Burke’s clinical neuropsychologists and neurorehabilitation fellows are specialists in evaluating and treating the brain-behavior relationship. They work with patients who have cognitive impairments, such as personality changes, brought on by brain injury or stroke.
Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty within psychology that focuses on the relationship between the central nervous system and behavior. It is based on the scientific study of human cognition (i.e., thinking), emotion and behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal brain functioning. A clinical neuropsychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology, with at least two years of advanced training and experience in the science and practice of neuropsychology.
Neuropsychological assessment and intervention may be done in an inpatient or outpatient setting. In the inpatient setting, assessments and treatment are provided to patients with brain injuries or stroke. These patients often experience changes in thinking, concentration, memory, organization, sequencing, and carrying out basic tasks. Such changes are often disruptive to individuals and their families. Weekly education and support groups focus on coping and adjusting to stroke or brain injury, education, about stroke and brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation education. Brief, cognitive-behavioral and individual psychotherapy can be provided on a case-by-case basis.
Julieanne Shulman, Psy.D., Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
Dr. Julieanne Shulman received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester and her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School. She completed an APA accredited internship at the Rusk Institute/NYU Langone Medical Center, where she focused on neuropsychology, cognitive remediation and psychotherapy with a medically complex patient population. Dr. Shulman went on to further specialize in neuropsychology with children, adolescents and adults during her post-doctoral training. Prior to becoming Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology at Burke Rehabilitation Center, she served as the Coordinator for the Neuropsychology Service at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and was appointed Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Shulman also brings a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to her work, applying the latest, research-based advances in her treatment of patients with a variety of adjustment, anxiety and mood disorders.