounds and a variety of individual and group supervision sessions (i.e., family therapy supervision and group therapy supervision).

Pediatric Neuropsychology:
This is a two-year specialty fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology coordinated through the Child and Family Institute. This position is offered on alternate years and applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 training year. The fellow’s primary rotations for this position include assessment, treatment, planning and consultation to the following services:

  1. General outpatient child and adolescent clinic-primary referrals concerning learning, developmental and attention disorder differential diagnosis.
  2. Developmental Disabilities Clinic- Outpatient assessment of patients referred to the Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt neurology department for a range of presenting problems including epilepsy and brain injury.
  3. Adolescent Day Program- Assessment of adolescent patients with serious psychiatric and substance abuse concerns with co-occuring learning issues.
  4. Pediatric Medicine- Assessment and consultation to inpatient and outpatient pediatric services in the hospital.

This is primarily a clinical position with the possibility of some research time allocated in the 2nd year.  Two pediatric neuropsychologists provide supervision and a year-long didactic course in pediatric neuropsychology will be offered. Please note that the application deadline for this position is December 17, 2012. 

Adolescent Substance Abuse and Day Treatment:

This is a one-year full time position for a recent, unlicensed Ph.D. or Psy.D. interested in working with adolescents who have co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse diagnoses in a milieu treatment setting.  Fellowship training takes place at the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES). At CARES the fellow will act as a junior staff member in a community-oriented day treatment setting serving high school students. The fellow will also serve as the primary clinical liaison (along with the Director) to the Education Staff. The CARES program incorporates an eclectic approach to treatment with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the Transtheoretical Model of Stages of Change, and trauma-focused treatment (ARC model). The fellow will receive intensive training and supervision in these models. They will also receive training in the treatment of substance abuse and will have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to a pre-doctoral intern. As part of their training, fellows also function as milieu staff where they gain experience in brief solution-focused triage and intervention. Fellows carry a caseload of individual therapy patients and co-lead various therapy groups, which may include recovery groups as well as DBT groups.  Fellows also conduct psychiatric intake evaluations for CARES referrals at the Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Comprehensive Assessment Center. In addition, they take seminars on professional development, supervision and advanced psychotherapy techniques. Additional opportunities for supervision and/or teaching at CFI may be available and can be tailored to individual interests.

Stipend and Benefits:
The stipend for the post-doctoral fellowships is currently $35,000.  Future stipends will not be less than this amount. Post-doctoral fellows are entitled to full health insurance benefits for themselves and their families.  They received four weeks of paid vacation, four personal days, twelve sick days and three conference days.

Instructions for Applying:
In order to be considered for a position applicants are required to defend their dissertations by June 30, 2013.

Please include the following materials in with your application:

  1. One copy of your CV
  2. One copy of a psychological testing report if you are applying for a testing position
  3. One copy of an article/manuscript OR a brief (600 words or less) description of your dissertation research
  4. Official transcript(s) of doctoral-level work
  5. Two letters of reference (one academic/research, one clinical)
  6. One copy of a personal statement illustrating your ideas about how the fellowship you are applying for will help you reach specific professional goals.

With the exception of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship application which is due on December 17, 2012 all other applications are due by February 4, 2013.  If you mail your application all materials must be sent in a single envelope.  Email submissions must be sent with all documents attached to a single message.  Notification for the Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship will be on February 1, 2013. Offers for the remaining positions will be made by the last week in March 2013.

Please send your application to the attention of:
Ms. Nicole Benjamin, Educational Coordinator
Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt
Department of Psychiatry
1090 Amsterdam Avenue,16th FL
New York, NY
10025
Telephone: (212) 523-5194
Fax: (212) 523-3642
Email: nbenjamin@chpnet.org

Please contact Elizabeth Merrill, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology Education and Training with questions about these positions at emerrill@chpnet.org.


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