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Cognitive Remediation

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Dr. Jessica Spat-Lemus and Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman
Dr. Jessica Spat-Lemus and Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman

The Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center now offers a comprehensive Cognitive Remediation Program that focuses on improving working memory, attention, and focus. 

The Cognitive Remediation Program is designed for anyone who experiences difficulty staying on task, managing deadlines and projects, and maintaining focus in conversations with others. These are all common symptoms of deficits in working memory, which can be caused by any number of things, including epilepsy, surgery, neurovascular disorders, chemotherapy, and other medical conditions.

Clinical neuropsychologists Amanda Sacks-Zimmerman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, and Jessica Spat-Lemus, Ph.D., members of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center faculty, provide services to patients in the Cognitive Remediation Program. For more information, contact Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman at 212-746-3356, Dr. Spat-Lemus at 646-962-3336, or use our online form to request an appointment.

NEW! Group Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Covid-19
The Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center now offers cognitive remediation programs in a group setting for those experiencing the long-term cognitive and emotional effects of the coronavirus. Call 212-746-3356 for information.

We also have groups for:

1. Patients who have experienced a cerebrovascular accident (stroke, aneurysm, or other event). Others who have had such an accident know better than anyone how confusing its cognitive after-effects may be. Going through remediation as part of a group allows you to get the help you need in the company of others who understand what you’ve been through.

2. Patients who are experiencing the cognitive effects of treatment for cancer, particularly for breast cancer. These effects are familiarly called "chemo brain" even though they occur in cancer patients who have not had chemotherapy. They can also be caused by hormonal treatments or radiation, or simply by having to stop taking hormone replacement therapy during treatment. 

3. Adults who are experiencing the normal effects of aging but who are motivated to strengthen their skills to compensate for any age-related impairment.

4. Adolescents who have had surgical treatment for epilepsy, brain tumors, hydrocephalus, or other brain conditions.

A group setting allows patients to receive and provide feedback on strategies that work best, as well as encouragement to help them along your journey. Learning these new strategies in a group reduces the sense of isolation that often accompanies cognitive dysfunction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO ENROLL IN THE NEXT GROUP: Call 212-746-3356 or inquire online about group sessions for teens or group sessions for adults.

Clinical Study: A new study underway at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center evaluates the effectiveness of computerized cognitive remediation on survivors of low-grade gliomas. To see if you are eligible for the study, contact Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman at 212-746-3356.