• Clinical Psychology, PsyD

  • Ferkauf Older Adult Program


    Director, Ferkauf Older Adult Program: Richard Zweig, Ph.D., ABPP

    The Ferkauf Older Adult Program (FOAP) offers didactic coursework and clinical training experiences in the newly emerging field of clinical gero-psychology. The FOAP is a member of the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs (www.copgtp.org) and was the recipient of the CoPGTP "Innovative Training Award" in 2014. 

    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 gero-psychology. 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.

     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.  For example, students may elect to take one gero-psychology course or treat one older adult patient through the onsite Parnes Clinic with supervision from an experienced gero-psychology supervisor, or immerse themselves more fully into the gero-psychology training program through pursuing a Gero-psychology Concentration or Minor.


    Gero-psychology Concentration or Minor

    Students who seek a "minor" or concentration in clinical gero-psychology must take Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults, which provides an overview of issues critical to the diagnosis and psychological treatment of psychological problems in older adults. Students must also take two other courses in gero-psychology from the list under 'Coursework" below for a total of at least nine credits, and receive advanced clinical training through a one-year clinical gero-psychology externship.



    Several courses are available to students seeking exposure to gero-psychology training.  These courses are listed below and open to all students unless exceptions are noted. 

     All students interested in the Gero-psychology Concentration or Minor must take the one-semester course titled Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults, (PSC 6448, Dr. Richard Zweig, 3 credits) as well as two other courses in gero-psychology from the following list:

    1. Science of Cognitive and Affective Function (PSA 6014, Dr. Jeannette Mahoney, 3 credits)

    2. Gero-psychology Practicum I and II (PSC 6449 & 6550, Dr. Richard Zweig, 1.5 credits each - 3 credits total)

    3. Research in Depression & Personality Disorders in Older Adults I (PSC 6529, Dr. Richard Zweig, 3 credits)

    4. Research in Depression & Personality Disorder in Older Adults II (PSC 6530, Dr. Richard Zweig, 3 credits)  (pre-requisite is item 3)

    5. Geriatric Neuropsych Lab (PSC 6449L & 6450L, Dr. Jeannette Mahoney, 1.5 credits each - 3 credits total)*

    6. Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology I (PSH 6011, Dr. Roee Holtzer, 3 credits)**

    7. Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology II (PSH 6012, Dr. Roee Holtzer, 3 credits)**


    *Please note that 5 is open to participants in the FOAP gero-psychology externship ONLY

    **Please note that 6 and 7 are only open to students pursuing the Neuropsychology minor


    Practicum Experience

    Ferkauf students interested in Gero-psychology training have varied options for practicum experience through the Ferkauf Older Adult Program.  Students can apply to the Ferkauf Older Adult Program externship which provides didactic training as well as clinical training at three sites: Jacobi Medical Center, the University-based Parnes Clinic, and the Central Control of Mobility in Aging Study (CCMA).  Alternatively, students seeking a trial gero-psychology training experience have to option to treat one to two older patients in the Parnes Clinic.  All students treating older adult patients are supervised by faculty with expertise in clinical gero-psychology, which may be obtained by participating in the gero-psychology practicum I and II (lab- group supervision).  


    Students interested in the Gero-psychology Concentration or Minor may fulfill the advanced one-year clinical training requirement through participation in the FOAP externship or an externship outside of Ferkauf that emphasizes clinical work with the older adult population (pending final approval by the FOAP director, Dr. Zweig).


    Ferkauf Older Adult Program (FOAP) Externship

    The FOAP externship is open only to Ferkauf doctoral students in the Clinical-Adult or Clinical- Health Emphasis programs. Clinical training in primary care psychology, outpatient psychotherapy, and neuropsychology is provided at three sites: Jacobi Medical Center, the University-based Parnes Clinic, and the Central Control of Mobility in Aging Study (CCMA).

    Primary Care Psychology Training: 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 also highlights 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 gero-psychology externship practicum include:

    •           Didactic training in mental health and aging

    •           Interdisciplinary training in the principles and practice of gero-psychological assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention and consultation

    •           Training in the provision of culturally sensitive interventions to ethnically diverse and disadvantaged older adults


    The FOAP externship program includes the following sites and training activities:

    •           Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University coursework: Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults, Gero-psychology Practicum, and Geriatric NeuroPsych Lab

    •           Jacobi 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 (Thursday afternoons)

    •           Central Control of Mobility in Aging Study (CCMA), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University: training in assessment of functional disability and its relationship to cognition in older adults (one half day per week)

    •           Parnes Clinic (University Clinic), Ferkauf Graduate School: Training in diagnostic interviewing, psychological assessment and individual psychotherapy.  Externs will typically treat a caseload of two to four older adult patients in the Parnes Clinic. This caseload is separate from the psychodynamic or CBT caseload.

    •           Clinical Supervision: Individual and/or group supervision is provided for all clinical training experiences by faculty with advanced training and/or experience in clinical gero-psychology. 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. 


    According to the Council of Professional GeroPsychology Training Programs, "Geropsychologists" are psychologists with knowledge, skill, training, and experience related to the aging process who specialize in assessment and intervention with older persons.  Geropsychologist(s) affiliated with a professional geropsychology training program should themselves have been trained in a program that is recognized as providing training in core elements of geropsychology at one or more of the following levels of training: graduate school, internship, and/or post-doctoral level.  At the training director's discretion a combination of independent learning experiences and 5 years practice in an applied geropsychology setting(s) may substitute for this requirement.


    FOAP Externs must enroll in the following during externship year if not already taken:

    •           Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults for one semester (3 credits)

    •           Gero-psychology Practicum I and II for two semesters (1.5 credits each)

    •           Geriatric NeuroPsych Lab I and II for two semesters (1.5 credits each)


    Sample FOAP extern schedule (schedule varies)

    •           Monday 9-12 Neuropsychological Assessment at Central Control of Mobility in Aging Study (CCMA)

    •           Wednesday 3-4 Geriatric NeuroPsych Lab (Group Supervision)

    •           Tuesday 8:30-10 Gero-psychology Practicum (Group Supervision)

    •           Thursday 1-6 Jacobi Medical Center, Adult Primary Care Clinic

    •           Parnes patient schedule (4 hrs) is flexible and based on student and patient availability

    •           Weekly individual supervision time based on student and supervisor availability


    Externship Application Procedures: 

    Prior geropsychology-related course work is strongly recommended. Eligible students are entering third or fourth year. Runs September-August, 16 hours/week. Apply no earlier than January 20. 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.  

    Gero-psychology "Exposure Level" Clinical Training within Parnes Clinic

    Third- or fourth-year doctoral students seeking a trial gero-psychology 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, Dr. Bill Salton, and Dr. Zweig early in the training year. All students treating older adult patients will be supervised by faculty with expertise in clinical gero-psychology, which may be obtained by participating in the Gero-psychology Practicum (group supervision).  Should clinical gero-psychology faculty not be available, students are advised to consult with Dr. Zweig and the Director of the Parnes Clinic before choosing an alternate supervisor.


    Clinical Research Experience

    Dr. Zweig's current research is focused on relationships between personality pathology, depression, and social functioning in older adults.  Recent research interests have also included risk and protective factors related to psychopathology and functional decline in older adults, and doctoral level training in mental health and aging.  Students interested in clinical research in aging must enroll in the two-semester research seminar, Research in Depression and Personality Disorders in Older Adults (PSC 6529 & 6530) with Dr. Zweig.  This enrollment eventually leads to Doctoral Research Projects I and II.


    Gero-psychology Sequence:

    Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults PSC 6448 (Dr. Richard Zweig)

    This course provides a didactic overview of issues critical to the diagnosis and psychotherapeutic treatment of psychological problems in older adults, as well as a forum for case discussion of psychotherapy with the older patient. Theoretical and empirical research in gero-psychology will be reviewed, including topics such as: The psychology of normal aging & diversity in the aging process; Foundations of gero-psychological assessment; Psychopathology in older adulthood; Consultation with families and in interdisciplinary settings; Psychotherapeutic treatment models, modalities, and approaches for older adults in varied treatment settings. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of the practice of Clinical Gero-psychology.

    Science of Cognitive and Affective Function PSA 6014 (Dr. Jeannette Mahoney)

    The course will provide overview of cognitive and affective function in humans by reviewing the structure and function of the central nervous system.  Integrating different disciplines including cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and the cognitive neurosciences to examine classic and current literature pertaining to normal and abnormal cognitive and affective function.  The course will cover complex cognitive functions including but not limited to attention, memory, language, and executive control as well as the neuroanatomical substrate underlying these functions.  In addition, mechanisms involved in regulation of emotions and affect in normal and diseased populations will be covered.

    Research in Depression and Personality Disorders in Older Adults I and II  PSC 6529 & 6530 (Dr. Richard Zweig)

    The first half of this year-long research seminar reviews theoretical models and empirical research on the transaction between depression and personality disorder in the elderly. Students learn to identify core issues in the diagnostic assessment of depression and personality disorder in older adults, describe the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors in contributing to psychopathology in older adulthood, and to develop enhanced critical thinking skills in the evaluation of clinical research.  The second half of the course focuses on broadening understanding of personality in later life as viewed from developmental and social-cognitive perspectives, as well as research methods used to examine personality traits, processes and disorders. Students continue to hone skills in the critical analysis of empirical research, and develop a comprehensive review of research in the areas of depression, personality disorder, or social/interpersonal functioning in older adulthood.

    Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology I and II PSH 6011 & 6012 (Dr. Roee Holtzer)

    This two-semester didactic sequence constitutes an integral component of the Minor in Clinical Neuropsychology. Concurrent with the course work students are required to complete a formal year-long externship in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Specifically, this course is designed to introduce the student to the field of Adult Clinical Neuropsychology.  Emphasis will be placed on both theoretical and practical aspects of neuropsychological assessment. With respect to theory, the course will cover historical aspects, basic concepts and principles, and methodological issues inherent in neuropsychological assessment.  Additionally, students will learn how to administer neuropsychological tests, score, conceptualize and write neuropsychological reports.  Some of the class time will be devoted to supervision and case presentations of clinical cases.


    Practicum Courses

    Gero-psychology Practicum I and II PSC 6449 & 6550 (Dr. Richard Zweig)

    Year-long advanced seminar & group supervision lab for gero-psychology practicum trainees and students seeing older adults in the University clinic, covering topics which may include: (a) Biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychological aspects of aging; (b) Prevalence, course, and outcome of psychopathology in later life; (c) Special issues bearing on the diagnostic and psychological assessment of older adults; (d) Special issues regarding the application of psychotherapeutic interventions to older adults of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds; (e) Gero-psychology consultation liaison within a primary care setting. This course (lab) is intended to have an applied focus, and has as its premise is that what makes working with older adults distinct is not the techniques you would employ, but the knowledge that informs your choices regarding assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions.


    Geriatric Neuropsych Lab I and II PSC 6449L & 6450L (Dr. Jeannette Mahoney)

    The Seminar hour will serve a variety of purposes as the year unfolds.  In the beginning we will focus on training and didactic issues.  As the year progresses, we will focus more on supervision of the assessment experiences.  The weekly four hour NP Assessment period will allow you to gain practical experience with NP assessment.  In the beginning of the year, this time will be spent observing the current CCMA Research Assistants.  You will transition to an independent NP Tester as the year progresses.


    A highlight of our program is the degree and quality of supervision students receive in the Gero-psychology Practicum.  Core and adjunct clinical supervisors with extensive training in gero-psychology and related fields provide intensive clinical supervision to students.

    Each student participating in FOAP practicum training receives at least five hours of weekly supervision: one hour in an individual format and four hours in a group format. Individual supervision is provided off-site by a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized experience in gero-psychology.  Group supervision is provided onsite in  two weekly, two-hour "labs" the Gero-Psychology Practicum and the Geriatric Neuropsych Lab.  The labs consist of approximately 3-6 students and is led by the site coordinator or the FOAP Director, Dr. Zweig.  Students are simultaneously enrolled in the Psychodynamic or CBT Individual Psychotherapy Practicum depending on their elected practicum tracks.



    Director, Ferkauf Older Adult Program: Richard Zweig, Ph.D., ABPP


    Core Geropsychology Faculty for Parnes Clinic:

    Kathy Byrne, PhD

    Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD

    Patricia Marino, PhD


    Geropsychology Affiliated Faculty:

    Steven R. Hahn, MD

    Jeannette Mahoney, PhD

    Vicki Passman, PhD

    Jamie Schumpf, Psy.D.

    Joanne Sirey, PhD

    Joe Verghese, MD, MS

    Molly Zimmerman, PhD


    Contact Us

    For more information about the Ferkauf Older Adult Program or if you are a professional who is interested in joining our supervisory team, please call 718.430.3958 or e-mail us at richard.zweig@einstein.yu.edu.


    To make a patient referral or schedule an intake evaluation to the Gero-psychology Program of the Parnes Clinic, please contact the Parnes Clinic main office at 718.430.3852.


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