NYU College of Arts and Sciences Course – Complementary and alternative treatments comprise the most rapidly expanding segment of American healthcare.  This course will examine the role of non-conventional care in the mental wellness of children, adolescents and young adults.  We will survey the historical, clinical, and scientific aspects of traditional medical systems of China and India, mind-body treatments, biologically based alternative therapies, body-based treatments and spirituality.  In addition, we will investigate the social, political, and economic forces influencing the role and status of complementary and alternative medicine in America.  Students will assess these practices by participating in class discussion, reviewing research literature, and engaging in experiential exercises.


The internship is an educational, research, writing, teaching, and mentoring experience for a small group of students. The focus of the internship program is on the role of food and nutrition in mental health. Students will assist Dr. Lewis in research on food and mental health and in writing for an online database of resources on integrative medicine.

Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week (NYU students will receive up to 4 independent study credits per semester for 12 hours per week in spring and fall semesters)

Application: To apply, please send your resume, cover letter that describes your interest in the internship, and a writing sample (a science paper or research paper, 1-10 pages) to Dr. Lewis at with message subject “Internship Application.”

Internship Components:

Education – Students will engage in the study of a topic within integrative medicine and mental health, and each student will become an expert in an area of integrative medicine. In addition students will have the opportunity to discuss general issues in integrative medicine, research, mental health, diet and nutrition, clinical practice, writing, and other topics.

Research – Students will conduct literature reviews of scientific papers from peer reviewed journal articles and other sources relevant to their topic. Students will select the most relevant papers on each sub-topic and organize them into a resource library.

Writing – To create a tangible product of each two-week block’s work, students will write an article, blog entry, summary, research review, or another format of presentation synthesizing their knowledge and findings. The writing can be used for educational purposes on the Internet, in clinical work, in teaching, and serves as an information resource for Dr. Lewis in her academic writing. Writing is also an opportunity for collaboration, sharing of ideas, and learning how to convey information to a scientific and general audience.

Teaching – Students will learn how to teach others about their topic of choice. Students will learn to present information in an interesting and educational manner, share important research articles, and learn to engage others in learning.

Mentoring – Personal relationships among the independent study organizers and participants will create opportunities for support and mentoring of each individual on their educational and professional path. Students will gain exposure to other integrative practitioners.