Jamaica Hospital Medical Center - Mental Health

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Please note the information provided on this page is for the Psychology externship which is for graduate students in a doctoral program in Psychology. For information about the Psychiatry externship (observership for MDs), please contact the department directly.


Contact Information


Name of Externship:Jamaica Hospital Medical Center/ Clinical Psychology Externship

Name of Director/Coordinator:Pravina Nair, Psy.D. and Christine Dorantes, Psy.D.

Street Address:

PSYCH III, Building C, 8900 Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica, NY 11418

Telephone: 718-206-5586

Fax: 718-206-7083

Email: pnair@jhmc.org

Webpage: http://www.jamaicahospital.org/

General Information

Start Date: First week of September.
End Date: End of June, but flexible.

Appropriate for:


Advanced students.

Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

Minimum 2 days/16 hours per week, extern must be able to come by 8:30 AM on working days, no weekend days available.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Advanced level clinical psychology graduate students (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) who have completed one year of externship prior to applying. All assessment and psychopathology courses completed. Trained in Exner Comprehensive Scoring System.

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

We prefer students with some history working with a clinical population and with assessment experience.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?

Not unless permitted by Psychology Directors of NYS (PSYDNYS) for a given year.

What materials need to be submitted?

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Deidentified psychological report or clinical writing sample
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Letter from director of clinical training indicating readiness

How should it be submitted?

E-mail: Pravina Nair, Psy.D. at pnair@JHMC.org.

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

Applicants will be interviewed in the hospital. Offers of acceptance will be made according to PSYDNYS guidelines.

Description of Externship

[Our clinical psychology externship takes place on one of our acute, adult psychiatric inpatient units serving a population of culturally diverse and seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals. Students provide group and individual psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psycho-education, and develop behavioral plans as appropriate.

Populations commonly served:

Ethnic Minorities
Chemically dependent
Developmentally delayed
Personality Disordered
Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI)

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

As available on the unit

Training models offered:


If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy
Interdisciplinary Consultation
Crisis Management
Family Consultation

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Expected number of cases seen at any one time: Varies.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Personality/Psychopathology Testing
Intelligence Testing
Neuropsychological Testing
Assessment Report Writing
Mental Status Exam

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Expected number of full assessment batteries completed during externship (defined as administration of a battery of standardized tests):

2 or more depending on referral question and student's ability level

Expected number of assessment reports completed during externship (defined as writing reports based on a battery of standardized tests:

2 or more. Student writes reports for the patients the student assessed.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: Minimum 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1 hour weekly
Estimated hours/week of didactics: 1.5 hours on Tuesday and Thursday

Amichaelides 20:05, 8 Dec 2009 (EST)

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