Who I am
I am a neuropsychologist with many years experience working with people of all ages to help them overcome problems with learning, attention, memory, mood, motivation, relationships and behavior. I have a very whole-person, positive approach, geared toward identifying strengths and preferences and addressing individual differences. My ThinkPrint model is a framework to help understand how our brains work, and how each of our brains works a bit differently.
I am an expert in the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, and the cognitive consequences of neurologic illness and brain injury and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. My goal though, is to go beyond the diagnosis to a deeper understanding of the individual, to help them be as happy and productive as possible. To do this, I use the tools of my field, the insights from my clinical experience, and the lessons from my own life’s journey.
The diagnosis is just the beginning, the signpost from which we start – or continue – our journey. The brain has enormous capacity for healing and learning. We need to identify our strengths – which brain processes are working well, even more than we need to identify areas of weakness or deficit. In order to move beyond our challenges we need to identify our gifts.
What I Do
The neuropsychological assessment includes an interview and history, review of educational and/or medical records, and the administration of neuropsychological tests. These are pictures, puzzles, and questions, presented on the computer or with paper and pencil, that are carefully designed to measure the different kinds of information processing (higher-level brain processes), and can so us which processes work more or less efficiently and consistently for that person.
- Neuropsychological Assessment for Children and Adults
- Educational Consultation and Mediation (IEEs) for parents, school districts and private schools
- Parenting Skills Training
- Cognitive Remediation and Executive Skills Development
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Psychotherapy
- Memory Loss Assessment for Older Adults
- Caregiver and Family Guidance and Support
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 (Experimental Psychology), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Cornell University College of Medicine Department of Neurology. I have also studied Theology at Yale Divinity School and continue to study and apply the principles of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness in my life and work.
I have been a member of the clinical research faculty at Cornell and at Columbia University, and a consulting neuropsycholgist on the medical staffs of Phelps Memorial, Four Winds, Stony Lodge, and Northern Westchester Hospitals. 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, advising and mediating in the development of appropriate educational programs (Early Intervention, IEP, and 504 Accommodation Plans) and performing Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs). I have testified as an expert witness in court and at impartial hearings, and presented lectures and workshops for parents, educators, and medical professionals.
I have presented and published my scientific research, and have been a mentor and clinical and research supervisor to high school, college, and graduate students pursuing a career in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology (e.g. Working Memory in Children with Lyme Disease versus ADHD, International Neuropsychological Society, 2013, Pitocin and Autism Spectrum Disorder, International Society for Autism Research, 2010.) My early research focused on memory in normal aging and in Alzheimer’s disease (e.g., Rissenberg & Glanzer 1986; Rissenberg & Glanzer 1987).