Education

Neuropsychology Clinical Research Externship 
Chinese Bilingual/Multicultural Track

Program Description: The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is accepting applications for the Neuropsychology Clinical Research Externship - Chinese Bilingual/Multicultural Track beginning July. The mission of the ADRC is to provide comprehensive dementia evaluations to older adults of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The ADRC is staffed by geriatric psychiatrists specializing in memory concerns, social workers, bilingual clinical coordinators, program managers, and four neuropsychologist supervisors, including one bilingual English-Chinese neuropsychologist. The externship is an opportunity to gain experience in standardized dementia evaluation, with a particular focus on neuropsychological assessment in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). The training experience provides an introduction to the purposes and uses of neuropsychological evaluation. Chinese-American older adults who are monolingual-Mandarin and/or - Cantonese speakers are served. Students receive training in neuropsychological assessment that includes administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing. Students will also have the opportunity to assist with manuscript and poster preparation. In addition, didactic seminars and lectures are an optional part of the training experience.

General Information:

  • Supervisor of the Program: Clara Li, D.
  • Length of Externship: 12 months
  • Start Date: July 1
  • End Date: June 30
  • Hours per Week Expected: 16
  • Specialty Track: Neuropsychology
  • Number of Externs Accepted: 2-4
  • Minimum Level of Readiness: No prior externship is required.
  • Preferences: Fluent in Cantonese and/or Mandarin (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)

Interviews:

Interview Date (tentative): February to March

Interview Process: Due to COVID restrictions, in person interviews will not be required and instead will be conducted via Zoom.

Required Application Materials (email to clinical research coordinator Ms. Xiaoyi Zeng, LMSW, MPH at xiaoyi.zeng@icahn.mssm.edu):

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Letter of interest

Assessment:

  • Assessment Training Experiences: Adult neuropsychological testing for normal aging, mild cognitive impairments and dementia. Experience with test administration and scoring, report writing, and case conceptualization. Externs can expect to see approximately one testing case per

Supervision:

  • Hours/Week of Individual Supervision: At least two hours per week
  • Estimated Hours/Week of Group Supervision: One hour per week
  • Estimated Informal Open Door “Curbside” Supervision: As much as needed
  • Context of Didactics (optional): Seminars, Grand Rounds, guest lecturers, year-long Neuroscience course, and mini-courses related to assessment and psychiatric disorders

Mount Sinai’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) College Summer Internship

Under the leadership of program directors, Jane Martin, Ph.D.Margaret Sewell, Ph.D., and Judith Neugroschl, M.D., the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) provides a College Summer Internship for rising junior and senior undergraduates who want research experience before considering applying to medical or graduate school. The nine-week part-time (3 days per week) research program offers a choice of focus (clinical or bench research) and provides a stipend.  We accept four to five college level interns each summer.

The Experience

Interns are paired with faculty and research coordinators to identify a small project that will be presented at the end of the program.  In past years, interns have worked on projects relating to the Brain Tissue Donation Program, cognitive testing, and particular clinical trials.

Interns work with research coordinators on many day-to-day activities of the ADRC including data entry, data collection, administrative work, participant recruitment, community outreach, interacting with research participants and families at the center, and writing the ADRC newsletter.

In addition, interns attend lectures and didactic classes on topics related to clinical research, dementia, geriatric neuropsychology, and neurological evaluation. Interns have the opportunity to participate in other educational components of the graduate-level psychology pre-doctoral internship program, as well as Grand Rounds.

Dates and Location

The 2021 Summer Internship Program will run from June 7th to August 6th. Whether it is in-person or virtual will be determined in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interns must be available for the entire 9-week program, which runs 3 days per week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are mandatory; the third day will be decided between the intern and their supervisor

The hours are 9am – 5pm, and interns work at our East Side Campus:

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
1399 Park Avenue
New York, NY, 10029

Application Process and Deadlines

The application and interview process begins the first week of January 2021 and decisions are made by the 3rd week of February 2021 or earlier.