• Clinical Psychology, PsyD

  • Ferkauf Older Adult Program

    Director: Richard Zweig

    The Ferkauf Older Adult Program offers didactic coursework and clinical training experiences in the newly emerging field of clinical geropsychology. Ferkauf doctoral students who seek preliminary training in the assessment and psychological treatment of older adults have varied options regarding specialty coursework and/or supervised clinical training with older adults. The development of the Ferkauf Older Adult Program was spearheaded by one-year (2002-2003) and three-year (2003-2006) Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) grant awards from the Bureau of Health Professions (US-DHHS) for training in clinical geropsychology. The training grant established Ferkauf as one of seven sites in the United States, and the only site in the New York metropolitan area, to provide programmatic doctoral-level training to psychology graduate students in clinical work with the elderly. The training program is a collaborative effort of the faculty of the Ferkauf Graduate School, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Jacobi Hospital Medical Center.

    Students who seek a concentration in clinical geropsychology must take Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults, an overview of issues critical to the diagnosis and psychological treatment of psychological problems in older adults. Student must also take two other courses in geropsychology from the list under "Coursework" below and receive advanced clinical training through a one-year clinical geropsychology externship.


    Review the required coursework (PDF) for this program.

    Clinical Training
    Ferkauf Older Adult Program Externship

    In an innovative effort to provide the most disadvantaged elderly with comprehensive mental health care, the program emphasizes pairing psychology trainees with medical residents to optimize integrated mental health service delivery to older adults in a primary care setting. The externship includes training in evidence-based techniques for psychological problems of older adults, including interpersonal (IPT), psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and family-systems psychotherapy.

    The overall goals of the one-year clinical geropsychology externship practicum include:

    • Didactic training in mental health and aging
    • Interdisciplinary training in the principles and practice of geropsychological assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention and consultation
    • Training in the provision of culturally sensitive interventions to ethnically diverse and disadvantaged older adults

    The externship program includes the following sites and training activities:

    • Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University: specialized coursework in geriatric psychology; specialized interdisciplinary geropsychology symposia
    • Jacobi Hospital Medical Center, Adult Primary Care Clinic: training in diagnostic interviewing and brief psychotherapy with culturally diverse and disadvantaged elderly, as well as consultation to primary care staff
    • Einstein Aging Study Research Clinic: training in diagnostic interviewing and psychological/ neuropsychological assessment
    • Parnes Clinic (University Clinic), Ferkauf Graduate School: Training in diagnostic interviewing, psychological assessment and individual psychotherapy; participation in geriatric psychology seminar/group supervision. Externs are responsible for diagnostic evaluations (intakes) of older adults, on a rotating basis, throughout their externship year. Externs will typically treat a caseload of two to four older adult patients in the Parnes Clinic.
    • Clinical Supervision: Individual and/or group supervision is provided for all clinical training experiences by faculty with advanced training and/or experience in clinical geropsychology. Additionally, as a collaborative training endeavor, the Ferkauf Older Adult Program features interdisciplinary instruction from faculty representing the Departments of Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    Externship Application Procedures: Prior geropsychology-related course work is strongly recommended. Prefer students entering third or fourth year. Runs September-August, 20 hours/week. Apply no earlier than January 15. Send letter of interest, CV, three reference letters and work sample (test report, intake, etc.) to Richard Zweig, Director, Ferkauf Older Adult Program, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Rousso Building, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1165 Morris Park Avenue, Room 143, Bronx, NY 10461. E-mail: richard.zweig@einstein.yu.edu; telephone: 718.430.3958.

    Geropsychology Clinical Training within Parnes Clinic

    Third- or fourth-year doctoral students seeking a trial geropsychology training experience may elect to treat an older patient in the Ferkauf Parnes Clinic. Such students should make this preference known to the Parnes clinic director and Dr. Zweig early in the training year. All students treating older adult patients will be supervised by faculty with expertise in clinical geropsychology. Should clinical geropsychology faculty not be available, students are advised to consult with Dr. Zweig and the director of the Parnes Clinic before choosing an alternate supervisor.

    Review full list of Geropsychology individual supervisors (PDF).

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