Neuroscientist

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 Dr. DeFina has over 35 years experience as a neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. He served on the NYU faculty as an associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and at the Bellevue Hospital Center. He was a forensic neuropsychologist at the Mount Sinai- Elmhurst Hospital Medical Center, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Psychology Department. Dr. DeFina was the founder and 1st director of the Fielding Graduate University’s Post-Doctoral Clinical Neuropsychology Training Program. Dr. DeFina subsequently co-founded the school neuropsychology training program at Texas Women’s University and went on to co-found the American Board Of School Neuropsychology. He was one of the original founding members of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. DeFina has published numerous peer reviewed scientific journal articles, books and book chapters. He was the Principal Investigator in several prominent research studies, including the recently completed Department of Defense Research Study on Severe Disorders of Consciousness and Coma recovery. Dr. DeFina is the Principal Investigator on a novel study using Stellate Ganglion Block Stimulation to treat chronic PTSD, Post-Partum Depression and Post-Menopausal Syndrome. He was a research scientist and collaborator at the the NYU-Brookhaven National Laboratory’s first PETT- Schizophrenia Study. He has developed neuropsychological psychometric Test instruments for ADHD, Memory Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities and Disorders of the Aging Brain. His passion for unlocking the mysteries of the brain has been and continues to be his impetus in life.