GRASP only lists on its pages Diagnostic Sources and Therapists clinicians who have been recommended by GRASP members. If you are a clinician who would like to be listed in either or both of these sections, please forward to us recommendations from two GRASP members along with your listing and we will be glad to include you.
In the NYC area:
We’ve been sending people without regret to Dr. Richard Perry (212.595.0116) for years. Dr. Perry, a psychiatrist who works at both Bellevue Hospital and in private practice, was featured in the now-famous NYTimes Sunday Magazine article from the summer of 2000 called, The Little Professor Syndrome, an article that (pretty much accurately) convinced thousands of tri-state area residents that they had AS, and to seek diagnosis to make certain.
Lynda Geller, PhD, is someone GRASP has worked with since our inception. She has a distinguished history with the Cody Center, SUNY, NYU, and Asperger Foundation International.
At present she is the:
Director of the Institute for Cognitive Diversity
Bank Street College of Education
19 W 34th Street, Penthouse
New York, NY 10001
There are three programs in New York City and surrounding areas we are aware of that accept Medicaid:
AHRC of New York City offers diagnostic assessments at their office: 83 Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan. Please note that their assessment focuses on intellectual and developmental issues, so they are focusing on IQ and other assessment measures. However, the assessment includes evaluation of whether the individual is on the Asrperger Spectrum. They take most insurance coverage and, for those who do not have insurance, the assessments are free. You can call their central intake number for information or to make and appointment: 212-780-4491 or 212-780-4493.
In Long Island:
ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
Shana Nichols, PhD, Founder of ASPIRE and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Samara Pulver Tetenbaum, PhD, Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow
Provides youth, teen, adult, couples and family therapy, group and individual social skills programming, semantic pragmatic language services, parent groups and partner support groups, consultation, and trainings. Adult diagnostic evaluation clinic. Areas of practice: cognitive-behavioral therapy, anxiety, depression, coping skills and stress management, executive function difficulties, behavioral issues, girls and women's issues, puberty and sexuality, adolescence and transition, college supports, self-understanding and self-advocacy.
63 Old East Neck Rd
Melville, NY 11747
In the Kingston, NY area,
Center for Spectrum Services
The clinic at the Center for Spectrum Services offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents and adults who have known or suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders (autism, Asperger’s or PDD). Evaluations are conducted by experienced clinicians and utilize diagnostic instruments which are considered the “gold standard” in the autism field. These evaluations determine whether a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder is appropriate, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, provide an understanding of intellectual potential, help in the development of a treatment/educational plan, and offer recommendations for effective strategies and support services. Please visit our website at www.centerforspectrumservices.org for more details. For additional information or to schedule an appointment please call (845) 336-2616 x 123.
If a paid evaluation is not possible, there are usually research projects that will give out free diagnosis (and sometimes there’s cash given as well) in exchange for participation in their study. The level of involvement and requirement varies with each study, though.
In the NYC area:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine is recruiting participants aged 6 and up who have either been diagnosed with or are strongly suspected of having a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Assessment includes IQ, language, and behavior skills, as well as performing diagnostic measures through the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). There is also an MRI portion of the study.
All participants are compensated for their time in the study. Compensation is $50 for the MRI scan, and $12/hour for any additional time they spend in the lab (i.e.; neuropsychological testing and short experiments). Participants will receive a written report at the completion of their participation.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Dr. Juliana Bates
The Seaver Autism Center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center has several research projects running that provide free diagnostic evaluations for those willing to participate in a research study. The center is dedicated to unraveling the biological causes of autism and related disorders and to developing effective treatment options. The Seaver Center’s interdisciplinary approach includes medication treatment, imaging studies, social skills groups, and clinical care for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
Every study requires pre-study diagnostic and cognitive testing lasting an average of 4-5 hours and can be broken up over several visits. Reports are available upon request after study participation is complete. For information, contact at Jessica Zweifach (212) 241-2826 or Sarah Soffes at (212) 241-2993.
The NYU Center for Neuromagnetismis studying if magneto-encephalography (MEG) can help them better understand the role of the brain in autism. MEG is a new technology that measures the very faint magnetic fields that emanate from the head as a result of brain activity. There are two phases to the study:
You can download the PDF brochure for the NYU study here.
Also . . .
The NYU Child Study Center Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience is running a study called Connectivity of Brain Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This study is an effort to examine the functional communications between brain areas (known as functional connectivity) in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Functional connectivity is thought to be at the very basis of social, communication, and sensory integration processes that are impaired in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
They are recruiting both children and adults for two different studies:
If you are interested in learning more about participating in either of these studies, please contact Kritika Nayar at 646-754-5184 or email@example.com.
Please note that GRASP carefully screens all research proposals that we post on our website. If you participate in any of these projects and have a negative experience PLEASE LET US KNOW!