Neuropsychology Externships

Dr. Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman and Dr. H. Allison Bender

Weill Cornell Medicine, which is in the top 1 percent of neurosurgical training programs in the country, offers multiple positions for neuropsychology externs to work with our faculty on both clinical and research projects. 

Externs are doctoral-level students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in psychology, assigned to a clinical placement for advanced training. At Weill Cornell Medicine they work under the direct supervision of our neuropsychology faculty to gain practical experience with patients who have a variety of neuromedical and neuropsychiatric challenges (including Parkinson’s disease and movement-related disorders, epilepsy, brain tumors, cerebrovascular disorders, dementia, paraneoplastic syndromes, neuromuscular and genetic disorders, ADHD, specific learning disorders, and traumatic brain injury).

Our externs work with diverse populations across the lifespan (from four-year-olds through geriatric patients). They may take part in evaluating patients who require elective neurosurgery (tumor resection, epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulator implantation, VP shunt) and Wada testing, as well as intra- and extra-operative functional language mappings. Students have the opportunity to take an active part in neuropsychological consultation services as part of the comprehensive Craniofacial Clinic. Bilingual students who would like experience administering Spanish-language measures can receive supervision by a Spanish-speaking neuropsychologist.

Externs may participate in both individual and group cognitive remediation therapy with patients experiencing cognitive and emotional difficulties following treatment and intervention for neurological and neurosurgical disorders. Modified virtual experiences will be available.

Academically, externs participate in a number of didactic programs that include: Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Neurology Grand Rounds, Epilepsy Conference, Interventional Neuroradiology/Cerebrovascular Rounds, Pediatric Fellow Case Conference, and Tumor Board, among others. Neuropsychology and Cognitive Remediation Seminars will be provided. Additionally, there are opportunities to be involved in multiple research studies that are currently being conducted, which is ideal for potential dissertation research. Selected candidates are interviewed in February, with offers made in March. View/download the 2022 externship flyer

Neuropsychology Externship Flyer

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