Clinical Psychology Externship Program

Overview

The University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience offers comprehensive training programs for advanced psychology graduate students. These externships provide training in assessment and intervention for patients presenting to a large academic medical center for evaluation and/or treatment. Externs are expected to be enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Training occurs in the Adult and Child Sections of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Externships at UCM have different requirements for application—please read the specific instructions for each program. All externs receive at least one hour of individual supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist. Further, externs are an integral part of the education mission of our Department and attend numerous required and optional didactic experiences.

Faculty who provide externship training at UCM do not abide by ACEPT training guidelines. Thus, we will not be following the official Chicago-area “Match Day” policies. However, we will be participating in a collaborative effort to standardize the application due dates, interviews, and offer schedules. For the 2021-2022 training year, applications for all our clinical psychology externships will be due on Friday, January 29th, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CST. Please follow the specific instructions for application materials related to the program to which you are applying. Interviews will be conducted between Monday, February 1st, 2021 and Thursday February 25th, 2021. Offers may be extended at any time; please ask the Externship Director about their preference for a response. While, all offers must be accepted or declined no later than 9 a.m. on Friday, February 26th, 2021, some programs may require an earlier response. Our supervisors will make every effort to conform with your program’s expectations and policies. Positions will remain open past 2/26/2021 if they have not been filled. After this date, please contact the Externship Director to see if positions remain available.

Applicants who accept any externship should understand that prior to commencing training at UCM, they will be required to successfully pass a required medical examination which includes TB testing and a drug test. Failure to pass these screenings will render you ineligible to train at UCM. Further, you will be expected to complete required on-line training per UCM regulations (e.g. HIPAA, Compliance Training, etc.). You will also be expected to provide your supervisor with a copy of your school’s malpractice insurance coverage for its students. If you have supplemental individual malpractice insurance, this documentation is needed as well.

Each externship program is described in more detail below. Applicants should apply directly to the Director(s) of the specific program. If you choose to apply to more than one externship program, you should submit an application to each individual program.  The application deadline for all our externship programs is January 29th, 2021  If you require an extension, please contact the Director(s) of the specific program to which you are applying. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

We look forward to receiving your application.  We believe that the University of Chicago Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience provides a stimulating and challenging educational environment.  We hope that you will experience our programs as opportunities for supervised training in evidence-based assessment and treatment and integration of the science and practice of clinical psychology.  Please direct any general questions about the Externship Programs to Dr. Shona Vas, Director of Clinical Psychology Training at svas@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Note: At this point in time, any description of our externship program would be incomplete without alluding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the level of risk posed by this disease and with the safety of our trainees, staff, faculty, and patients as our paramount concern, we transitioned to providing services virtually with most providers working from home. Our inpatient and neuropsychology programs were most impacted during this transition, and were therefore necessarily the first services to return to the medical center. We currently provide inpatient care, consultation services, and neuropsychological assessment using hybrid models as much as possible with appropriate safety protocols for when face-to-face contact is necessary. The next group of clinics to return to the medical center will involve those services that are embedded in integrated settings. Outpatient services for psychiatric care and psychotherapy in particular are being conducted remotely via video and phone. We recognize that virtual services for children and families are less than optimal and will therefore prioritize these populations as we return to “normal.” We conduct didactics and some supervision virtually in order to support our interns’ safety. We have highlighted the importance of flexibility and creativity as we adapted to challenges of COVID-19. When trainees, staff and faculty are on site, our program, department, division, and institution follow infection control procedures and national and state regulations as informed by science and safety. We are committed to maintaining the integrity of our training programs and the acquisition of profession-wide competencies while balancing the safety of our trainees, faculty, and patients. Questions about specific COVID-19 adjustments to particular externship experiences may be directed to each supervisor. We also acknowledge the uncertain and evolving nature of the pandemic and that additional adaptations to preserve the integrity of our programs and safety of our trainees and faculty may need to be made in 2021-22 

Shona Vas, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Externship Programs

Supervisor: Daniel J. Fridberg, Ph.D.

1 Position

Overview: The purpose of this advanced psychotherapy externship is to provide training in evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy for addiction and related disorders in the Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders (ACID) clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine. Patients in this clinic present primarily with substance use or impulse control disorders (i.e., “behavioral addictions”). The majority meet criteria for a comorbid mood or anxiety disorder. Externs will conduct semi-structured diagnostic evaluations for patients referred to the clinic and will provide empirically supported psychotherapeutic interventions including motivational enhancement therapy/motivational interviewing (MET/MI) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition, externs will gain experience in providing CBT for smoking cessation through participation in our weekly Courage to Quit™ smoking cessation group. Last, externs will assist with psychological evaluations for patients being considered for liver or kidney transplantation, many of whom have comorbid substance-related, mood, or anxiety disorders.

Externs will carry a caseload of approximately 5 individual therapy patients per week and will receive at least one hour of individual supervision with Dr. Fridberg, with the possibility of additional supervision in individual or group formats by another faculty member or psychology intern. Possibilities to collaborate with Dr. Fridberg and other faculty on ongoing research projects may be available as well.

Didactics: Externs will be REQUIRED to be on site on Thursdays to participate in didactics. Didactic experiences include Health Psychology Seminar, supervision, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Professional Issues, CBT and Multidisciplinary Case Conferences, and the Liver Transplant Service Multidisciplinary Meeting. 

Requirements:  Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on site)
  • Attendance on Mondays and Thursdays each week
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application
  • Completion of graduate coursework is preferred
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Application: Students interested in applying for the Addiction and Related Disorders Externship Program should send the following materials by e-mail to Dr. Daniel Fridberg (dfridberg@ bsd.uchicago.edu). The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applicants who submit their materials by January 29, 2021.

  • Letter of interest
  • Current curriculum vita (CV)
  • Copy of current academic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors who are familiar with your work. Letters should be emailed directly to Dr. Fridberg.

Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in February 2021. Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis.

Daniel Fridberg, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Supervisors: Maureen Lacy, Ph.D. & Joseph Fink, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN

Number of Positions: Open

The Adult Neuropsychology program is designed to provide an advanced training experience in neuropsychological assessment for individuals interested in pursuing a career in clinical neuropsychology. This experience is designed to prepare you for an internship that adheres to the APA Division 40 and Houston Conference guidelines for training in clinical neuropsychology.

The Adult Neuropsychology program at UCM receives inpatient and outpatient requests for assessment and treatment from several departments and clinics within UCM, as well as from private referral sources and school settings. These referrals span the entire list of adult neuropathological entities such as aphasia, epilepsy, degenerative disorders, tumors, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. The experience focuses on the selection, administration, and scoring of neuropsychological tests, as well as in formulating test interpretations and communicating test results through written reports and oral presentations. Outpatient evaluations are typically conducted in day-long (seven hour) sessions. The intensive nature of these assessment sessions provides an opportunity to learn in a more in-depth fashion about different types of neuropsychological syndromes as well as to participate in case formulation and plan test selection. Externs will also be exposed to intracarotid amytal (WADA) testing used in prospective neurosurgical patients.

Adult neuropsychology externs devote 16-20 hours per week for a full year, starting on July 1st and ending June 30th.   The extern is required to spend one day per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) in clinic interviewing patients, and administrating, scoring, and interpreting neuropsychological test instruments, along with writing reports. All externs must also attend Friday's didactic series which is an all-day series of educational conferences, seminars, and group supervision.  Topics covered include:

Brain Cutting: which is devoted to the examination of gross brain anatomy, and is geared towards understanding the neuropathology of neurological diseases

Neuroanatomy Series: an 8-10 week seminar series focused on offering a review (or introduction) of neuroanatomy principles and brain behavior relationships.

Clinical Neuroscience Series: is a weekly meeting devoted to special topics and clinical case presentations in neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry

Case Conferences: in the second half of the year, each extern will formally present a case, in the context of relevant literature. They will foster discussion of the data, summary and recommendations.

Neuropsychology Group Supervision: is a weekly meeting which provides the extern with the opportunity to examine data and discuss cases seen in various clinics by other faculty, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. The extern will also have an opportunity to informally present cases to the group for discussion.

All materials should be compiled by the applicant and sent in one mailing. Please include:

  1. Letter of intent, including statement of career goals and interests in our program
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. School transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (in signed and sealed envelopes)
  5. One diagnostic report psychological assessment or initial evaluation (or other writing sample if not available)
  6. In addition to mail application please email Curriculum vita and cover letter for expedited review to: (Dr.Lacy) mlacy@yoda.bsd.uchicago.eduand cc clinic coordinator (Todd Nader) tnader@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu

Send completed mail application materials to:
Maureen Lacy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
ATTN: Clinical Psychology Externship Selection Committee
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, MC 3077
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-1470

Applications are currently being accepted. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in February 2021. Offers will be made on an ongoing basis. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled.

For questions about Adult Neuropsychology Training, please e-mail Dr. Lacy directly at mlacy@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Joseph W. Fink, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Maureen A Lacy, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Professor of Neurological Surgery

 

Supervisor: Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.

4 Positions

Overview:  This advanced psychotherapy externship is designed to provide training in evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy in our Adult Outpatient Clinic.  Externs will conduct semi-structured diagnostic evaluations for patients presenting with a range of psychopathology across various DSM-5 disorders and provide empirically-supported treatment using individual and possibly, group therapy.  Externs are an integral part of the clinical team and will learn to function within the multidisciplinary environment of a large academic medical center.  Externs carry a caseload of approximately 10 patients per week.  All trainees receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Vas.  Additional supervision in individual or group formats may be provided by an advanced trainee and/or another staff member.

Didactics:  Externs are REQUIRED to be on site on Tuesdays as most didactics are conducted on this day.  Didactic training includes CBT seminar (2 hours per week for 6 months) and the Anxiety Clinic Team Lab Meeting. Externs are also required to attend an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) seminar from September through May. Externs may access other didactic experiences depending on which day they are on site.  These offerings include Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Health Psychology, Diversity, Professional Issues, CBT and Multidisciplinary Case Conferences, and Consultation-Liaison Case Conference. 

Requirements:  Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on-site). 
  • Attendance on Tuesdays is mandatory for a team meeting and CBT seminar
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Completion of a Master’s degree at the time of application
  • Completion of graduate coursework is preferred
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

Application:  Students interested in applying for the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Shona Vas (svas@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu) by January 29th, 2021. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Virtual interviews will be conducted in February.

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly. 
    Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
    Director, CBT Program
    The University of Chicago
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
    Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship may also be directed to Dr. Vas via e-mail.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in between February 1 and February 19, 2021. Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis. Candidates who are offered a position will be provided with a time frame within which they must make a decision. Please note that a response may be required sooner than 2/26/2021. Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.

Shona Vas, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Supervisor: Jennifer Wildes, Ph.D.

1-2 positions

Overview: The University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program provides evidence-based assessment and treatment services to adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and related feeding and eating problems. Treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral and family-based interventions.

Externs will join a multidisciplinary team comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers with extensive expertise in eating and weight disorders. Extern responsibilities include: 1) conducting diagnostic assessments to guide treatment recommendations; 2) providing evidence-based outpatient psychotherapy to adolescents and their families, as well as adults; and 3) participating in multidisciplinary team rounds (Mondays from 12-1). Attendance on Mondays is mandatory, but other days are negotiable. All trainees receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week provided by Dr. Wildes. Additional supervision in individual and group formats may be provided by a psychology intern, postdoctoral fellow, or another Eating Disorders Program staff member.

Didactics: Externs are expected to participate in a weekly Eating Disorders Program didactics meeting that includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant clinical materials (e.g., treatment manuals). Externs also will have the opportunity to attend Eating Disorders Program research meetings, as well as a variety of didactics offered through the Department of Psychiatry, depending on the days they are on site.

Requirements: Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • Able to devote 15-20 hours per week to the externship. Must be on-site on Mondays.
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application.
  • Completion of graduate coursework preferred.
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy.
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Application: Students interested in applying for the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Jennifer Wildes (jwildes@uchicago.edu) by January 29,  2021.

  1.  Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by mail to the following address:

Jennifer Wildes, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship may be directed to Dr. Wildes via email.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between February 1st and February 25th. All decisions concluded by Feb 26th. Positions will remain open until filled; so please check back after February 26th for openings.

Jennifer Wildes, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Supervisors: Jennifer Wildes, Ph.D.; Alexandra Masterson, LCSW

1-2 positions

Overview: This training experience is designed for externs who are interested in gaining clinical experience evaluating adults with obesity seeking weight loss surgery.  Activities take place primarily within The University of Chicago's Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity (CSTO), which has been designated as an American Society for Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The CSTO is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, dietitians, and mental health experts who work together to evaluate and follow up with bariatric surgery patients. The psychology team has an integral role in making recommendations to surgery candidates and to the CSTO team regarding patient readiness for surgery.

Bariatric surgery clinics are held Monday, from 8am to 12pm; Wednesday, from 8am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5pm; and Thursday, from 1pm to 5pm. Practicum days are negotiable, but attendance on Mondays and Wednesdays is strongly encouraged. Part-time placements (10 hours/week) may be allowed for exceptional candidates. The extern's primary responsibilities include: 1) conducting psychosocial assessments with bariatric surgery candidates (i.e., evaluating appraisal and motivation for surgery; past and present eating-related and general psychopathology; coping skills; and social support); and 2) following up with patients who already have undergone surgery to assess ongoing psychosocial functioning and assist with goal-setting, behavior change, and motivation. Other responsibilities may include managing the research database (e.g., collecting and entering data); assisting with the maintenance of IRB protocols; preparing materials for a variety of patient groups (e.g., preoperative readiness education program; surgery support group); and attending CSTO team rounds (held Mondays from 3-4pm).

All trainees receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week provided by Dr. Wildes. On-site supervision at CSTO is provided by staff social workers. Additional supervision in individual and group formats may be provided by a psychology intern or postdoctoral fellow.

Didactics: Externs are expected to participate in a weekly Eating Disorders Program didactics meeting that includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant clinical materials (e.g., treatment manuals). Externs also will have the opportunity to attend Eating Disorders Program research meetings, as well as a variety of didactics offered through the Department of Psychiatry, depending on the days they are on site.

Requirements: Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • Able to devote 20 hours per week to the bariatric surgery team (10 hours per week for a part-time externship).
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Completion of master’s degree at the time of application.
  • Completion of graduate coursework preferred.
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving diagnostic assessment.
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Application: Students interested in applying for the Eating Disorders Program: Bariatric Surgery Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Jennifer Wildes (jwildes@uchicago.edu) by Friday, January 29th, 2021. 

  1.  Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by mail to the following address:

Jennifer Wildes, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship may be directed to Dr. Wildes via email.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between February 1st and February 25th. .

Jennifer Wildes, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Supervisor: Candice Norcott, Ph.D.

1 Position

Overview:  This is an advanced psychotherapy externship designed to provide training in Clinical Health Psychology with a specialization in women’s reproductive health.  Externs will provide evaluation, consultation, and short- and long-term evidence-based treatments for patients with comorbid medical and mental health issues.   This externship works closely with providers from the Family Planning Section of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.  Patients will be drawn from the adult psychiatry clinic, peds/adolescent gynecology clinics, general gynecology, and the Ryan Center.  The Ryan Center provides reliable, confidential, and comprehensive health care for women seeking abortion services, contraceptive services and miscarriage care.  Externs will spend a half-day within the Ryan Center providing integrated behavioral health services.  They will also carry a caseload of outpatients for psychotherapy, and learn to work within the multidisciplinary environment of an academic medical center.  Externs will see approximately 3-5 patients per week and will receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Norcott.  An intern and/or another staff member may provide additional individual or group supervision.

Didactics:  Didactic training includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant reproductive and women’s health psychology materials. Externs are able to attend other didactics depending on which day they are on site.  These offerings include Grand Rounds, the Health Psychology Seminar, the CBT Seminar, Ryan Center Clinic Meeting, MacLean Center Ethics Lecture Series, CBT and Multidisciplinary Case Conferences, and Consultation-Liaison Case Conference. 

Requirements:  Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • Able to devote 16-20 hours per week (2 full days, Monday and Thursday, on site).
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Application:  Students interested in applying for the Adult Clinical Health Psychology Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Candice Norcott (cnorcott@bsd.uchicago.edu) by January 29th, 2021.

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by regular mail to the following address:

Candice Norcott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC2050
Chicago, IL 60637

Applications should be submitted by January 29th, 2021.  Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, ideally by February 26th.  Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis.  Questions about the externship should be directed to Dr. Norcott via e-mail cnorcott@bsd.uchicago.edu.  Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.

Candice Norcott, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Supervisor: Fabiana S. Araújo, Ph.D. and Nancy Beckman, Ph.D.

5 Positions

Overview:  This is an advanced psychotherapy externship designed to provide training in Integrated Primary Care and Clinical Health Psychology.  Externs will provide evaluation, consultation, and short- and long-term evidence-based treatments for patients with comorbid medical and mental health issues. Patients will be drawn from the adult psychiatry clinic, oncology clinics, primary care, and pain clinics.  Externs will spend two half days within the primary care clinic, carry a caseload of outpatients for psychotherapy, and have the opportunity to lead wellness, grief, mindfulness, and pain management groups. Since most of this experience occurs within UC primary care clinic, trainees learn to work within the multidisciplinary environment of an academic medical center.  Externs will see approximately 4-6 patients per week in their outpatient case load and will receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Araújo and Dr. Beckman. Additional individual or group supervision may be provided by an advanced trainee and/or another faculty member. Advanced trainees might also have an opportunity to do peer-supervision.

Didactics

Didactic training includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant health psychology materials. Externs are able to attend other didactics depending on which day they are on site. These offerings include Primary Care Team Meeting (mandatory: Tuesday from 1 pm to 3 pm), Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Conference, the Health Psychology Seminar, the CBT Seminar, Professional Issues Seminar, and Consultation-Liaison Case Conference. 

Requirements:  

Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

·        Able to devote 20 hours per week (at least 2 full days on-site). One day must be Tuesday.

·        Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology

·        Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application

·        At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy

·        Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Application

Students interested in applying for the Integrated Primary Care Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Fabiana Araújo (faraujo1@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu) and to Dr. Nancy Beckman (nbeckman1@bsd.uchicago.edu) by January 29th, 2021. 

1.    Letter of interest

2.    Current curriculum vita (CV)

3.    Copy of current academic transcript

4.    Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by regular mail to the following address:

Drs. Fabiana S. Araújo and Nancy Beckman

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Applications should be submitted by January 29th, 2021 for full consideration. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, ideally by February 26th, 2021.  Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis.  Questions about the externship and whether positions are still available should be directed to Dr. Araújo (faraujo1@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu) and to Dr. Beckman (nbeckman1@bsd.uchicago.edu).

Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.

Nancy J. Beckman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Fabiana Araujo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Supervisor: Alyse Bedell, PhD

1 position

Overview: The University of Chicago Psychogastroenterology Program provides evidence-based assessment and treatment to adults with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, and esophageal disorders. Primary treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy for GI disorders and relaxation training, which are primarily aimed at GI symptom reduction. Externs will be able to observe gut-directed hypnotherapy, but direct provision of these services will only be possible for externs who have completed an externally- offered clinical hypnotherapy basic training. In addition, externs may be able to participate in interdisciplinary assessment of patients pursuing non-surgical/endoscopic weight loss treatments. Externs will receive one hour of individual supervision with Dr. Bedell.

Didactics: Didactic training will include assigned readings and discussion of psychogastroenterology materials. Externs will be expected to attend at least one relevant didactic seminar per week, which will be determined by interest and availability.

Requirements: Please see the following list to determine your eligibility.

-Able to commit to 16-20 hours per week to the externship, including two full days on-site. One day must be Tuesday or Wednesday. An additional day will be decided based on mutual availability and office space.

-Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology

-Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application

-At least one year of previous externship training focused on providing of psychotherapy

-Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Application: Students interested in applying for the University of Chicago Psychogastroenterology Program Externship should send the following materials to Dr. Alyse Bedell (abedell1@uchicago.edu) by January 29th, 2021.

  1. Letter of interest/Cover letter
  2. Current CV
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current clinical supervisor). The letter should be emailed directly or sent by mail to the following address:

Alyse Bedell, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

The University of Chicago

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077

Chicago, IL 60637

Interested candidates may contact Dr. Bedell with questions via email.

Alyse Bedell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

Supervisor: Sarah Keedy, Ph.D.

1 Position

This advanced practicum is offered for a student wanting to gain experience working with individuals from both the traditional psychotic disorder spectrum (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression with psychotic features), and the less traditional psychotic disorder spectrum but with known genetic and/or symptom-based overlap with psychotic disorders (ADHD, autism spectrum, OCD, borderline personality disorder, PTSD).  This practicum design reflects the work of the supervisor, Dr. Sarah Keedy, who is a clinical psychologist, trained heavily in neuropsychology, and is actively engaged in working on addressing questions around the dimensional and cross-diagnostic nature of psychosis, as well as the phenomenology and neurocognitive underpinnings of hallucinations.  Cases externs see will be characterized by combinations of hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, cognitive impairments, mood dysregulation, dissociation, trauma-based and medical comorbidities.  Externs will learn to work with a spectrum of functionality, symptom presentation, insight levels, and self-identified goals for therapy that this range of referrals presents in our major academic medical center psychiatry department setting.

The practicum experience centers on applying evidence-based treatments with 6-8 individual psychotherapy cases. The practicum also includes interacting with psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, or other medical center providers to coordinate care as needed. Externs may also co-lead a “Voice Hearers” group with Dr. Keedy.  The practicum can also include psychotic disorder assessment in the context of clinical research, where, approximately once per month, externs will observe or participate (depending on skill level) in diagnostic interviewing (SCID) and symptom assessment of psychotic disorders as part of ongoing clinical research in Dr. Keedy’s laboratory.  Externs may also attend consensus diagnosis meetings where the information from these interviews is reviewed for the purposes of clinicians coming to agreement on diagnosis. Such experiences are encouraged and broaden the trainee’s insight into the range of symptoms and life history of those diagnosed with psychotic disorders.

Individual supervision will be provided on a weekly basis by Dr. Keedy. Group supervision with Dr. Lindsay Brauer and her Serious Mental Illness program trainees will also be provided via monthly case conferences, attended by other faculty and trainees at different levels (externs, interns, postdocs).

One didactic seminar specific to the externship will be held August-November and February-May on Mondays.  Externs will also have the option to attend additional didactics amongst the many ongoing training activities in our department depending on which other day(s) they are onsite. These include Psychiatry Grand Rounds, CBT Seminar, ACT Seminar, Neurology Grand Rounds, Neuroscience speaker series, Pediatric Psychiatry Speaker series, multidisciplinary case conferences, and clinical psychology professional development seminars. 

Requirements: Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this internship:

•             Available for 12-20 hours per week (including Mondays 11AM)

•             Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology or counseling psychology

•             Completion of a Master’s degree by time of start required

•             At least 1 previous practicum experience providing psychotherapy

•             Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Application: Students interested in applying for the Externship in the Psychotic Disorder Spectrum should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Sarah Keedy (skeedy@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu): 

1.            Letter of interest

2.            Current curriculum vita (CV)

3.            Copy of current academic transcript (does not need to be official)

4.            Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters should be emailed directly.

COVID19 INFORMATION: Since mid-March 2020, all externship activities (therapy, didactics, supervision) transitioned to being conducted remotely. 

Questions about the externship may be directed to Dr. Keedy via email.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview remotely.   

Sarah K. Keedy, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

 

UChicago Medicine Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience and The Chicago Center for HIV Elimination Announce a Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPoC) Health Psychology Externship

Supervisors are Scott J. Hunter, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience (Licensed Primary Attending), Byron Brooks, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Supervisor), and Andrew Richardson, APN, Adolescent-Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Licensed Attending)

One Position is available for the 2021-2022 Training Year

  • This is an advanced psychotherapy externship designed to provide training in evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy in the University of Chicago’s The Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE). The CCHE is a consortium of clinical providers, researchers, and trainees whose mission is to reduce the impact of HIV on Chicago’s Southside. Externs will conduct semi-structured diagnostic evaluations for patients presenting with a range of psychopathology, psychosocial stressors, and health-related concerns. Externs will provide empirically-supported treatment using individual and group therapy modalities; further, there may be opportunities for externs to assist in community engagement opportunities by disseminating information about mental health. Given that the CCHE primarily serves queer, transgender, and non-conforming people of color, externs will receive extensive training on best clinical practices when working with this population, as well as individuals living with HIV.
  • All services will be provided at the CCHE’s community space, The Village, located at 1525 E. 55th Street. Externs will carry a caseload of approximately 10-12 patients per week. All trainees receive at least one hour of individual supervision.
  • Didactics: Didactic training will be provided weekly and cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, LGBTQ mental health, minority stress, intersectionality, HIV mental health care, cultural humility, and culturally-sensitive assessment and treatment. Depending on the days the extern attends the practicum and their availability, they may be able to attend didactics in the UChicago Medicine Clinical Psychology training program, including CBT, Health Psychology, and Professional Issues seminars, and Psychiatry Grand Rounds.
  • Requirements:
    • 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on-site)
    • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
    • Previous supervised clinical experience working with LGBTQ populations
    • Completion of the Master’s degree is required by the start of the externship
    • Completion of two previous practicum experiences, with one involving provision of psychotherapy is required at a minimum
    • Training year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
  • Application: Students interested in applying for the QTPoC Health Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Scott Hunter (shunter@uchicago.edu) and Byron Brooks (byron.brooks@uchospitals.edu) by January 29, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit:
    • Letter of interest
    • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Letters of recommendation from two faculty members or previous supervisors familiar with your clinical work; one letter must be from your current mentor, and a previous clinical supervisor’s letter is also preferred.

Questions about the externship may also be directed to Dr. Hunter via email. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview by videoconferencing. Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis until positions are filled by the agreed upon deadline for Chicago area Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.

Supervisors: Tina Drossos, Ph.D. & Khalid Afzal, M.D.

5-6 positions

This externship provides opportunities for several different rotations.  It is not expected that any one extern will participate in all of the rotations.  Rather, applicants should consider which rotations fit each individual’s needs and interests. It is expected that externs participate in anywhere from 1 to 3 rotations. The only required Rotation is Outpatient Psychotherapy. 

Possible rotations include:

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy(Rotation required for all externs): Externs will receive training in conducting intake/diagnostic interviews, and formulating a developmentally appropriate case conceptualization including diagnoses and recommendations for treatment. Externs will also be expected to provide ongoing outpatient psychotherapy services to children and adolescents, and their parents. Externs will carry a caseload of about 6 patients. Presenting problems typically include mood and anxiety disorders, externalizing behavior problems, and adjustment disorders. Given our affiliation with the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, externs will also have the opportunity to see patients with somatoform disorders and patients who are experiencing difficulty adjusting to a chronic illness. Treatment will predominantly be provided utilizing a cognitive-behavioral orientation; however, externs will also gain experience using alternate theoretical perspectives (i.e., family systems, interpersonal). If an extern chooses this rotation, they are expected to see patients for the entire academic year.

Child and Adolescent Consultation-Liaison:  Externs also have the opportunity to participate and observe a licensed clinical psychologist or a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service exists to provide timely, expert biopsychosocial assessments and treatment recommendations to Comer Children’s Hospital physicians and children/adolescent patients under their care.  Presenting problems may include adjustment reactions to a newly diagnosed medical illness, assessing depression or anxiety, conversion disorders, pain disorders, trauma reactions, disposition planning for patients following a suicide attempt.  There is also an opportunity to participate in follow-up, bed-side care/treatment with patients who have extended inpatient stays. Comer Children’s Hospital is a stand-alone 161 bed facility within the University of Chicago Medical Center that provides comprehensive inpatient pediatric services.  The extern will spend approximately ½ - 1 full day on the consult service. 

Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations:  Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) is a condition that is thought to arise from an increased proximity of the diaphragmatic crura to the celiac vessels.  Individuals with MALS often demonstrate post-prandial abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea.  These symptoms can become chronic and may lead to significant weight loss.  Treatment of MALS involves the surgical release of the median arcuate ligament.  To our knowledge, our medical center is the only hospital in the country that employs a multidisciplinary approach for this population that includes pre and post-surgical psychological evaluations. 

The extern working with the MALS team will be responsible for weekly assessments of adolescent and adult candidates for Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome surgery (assessment length: 90 minutes). This assessment will consistent of a psychosocial interview, including questions related to quality of life and coping strategies as well as an assessment of DSM-IV diagnoses (e.g. depression, anxiety, eating disorders), and questionnaires.  Externs will also complete weekly follow-up assessments (Assessment length: 30 minutes).  This assessment is also part of an IRB approved protocol and thus, there are research opportunities available to interested externs. Externs will be required to write up reports summarizing these assessments and present cases at bi-weekly multi-disciplinary rounds with the surgical team (surgeons, nurse practitioners, pain service and psychology).

In order to be eligible to participate in this rotation, externs must be available on Tuesday mornings.

Health and Wellness Screening in the Kovler Diabetes Center:  Externs in this rotation will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary (endocrinologists, diabetes educators, residents, medical students, nurses) clinic setting.  Externs in this rotation are embedded within the endocrinology clinic.  They will work collaboratively with endocrinologists and receive referrals to see patients (children through adults with Type I and Type II diabetes) during their endocrinology clinic visit. Externs then conduct a brief psychological screening for the purpose of identification of any mental health problems that may need further psychological assessment, and helping patients identify potential problems and assisting them with appropriate referrals and recommendations.  Externs are expected to provide the endocrinologists with verbal feedback after screening a patient as well as complete a brief written report.  There is also an opportunity to provide very brief psychological treatment for patients.  This treatment is limited to 3-4 sessions in clinic and for very specific problems (i.e., behavior activation for depression, relaxation or exposure for anxiety, psychoeducation, etc.).  Patients may still need to be referred after these brief sessions.  Externs in this rotation will also be required to attend and present at 2-3 multidisciplinary case presentations throughout the year.  Externs can choose to participate in this rotation anywhere from 1-2 full days.  

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic Rotation: Externs will have the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary hematology-oncology clinic along with oncologists, advance practice nurses, social workers, residents, child life specialists and medical students. Externs in this rotation are embedded within the hematology-oncology clinic. This clinic will expose externs to a breadth of hematologic (i.e. aplastic anemia, sickle cell disease etc.) and oncologic (i.e. leukemia, neuroblastoma, solid organ tumors etc.) conditions. The role of the extern will be to provide psychosocial assessments for the purpose of identifying any psychosocial needs as patients are undergoing treatment. Patients are seen frequently in this clinic and thus, there will be opportunities for externs to follow and provide brief treatment with patients as they undergo treatment. Specific training opportunities include: provide verbal and written feedback to the members of the treatment team regarding the presence of such issues and recommendations for treatment; provide families with psychoeducation regarding diagnosis and treatment options; administer instruments including behavior rating scales in the context of clinical interviews to gain information and diagnostic clarity; facilitate the provision of treatment services to families; integrate information from previous assessments or treatments within the Department of Psychiatry (i.e., inpatient treatment, prior neuropsychological evaluation, etc.) into the current case conceptualization. There may also be opportunities for these patients become a part of the extern’s outpatient caseload.  To participate in this rotation, externs need to be available Monday, Wednesday, or Friday AM.

Training Requirements:

  • Extern applicants for the Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy and Pediatric Psychology Externship must meet the following criteria, in order to be considered as a candidate and accepted for training:
  • Be a current graduate student in good standing at an APA-approved doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Have completed (or be currently enrolled at the time of application) graduate program coursework in Advanced Psychopathology, Diagnostic Interviewing, Psychological Assessment, and Child/Adolescent Psychopathology.  Coursework (if offered in the program) in Health Psychology is also recommended. 
  • Have completed two years of clinical practicum, preferably in Intervention and Assessment.  Students with one year of Intervention practicum may be considered depending on past clinical/work/volunteer experiences.  It is acceptable to be currently completing your second year practicum during the application period.
  • Have either obtained their Master’s degree or present verification that they have completed all educational activities equivalent to a Master’s degree (should their program not award the MA or MS).
  • Expect to be available 16-20 hours per week with a start date of July 1, 2021. 

Training Didactics:  Externs can attend a variety of didactics offered through the Department.  Externs are not expected to attend all didactics but will be required to attend specific didactics offered on days when they are on campus, also dependent on their chosen rotations. 

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy Rotation

  • Interdisciplinary case conference: Externs are expected to present cases 1-2 times per year (1 hour weekly from September to June)
  • Advanced Child and Adolescent Cognitive-Behavior Therapy course: This course is designed to teach advanced cognitive-behavioral principles to be utilized with children and adolescents (1 hour/week for 12 weeks)
  • Journal club (1 hour monthly from September to June)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Colloquium Series: Monthly presentations focusing on current research and clinical practice topics relevant to child clinicians and trainees. 

Child/Adolescent C/L Service Rotation (externs will not be expected to attend all of these didactics even if they are rotating with the C/L service):

  • Two weekly multidisciplinary rounds (Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Weekly multidisciplinary case conference with the adult C/L service.  Externs are expected to present at this conference once during the year and arrangements can be made early on in the training year to accommodate students’ schedules. 

Additional (optional) didactics:

  • Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds
  • Family Therapy Seminar
  • Theories of Development
  • Psychoparmacology
  • Psychological Practice in a Medical Setting

*This is not an exhaustive list of potential didactics and if externs are interested in other classes/seminars offered in the Department, they are welcome to attend. 

Supervision:  Externs will be supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist (Dr. Tina Drossos ) on all rotations.  The only exception is on the Child/Adolescent Consult/Liaison Service, where depending on the day of the week when externs rotate on this service, they may be supervised by Dr. Khalid Afzal (Director of the Child/Adolescent C/L Service; Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist).

Application Materials:

Students interested in applying for the Child/Adolescent Advanced Psychotherapy and Pediatric Psychology Externship should send the following to Dr. Drossos by electronic mail, by January 29th, 2021:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters may be sent via snail mail, if necessary, to the following address:
    Tina Drossos, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor,
    Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
    The University of Chicago
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
    Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship should be directed to Dr. Tina Drossos at tdrossos@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu .

Tina Drossos, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Khalid Afzal, MD MBBS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Supervisors: Scott J. Hunter, Ph.D. and Israel Gross, Ph.D.
5 Positions

Goals of the Externship:

The Advanced Externship in Pediatric Neuropsychology has been designed to offer an appropriate balance between general training in relevant aspects of pediatric psychology, including the understanding of medical illnesses and developmental disorders, and their impact on psychosocial functioning; and specialized training in the identification and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders and their assessment within pediatric neuropsychology.

To this end, the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service at the University of Chicago offers comprehensive training in how to conduct brief and comprehensive evaluations of children and adolescents with suspected or known neurocognitive dysfunction. In order to meet training goals, advanced externs become increasingly proficient in independent test administration, scoring, and interpretation, and the sharing of results and recommendations to referral sources and families. All externs are trained and certified as Neuropsychology Technicians for the Service, responsible for carrying out a number of important aspects of the evaluation process.

All clinical work conducted within the Service is directly supervised by either Scott J. Hunter, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, or Israel Gross, Ph.D., incoming (2/2021) Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the University of Chicago’s Pritzker Medical School.

The Service maintains full-time Neuropsychology Technicians across the Adult and Pediatric programs, who assist in the management of the Service, support the training of test administration and scoring, and insure that all data and documentation collected within the Service are correct and appropriately complete. They also provide direct support for all of the research studies being conducted by the Service

Description of Training Provided:

An extern who is accepted to pursue training with the University of Chicago’s Pediatric Neuropsychology Service can anticipate a very challenging and supportive experience in the further development of their assessment and diagnostic skills. Each extern commits to spending two full days each week on site with the Service, including one full clinic day where patients are evaluated and one day primarily devoted to didactic seminars and supervision. The extern will build forward their developing knowledgeable about developmental neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and will become increasingly proficient in diagnostic interviewing; the administration, scoring, and interpretation of cognitive, neuropsychological, and behavioral measures; the selection of appropriate measures for diagnosing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional disorders; the ability to convey in both written and verbal formats information relevant to the evaluation and its results; and will learn to develop and then present appropriate, empirically supported recommendations for intervention and learning.

Before ever seeing a patient in their role as a testing technician, the extern must first complete a rigorous two-week long training in which they learn (and update their knowledge of) standardized neuropsychological and objective test administration, observe each of the key tests being administered, and then demonstrate proficiency and reliability in test administration before being approved for each test they are likely to use during the externship. This training process is overseen by Dr. Hunter, and is implemented by Drs. Hunter and Gross, and the Pediatric Neuropsychology Technicians. The training process is the same that any neuropsychology technician would go through to serve as a technician at the University of Chicago. As a result, upon successful completion of training, the extern will receive a written certificate indicating that they have completed required training as a Neuropsychology Technician at the University of Chicago, and will then be able to work individually, under the supervision of either Dr. Hunter or Dr. Scott, with patients referred to the program.

Referrals to the program are received from inpatient and outpatient services in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Infectious Disease, and General Pediatrics. They are also made by clinicians and educators across the Greater Chicagoland Community, including Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Patients seen by the program range in age from infants and toddlers to young adults. The referral network for the Service provides a rich opportunity for developing and extending trainees’ testing and diagnostic skills pertinent to working in a hospital based Pediatric Neuropsychology Service.

Training Requirements:

Extern applicants for the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service must meet the following criteria, in order to be considered as a candidate and accepted for training:

  • Be a current graduate student in good standing at an APA-approved doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Have completed graduate program coursework in Advanced Psychopathology, Diagnostic Interviewing, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, Statistical Analysis, and Child/Adolescent Psychopathology. Additionally, it is strongly advised that coursework in Advanced Developmental Psychology has been taken, if available.
  • Have solid experience in the administration and scoring of both intellectual and academic achievement measures, such as the Wechsler Scales (WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, WAIS-IV), Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV), and/or the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Third Edition (WIAT-III). Further familiarity with neuropsychological assessment more broadly is required.
  • Have completed a minimum of one year of clinical practicum in Assessment. It is acceptable to be currently pursuing that practicum during the application period.
  • Be working toward the completion of the MA/MS thesis, or completing the equivalent in training hours, as dictated by your program. At a minimum, the thesis must have been proposed and be nearing completion in order to be accepted as a trainee for this program.

Training Didactics and Supervision:

Participation in all Externship specific training experiences is required. This includes:

  • Attendance at the mandatory two-week training in Neuropsychological Assessment that will certify the extern as a Neuropsychology Technician. It is conducted at the beginning of the externship (July), and provides training in the administration and scoring of the measures utilized by the Service, paperwork required for tracking patient assessments and care, and the day-to-day practices of the Service. At the end of the training seminar, externs are certified by Dr. Hunter as proficient in the skills required for identification as a Neuropsychology Technician at the University of Chicago
  • Weekly individual supervision with Dr. Hunter and/or Dr. Gross
  • Attendance at the Friday Neuropsychology Training Series:
    • Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience Seminar
    • Group Supervision

Externs can also attend a variety of didactic programs, beyond just the ones offered within the Neuropsychology Service. These include:

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Grand Rounds:

Offers presentations on a wide variety of topics in mental health by renowned speakers from around the country. The seminar includes Clinical Grand Rounds and research presentations by faculty from within the department and the medical center, as well as researchers from outside the Chicago area.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Colloquium Series:

Monthly presentations concerning current research and clinical practice topics relevant to child clinicians and trainees.

Guidelines and Expectations for Externs in Pediatric Neuropsychology

By agreeing to participate in this program as an extern, you will be expected to meet the goals outlined above, as well as individualized ones developed in tandem with the Director, and to follow the following rules and expectations:

  • You will commit to attending all required training programs and to being present, on time, for your clinical day each week. The training year runs from July 1st of the present year and runs to June 30th of the following year.
  • You obtain required certification as a Neuropsychology Technician through the completion of the Neuropsychological Assessment Seminar offered during the first two weeks of the externship.
  • On acceptance of the externship offer, you will be provided with and complete the Externship Contract, which will be signed by you and your Director of Clinical Training. If your program has its own contract, it should be provided to Dr. Hunter prior to the start of the externship year, for expeditious completion and return to you.
  • Your program will provide to Dr. Hunter and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience documented proof of your malpractice liability coverage through your University. This must be provided prior to the start of the externship.
  • You will complete all required health screening elements for the UChicago Medicine; this will allow you to obtain your ID badge and work with patients.
  • You will complete HIPAA training requirements for the UChicago Medicine.
  • If your program requires a quarterly or half-yearly review of your progress, please ensure that the appropriate forms are provided to the Director in a timely manner. Forms received less than two weeks before they are due will typically not be completed in time. If your program does not provide specific forms, Dr. Hunter will provide mid-year and final program completion reviews, which will be shared with you and your program, and kept on file with your documentation.
  • You are required to inform the Director of any needed time off during the year of training, in a very timely manner; this means typically requesting time off at least one month in advance of your absence. Emergencies are typically understood, however, and just need to be communicated expeditiously.
  • If you will be applying for internship during the training year, this must be discussed with the Director at the beginning of the externship. You will be expected to make suitable arrangements during the interview month (January), to ensure that your clinical and training duties are appropriately covered. It is not unusual that an extern will need to make scheduling changes; please discuss these with the Director as soon as possible.
  • Vacation time is scheduled around the clinic’s needs, not your academic schedule. This generally means that you might have a holiday from school at a time when the clinic is still open and seeing patients. The following is a good rule of thumb for your vacation and holiday planning: the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service is “closed to patients” on Independence Day; Labor Day; the Jewish High Holidays (when they occur during the work week); the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s; and typically for one week during the Spring term. Additional times that patients will not be seen may coincide with the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) meetings, or other related professional meetings (e.g., American Psychological Association or Association of Psychological Science); this will occur, however, only if the Director and/or staff Pediatric Neuropsychologist decide to attend these meetings, and you will be informed of that situation fairly early on in the year.
  • Maternity (and paternity) leave is accommodated as may be required; however, it is important to recognize that you may need to make up some training time at the end of the externship, if your leave proves lengthy for any reason. The Director will be flexible with you and your graduate program, to ensure that your training goals are fully met and completed in a timely manner. The Service and the Department adhere to federal Family Medical Leave requirements.
  • Communication is the key for ensuring a good training experience, so please don’t hesitate to come and talk with Dr. Hunter about any difficulty, concern, or change that may need to be considered necessary during the year.
  • Have fun! This is meant to be both a challenge for you, in terms of stretching your skills and furthering your training, and to broaden your range of experiences.

Application for the Externship:

Students interested in applying for the Pediatric Neuropsychology externship should send the following to Dr. Hunter, preferably by electronic mail:
Letter of interest

  1. Updated curriculum vita (CV)
  2. Copy of current graduate transcript
  3. Copy of a testing report you have written, that has been de-identified
  4. Two letters of reference (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).

Submit application materials by January 29th, 2021 to Dr. Scott Hunter at: shunter@uchicago.edu. We will conduct interviews during the first three weeks of February 2021.

The Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Program offers an externship under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Young.  The focus of this rotation is assessment and treatment of behavioral problems in young children.  Externs will receive intensive training and supervision in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy , with the goal of fulfilling all requirements for therapist certification through PCIT International by the conclusion of the training year.   In addition to PCIT, externs can gain exposure to other evidence-based treatment models for disruptive behavior problems in children and adolescents.  These include parent management training (PMT) approaches and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy focused on anger, emotion regulation, and aggression.  Observation plays an important role in this rotation including observation and co-therapy in the PCIT Clinic; live/video supervision of sessions; and implementing behavioral observation/tracking systems during sessions.

Externs in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Program see approximately 8 outpatients weekly.  Approximately half of these cases will be participating in PCIT.  Based on the extern’s interests, the remainder of the cases can be focused on disruptive behavior problems or general Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy clinic patients.  Externs will be required to attend a group supervision/didactic meeting on Mondays at noon throughout the entire year.  Please indicate in the cover letter your interest in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy externship.  Contact Dr. Young for any questions at myoung8@bsd.uchicago.edu

Matthew Young, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

http://bsd-psychiatry.prod.uchicago.edu/child-section-programs

pcit.org

U-STAR Program:  Under the supervision of Dr. Sonya Mathies Dinizuluexterns will receive training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents exposed to traumatic experiences.  Interns will be trained to use evidence-based protocols (e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and promote positive youth development, provide crisis intervention, consultation, and/or case management services. Interns will have opportunities to participate in local and/or national trauma coalitions/networks to: (1) receive advanced training in trauma assessment and treatment for youth, (2) access additional resources to support trauma-informed care, (3) participate on committees that influence policy, or (4) network and establish professional relationships.

The U-STAR Clinic offers a mixed outpatient load: Trauma and Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy, which includes up to a case load of 8-10 outpatients: 4-5 patients presenting with trauma and 4-5 patients presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, externalizing behavior problems, or adjustment disorders (see Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy).  If this rotation is selected, externs are expected to carry these patients for the full externship year.

In addition to U-STAR, externs will participate in a weekly (1/2 day) trauma assessment clinic called Recovery & Empowerment After Community Trauma (REACT) Clinic: Drs. Sonya Mathies Dinizulu and Seeba Anam co-direct a weekly trauma-informed interdisciplinary assessment clinic for youth and families affected by community violence. Youth are identified by clinicians and staff within UCM Comer Children’s Hospital, and are referred to the REACT clinic to receive trauma-informed psychiatric and psychological assessments, which are used to inform treatment recommendations.  Youth and families served in this clinic must have at least a history of community violence.  Trainees will: (1) administer brief trauma-informed assessments to assess the impact of community violence on youth and families, (2) collaborate with psychiatry and pediatrics to provide trauma-informed case conceptualization and treatment recommendations, (3) provide feedback to youth and their family, (4) assist with developing best practices for REACT screening and assessment. Interns can also elect to participate in on-going research projects. 

All application materials for this program should be sent electronically to Dr. Sonya Mathies Dinizulu (sdinizulu@uchicago.edu) who may be contacted for questions about this training opportunity.  Materials must be received by January 29, 2021 for fullest consideration. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between 2/1/21-2/25/21, although review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Offers must be accepted or declined by 9 am on Friday 2/26/21. After this date, please check with Dr. Dinizulu to see if positions remain available.

Application materials should include:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly to Dr. Dinizulu at sdinizulu@uchicago.edu and addressed to:
    Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
    The University of Chicago
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
    Chicago, IL 60637
  5. Applicants please: (1) include in the subject line of your application email: U-STAR Externship Application [YOUR NAME]
    (2) request that your referees include in subject line of email: LOR for [APPLICANT/YOUR NAME]

Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience