What I Do
I work with people of all ages to help them understand themselves (and parents to understand their children, and teachers their students), in order to better use their strengths and overcome their challenges. To do this, I use the tools of neuropsychological assessment, which includes an interview and history, review of educational and medical records, and the administration of neuropsychological tests. The tests are sets of pictures, puzzles, and questions, presented on the computer or with paper and pencil. They are carefully designed measures of different kinds of information processing (memory, attention, reasoning, language) that enable me to determine which processes work most efficiently for that person, and which may work less efficiently or consistently.
- Neuropsychological Assessment for Children and Adults
- Educational Consultation and Mediation (IEEs)
- Cognitive Remediation and Executive Skills Development
- Parenting Skills Training
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Psychotherapy
- Lectures and Workshops for parents and professionals
I am an expert in the differential diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. Some we are born with, or emerge with development, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, emotional dysregulation disorder, anxiety, depression, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and sensory integration and motor difficulties. Others result from injury or illness, such as concussion and traumatic brain injury, age-related memory changes, and infectious and chronic inflammatory/autoimmune conditions such as Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CF).
Training and Experience
I am a New York State licensed psychologist specializing in clinical neuropsychology. I earned my Doctoral degree at New York University in Cognitive Neuroscience and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Cornell University College of Medicine. I have been a member of the faculty at Cornell and at Columbia Universities, and on the medical staffs of Phelps Memorial, Four Winds, Stony Lodge, and Northern Westchester Hospitals. I have presented and published my scientific research, testified as an expert witness in court and at impartial hearings, and presented lectures and workshops for parents, educators, and other professionals. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the International Dyslexia Association, and the International Society for Autism Research.
I have worked with many of the public school districts and private schools in New York and Connecticut, reviewing, assessing, advising and mediating regarding the development of appropriate educational programs (Early Intervention, IEP, and 504 Accommodation Plans), and performing Independent Educational Evaluations.
In addition to working with my clients, here at the Center for Neuropsychology, I direct clinical studies and provide mentoring and clinical and research supervision to students interested in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. My research has focused on cognitive deficits in Lyme disease, attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders, and reading disability or dyslexia. As some examples, in 2013, Julie A. Grieco, Psy.D. presented findings from her doctoral dissertation research on Working Memory in Children with Lyme Disease versus ADHD at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, and in 2010, I presented findings from my study of Pitocin and Autism Spectrum Disorder at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research.