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 for understanding how our brains work, and how each of our brains works a bit differently.
When I meet people and watch them do what they do best – build rock walls, play the guitar, tell me why my car won’t start and how much it’s going to cost to fix it, I marvel at how well their brains are working, how easily they are doing things that I am not able do. We all have different kinds of brains, designed to learn and do some things better than others. We have evolved this way on purpose, so that we can do all the different kinds of jobs that need to be done in our complex society. To expect everyone to learn the same way, to be interested in the same things, to function equally well in all situations, is to misunderstand the neurodiversity that underlies our human nature.
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, school districts and private schools
- 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 (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 apply principles of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness in my life and work. I have been a member of the faculty at Cornell and at Columbia University, and on the medical staffs of Phelps Memorial, Four Winds, Stony Lodge, and Northern Westchester Hospital. 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 medical professionals. 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.
Research & Mentoring
In addition to working with my clients, here at the Center for Neuropsychology, I have been a mentor and clinical and research supervisor to high school, college, and graduate students interested in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Recent research has focused on the neuropsychology of dyslexia, cognitive deficits in Lyme disease, and the association between autism and the use of pitocin during childbirth (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).