January 9, 2017

Derner Goes on Location in NYC

by Matthew Wexler

Adelphi University’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is creating new professional opportunities for students by strengthening its New York City ties.

Beginning in fall 2017, students in the second year of a doctoral program will have one morning class per week at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center in SoHo with a full day of classes scheduled for spring 2018. First-year Ph.D. students will also study one morning per week in Manhattan in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018. Derner’s approximately 40 doctoral candidates presently see patients at the Manhattan Center as part of their clinical work. This new academic commitment will promote future success through increased access to clinical externships and research opportunities at New York’s leading hospitals and health centers.

“It makes sense to expand,” said Derner Institute Associate Dean Chris Muran, Ph.D. “Our candidates have worked at the site and have a foothold. We also have faculty who are engaged in research and have collaborations in New York City.”

Dr. Muran cited a more diverse patient population and hands-on experience as further benefits of the doctoral candidates’ time at the Manhattan Center. Adelphi has an established affiliation with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. In addition, faculty-related clinical and research practicum opportunities are a natural extension of academic work.

New York City is incomparable in terms of providing opportunities to study, research and practice clinical psychology. Derner’s new Manhattan-based classroom initiative will create an even stronger student experience and will serve as an important career springboard for aspiring psychologists.


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