Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

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Last Update

January 2014

Contact Information


Name of Externship: Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

Name of Director/Coordinator:
Director of Psychology: Rana M. De Gil, Psy.D.
Psychology Externship Coordinator: Cynthia Scheuer, Ph.D.
Street Address: 600 east 125th Street Ward's Island New York 10035

Telephone: 646-672-5934

Fax: 646-672-5967

Email: Cynthia Scheuer, Ph.D.

Webpage: None.

General Information

Start Date: Beginning of September
End Date: Beginning of July

Appropriate for:


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

2 days required 2 and one half days preferred. Externship is 16 - 20 hours. .

Required level of readiness

It is preferred that applicant have clinical experience as well as experince in administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment tools as well as some experience in forensic psychology.

Experience having worked in forensics in some capacity is a plus.

Students should be in at least their third year (having already obtained their master's degree) of graduate school:

This cannot be the applicant’s first externship placement. He/she must have had prior experience with patients on an externship.

Is there a stipend for externs?


Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 15?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • Application (Application is available at NYSPA’s website)

Letter of interest incorporating academic and career goals as well as expectations for the externship experience.

Unofficial graduate transcript

Two professional writing samples: one case conceptualization and one psychological

Current Curriculum Vitae

Letters of recommendation (2). These letters should be sent directly to the Coordinator of Externship Training and should ideally be from research or clinical supervisors or academic instructors. Hard copies are preferred and must be on departmental letterhead.

How should it be submitted?

Mail to the above address.

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

Applicants will be notified by email or telephone of decision to interview. Time frame for offers is no sooner than March 4th.

Description of Externship

About Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center is a secure psychiatric hospital of the New York State Office of Mental Health. The facility provides secure inpatient psychiatric services for the adult forensic population and serves the courts of New York City and Long Island. Most of the patients are received through the courts under Criminal Procedure Law, or through the OMH Commissioner’s office via the New York State Code of Rules and Regulations regarding hospitalization of the mentally ill. Kirby treats and evaluates approximately 165 patients on 7 wards, including two coeducational wards. It is located on Ward’s Island in New York City and is reached by car or public transportation via the Triboro Bridge (now RFK Bridge.)

Populations commonly served:


Training models offered:

Cognitive Behavioral
Dialectical Behavior Therpay

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
Group Therapy

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

Not specified.
• Meet with patients (2) for individual therapy per year
• Meet with patients as needed for psychological assessments
• Meet with patients for forensic dangerousness evaluations
• Meet with patients for malingering assessments as needed
• Attend Grand rounds
• Attend forensic seminar
• Attend court bi-weekly
• Will present one psychological testing or forensic assessment case
• Co-lead two to four groups weekly – including at least one restoration to fitness group
• Option of running at least one specialty groups (Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Sex offender treatment, Trauma, and Cognitive Remediation)

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Forensic Assessment
Neuropsychological Testing
Psychoeducational Assessment
Assessment Report Writing
Personality/Psychopathology Assessment
Structured Interviewing
Mental Status Exam


Minimum Supervision Hours Per Extern Per Week:

• Individual therapy – 1 hour
• Group therapy – 1 hour
• Test and evaluation supervision – 2 hours
• Elective supervision – 1 hour (by elective supervisors only)
Amichaelides 20:35, 8 Dec 2009 (EST)

Other Comments

If you would like a full brochure regarding our program please feel free to email us and we will email you a brochure. You can email the following persons for this infromtation:

Coordinator of Externship or Director of Psychology

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