Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Clinical Externships
Clinical psychology doctoral students typically complete between 2 and 4 years of formal externship training at local area mental health facilities. The program maintains a listing of more than 100 approved sites in the metropolitan New York City area, serving virtually every conceivable population.
  • We strive to provide our students with a well-balanced and diverse training experience, working with a wide range of psychological disorders, populations, and mental health delivery systems.
  • This flexibility enables students to achieve the level of competence in clinical assessment and intervention needed to obtain a competitive APA-approved internship placement, while still pursuing specialized training in any area of interest.
By the beginning of the spring semester, students identify, apply for, and interview at 6-8 externship sites in consultation with their mentor, the Associate Director of Clinical Training (DCT), and DCT.

Beginning in the second year and continuing in the third year, students spend a full academic year at one externship site.
  • Most fourth year students elect to complete an additional year of externship training while working on their dissertation in order to add further depth or breadth to their clinical training and further strengthen their readiness for an APA approved internship.
  • Many students opt to complete summer externships in order to supplement the breadth of their training or develop additional specialized skills.

Fordham students historically have obtained highly competitive and enriching placements at many of the most prestigious training sites in the New York City area. These externships have provided opportunities for our students to train in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, community and private clinics, school/college counseling centers, VA centers, correctional institutions, and more.

Although our official externship database is only released to our own doctoral students, most of the local externship sites and application information is listed on this publicly available wiki page:

Sample of some of the externship sites in which our students have obtained placements in recent years:

Externship Site Setting Population
The Addiction Institute Hospital specialty clinic Adult
Bellevue Hospital
Forensic Psychology
Hospital specialty inpatient unit Forensic Adult
Beth Israel Medical Center
(e.g., Child & Family Multicultural and Neuropsychology Programs)
Hospital outpatient units Child, Adolescent & Family
Bronx Lebanon Adult Inpatient –
Assessment Track
Hospital inpatient unit Adult
Columbia University Medical Center –
(e.g., Child Day Unit; Epilepsy
Center; Neuropsychology Program;
NY State Psychiatric Center)
Hospital outpatient and inpatient units Child, Adolescent & Family
Fordham University Counseling Center College counseling Adult
Hunter College Counseling Center College counseling Adult
Iona College Counseling Center College counseling Adult
Inwood Community Services Community-based outpatient clinic; bilingual services Child & Adult
Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center Hospital specialty inpatient unit Forensic Adult
Mount Sinai Medical Center –
(Neuropsychology Program; Pediatrics Clinic;
Eating and Weight Disorders)
Hospital specialty inpatient and outpatient units Adult & Child
New York Presbyterian Women's Inpatient Program Hospital specialty inpatient unit Women
New York University (NYU) Medical Center –
(e.g., Epilepsy Center; Counseling Center; Child Study Center)
Hospital inpatient and outpatient units & clinics Child, Adolescent, & Adult
Roberto Clemente Center Community-based outpatient clinic; bilingual services Children & Adults
St. Luke's – Roosevelt Hospital
Psychiatric Recovery Center
Hospital specialty outpatient unit Adult
VA Medical Center –
Manhattan & Brooklyn Campuses
Veterans healthcare center Veterans




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