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Dr. Ilyse O'Desky is the director of the Neuropsychological Testing Center. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in 1992. Prior to receiving her doctoral degree, she completed an internship specializing in neuropsychological assessment of adults and geriatric patients at Lyons VA Medical Center.

Upon the completion of her degree, she worked in the Department of Neuropharmacology as a Senior Research Associate at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She later returned to New Jersey in order to complete a post-doctoral position in pediatric neuropsychology at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities in Staten Island.

Actively engaged in research, in 2003, Dr. O'Desky received the Richard A. Schere/New Jersey Psychological Association Applied Researcher of the Year Award for her work on the over-diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children. She also received the Psychologist Recognition Award from the NJ Psychological Association in 2006.

Dr. O'Desky has spoken at numerous local and national professional conferences on topics including:

  • Parenting children with ADHD
  • Recognizing the differences between ADHD, NLD and Asperger's Syndrome
  • Teaching children with learning differences in a traditional classroom and many more.

In addition to being the director of the Neuropsychological Testing Center in Springfield, New Jersey, Dr. O.Desky is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Kean University and Chief of Psychology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. She is also actively engaged in research involving genetic disorders and their relationship to learning disabilities, issues surrounding Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and she received a grant to study Non-Verbal Learning Disorder.

WHAT IS PEDIATRIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGY?

Pediatric neuropsychology deals with the relationship of children's learning and behavior to their brain structures and systems. A learning disability does not mean your child is incapable of gaining knowledge and growing; instead it means a different method of teaching must be applied.

Pediatric neuropsychologists are first and foremost licensed psychologists who have developed expertise in how the development of a child's brain impacts their learning and behavior. They are professional psychologists who evaluate patients, analyze the test results, and based upon that, devise a targeted educational program or treatment plan.

So please join us for a question and answer period with Dr. O'Desky.  Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP if possible to (973) 376-4646, so we can get an approximate headcount.

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