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.
Dr. Kathy Torsney
Dr. Kathleen Torsney has over 20 years of experience working in the field of neuropsychology at a variety of sites including Bellevue Hospital and the Lyons VA Medical Center. Dr. Torsney completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology at Columbia University.
She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of adults and adolescents with neuropsychological disorders. She is proficient in the evaluation of disorders in memory, attention, non-verbal and verbal learning, processing, perception, and language.
Dr. Torsney coordinated a program for persons with brain injuries throughout all 5 boroughs of NY and she directed a program in NJ for over 500 persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses. She has also has considerable experience with cognitive rehabilitation as well with the assessment and treatment of individuals with a wide range of conditions such as substance abuse, compulsive disorders, mood disorders, anxiety issues, and psychoses.
Dr. Torsney also consistently publishes articles and performs conference presentations on topics related to neuropsychology. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at William Paterson University and she serves as the Director of Academic Affairs for the New Jersey Psychological Association and as Co-Advisor of NJPA Graduate Student Organization.