Training the Next Generation

We’re the center of specialized training in adolescent health care for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. It’s a nearly 50-year relationship that has been integral to our development into one of the nation’s elite programs for physicians, mental health professionals, social workers and health educators who want to specialize in adolescent health and wellness care. Our primary care physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists have faculty appointments at Mount Sinai and supervise training of medical students, residents and fellows, as well as psychology and social work interns. All pediatric residents at Mount Sinai complete a rotation at the Center.

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Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program

Our three-year Adolescent Medicine Fellowship program is one of the most highly regarded and competitive in the country for new physicians pursuing adolescent care as their specialty. Fellows are integral to our center, functioning as primary care clinicians under a supervising attending physician and participating in every aspect of what we do, including program development, research and evaluation. The program turns out board-eligible adolescent medicine physicians—each an excellent clinician, skilled educator and advocate of policies that improve adolescent health care.

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Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program

Our internship for doctoral candidates in clinical or school psychology is a rigorous one-year training program accredited by the American Psychological Association. Interns work within the Center’s mission of delivering high-quality and integrated services to young people ages 12 to 26 in typically underserved populations. Twenty-five of the internship’s 40 hours per week are devoted to direct clinical services–providing individual, group and family therapy, as well as conducting psychological assessments—with the remainder in didactic instruction and supervision of externs. Interns may also participate in elective experiences such as transgender services, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and teen parenting.

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

Our Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology is a year-long, full-time training opportunity for two fellows per year. The fellow provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and young adults ranging from ages 10-26. The fellows rotate between three training experiences at MSAHC: (1) providing evidence-based individual, group, and family psychotherapy through MSAHC’s mental health clinic, including trauma-focused CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, among others; (2) providing comprehensive psychological, psychodiagnostic, and neuropsychological evaluations through MSAHC’s Psychological Assessment Service; and (3) conducting short-term psychotherapy and walk-in intake and risk assessments through MSAHC’s primary care clinic. Fellows also provide didactic instruction and supervision to externs, as well as consultation trainees and social workers in the primary care setting.

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Innovative Research

Our primary mission is to provide high-quality care to our patients, but we also take on a broader commitment: To contribute to the health of all adolescents by studying key issues and sharing what we learn. We have long been a leader in the research of the most current health concerns affecting adolescents. Our studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and others. They have resulted in the publication of more than 25 peer-reviewed publications. Here is a look at some of the research projects we’re currently conducting to improve health outcomes and resilience among young people:

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection among young people and some strains are known to cause cervical and other cancers. Our groundbreaking 12-year study, funded by NIH, is investigating the prevalence of the more than 40 strains of sexually transmitted HPV and assessing the real-world effectiveness of the vaccine Gardasil, which protects against nine strains, including two that cause cancer. The research is the nation’s largest and longest HPV study: Since being launched in 2007, it has enrolled 1,508 female participants, ages 12 to 19.This study is especially innovative because minority women are frequently omitted or under-represented in research, and women of color are disproportionately affected by cervical cancer. We have also recently completed a pilot study investigating HPV infection and persistence among young men.