What I Do
I am an expert in the diagnosis of problems with higher-level brain function (attention, memory, language, reasoning, etc.). These include neurodevelopmental disorders in children (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, sensory integration disorder, emotional dysregulation disorder), neuropsychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizoaffective disorder, PTSD), concussion and traumatic brain injury, age-related memory changes, neurologic illness such as parkinsonism, and infectious and chronic inflammatory/autoimmune conditions such as Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
My goal, though, is to go beyond the diagnosis, to a deep understanding of the person, to identify strengths as well as challenges, 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 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 and school districts
- Cognitive Remediation and Executive Skills Development
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Psychotherapy
- Memory Loss Assessment for Older Adults
- Caregiver and Family Guidance and Support
- Parenting Skills Training
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 (in Experimental Psychology), and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Cornell University College of Medicine Department of Neurology. 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 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 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 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.
Research & Mentoring
In addition to working with my clients, here at the Center for Neuropsychology, I enjoy providing mentoring and clinical and research supervision to high school, college, and graduate students interested in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Recent research has focused on the neuropsychology of reading disability (dyslexia), cognitive deficits in Lyme disease, and the association between obstetrical practices and autism (e.g. Working Memory in Children with Lyme Disease versus ADHD, presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2013, Pitocin and Autism Spectrum Disorder, presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in 2010.) My early research focused on memory in aging and Alzheimer’s disease, e.g., Rissenberg & Glanzer 1986; Rissenberg & Glanzer 1987.