Gender: Female
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Neurological Surgery
525 East 68th Street, Starr Pavilion, 651
New York, NY 10021
P: 646-962-3336
Call for appointment:
646-962-3336

Personal Statement

I am committed to improving access to quality care and helping my patients and their families achieve optimal outcomes. Although my education and training have given me an understanding of brain-behavior relationships, seeing patients persevere when confronted with neurological disorders has truly taught me about providing care. My goal is to identify a patient’s strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations that integrate cultural values, community resources, and appropriate interventions to help children thrive.  

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Neuropsychology

Expertise

  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Epilepsy
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychology Consult
  • Neuropsychological Testing Battery
  • Psychological Tests, Neuropsychological
  • Cognitive Remediation After Brain Surgery
  • Cognitive Remediation After Chemotherapy
  • Cognitive Remediation After Radiation
  • Cognitive Remediation After Stroke
  • Cognitive Remediation After Traumatic Brain Injury

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]

Qualifications

Clinical & Academic Positions

Psychologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yeshiva University, 2014
  • M.A., Yeshiva University, 2011
  • M.A., Montclair State University, 2008
  • B.A., Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, 2006

Biography

Dr. Jessica Spat-Lemus is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the neuropsychological testing, evaluation, and treatment of children with neurological disorders. She takes a multidisciplinary, multicultural approach and provides compassionate, understanding care to her patients and their families. Dr. Spat-Lemus believes in moving beyond a diagnosis to identify a patient’s strengths and weaknesses, in order to make recommendations that integrate cultural values, community resources, and appropriate interventions to help children thrive.

TRAINING
Dr. Spat-Lemus received her PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis and training in Clinical Neuropsychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Bronx, New York. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology – in the Department of Neurology, within the division of Epilepsy and the Center for Cognitive Health – at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Spat-Lemus has extensive training in comprehensive Spanish and English-language neuropsychological assessments, with patients across the lifespan presenting with a variety of neurological diseases.

Dr. Spat-Lemus is experienced in conducting evaluations for patients requiring elective neurosurgery (including tumor resection, epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulator implantation, and VP shunt) and Wada testing, as well as functional language mappings in both English and Spanish. As a complement to neurocognitive assessments, she provides cognitive remediation services to assist patients with attention and executive dysfunction and memory disorders in developing and maintaining compensatory strategies.

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Dr. Spat-Lemus has focused her research and published on the cross-cultural aspects of neuropsychological testing as well as the neurocognitive performance in patients with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.  She has presented the results of her research at several national and international conferences such as the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the International Neuropsychological Society.

PUBLICATIONS
Li, C., Spat, J., & Shuman-Paretsky, M. (2015). An Overview of Conducting Neuropsychological Assessments with the Asian Populations. Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment: Enduring and Emerging Trends, 185. 

Spat, J., Shuman-Paretsky, M. J., & Li, C. (2015). An Overview of Neuropsychological Assessments with Latino/Hispanic Populations. Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment: Enduring and Emerging Trends, 296. 

Beier, M., D’Orio, V., Spat, J., Shuman, M., & Foley, F. (2013). Alcohol and Substance Use in Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 

Weisfeld-Adams, Bender, H.A., Miley-Åkerstedt, A., Frempong, T., Schrager, N.L., Patel, K., Naidich,T.P., Stein, V., Spat, J., Towns, S., Wasserstein, M.P., Peter, I., Frank, Y., & Diaz, G.A. (2013). Neurologic and neurodevelopmental phenotypes in young children with early-treated combined methylmalonic academia and homocystinuria, Cobalamin C type. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 110(3):241-247.

Holtzer, R., Foley, F., D’Orio, V., Spat, J., Shuman, M., & Wang, C. (2013). Learning and Cognitive Fatigue Trajectories in Multiple Sclerosis Defined using a Burst Measurement Design. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 0(0); 1-8. 

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
Spat, J., Roman, E., Ramirez-Coombs, E., Mandelbaum, S., Guzman, V., Langan, L., Marcuse, L.V., & Bender, H.A. (2016). Healthcare Disparities and Cognitive Performance Among Minority Patients with Epilepsy. Paper accepted for presentation at the 45th annual International Neuropsychological Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Cornwell, M., Spat, J., Smith-Hyle, E., Suzuki, J., Mandelbaum, S., Bederson, M., Langan, L., DeSollar, A, Steinberg, C., and Bender, H.A. (2016). The moderating role of seizure variables on social communication difficulties in children with epilepsy. Accepted for presentation at the 45th annual International Neuropsychological Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Spat, J., Mandelbaum, S., Bederson, M., Pritchett, A., Smith-Hyle, E., DeSollar-Hale, A., Marcuse, L., Fields, M., Yoo, Y., & Bender, H.A (2016) Difference in Performance Between Patients with ADHD and Epilepsy on Tasks of Attention and Executive Functioning. Accepted for presentation at the 45th annual International Neuropsychological Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Spat, J., Murphy, H., Bederson, M., Mandelbaum, S., Suzuki, J., Smith-Hyle, E., Langan,L., Ciardullo, J., Dranikov, A.,& Bender, H.A. (2016). Neuropsychological Assessment Evaluating Candidacy for Deep Brain Stimulation in Children with Pharmaco-Resistant Movement Disorders: A Case Series. Accepted for presentation at the 45th annual International Neuropsychological Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Bender, H.A., Spat, J.S., DeSollar, A., Fields, M., Marcuse, L.V., Roman, E., Ramirez-Coombs, E., Bind, R., Whitman, L., Barr, W.B., Vazquez, B., Devinsky, O., Carlson, C.E (2016). Use of interpreter and test duration during IAP in nonnative English speakers. Accepted for presentation at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association in Baltimore, M.D., from October 16-18. 

Cornwell, M., Tiersten, A., Borod, J.C., McFarland, D., Mallinson, K.M., Viqar, F., Spat, J.S., Goldstein, M.A., & Bender, H.A (2016). A case series on the clinical utility of The RBANS in a neurological population with breast cancer. Presented at the 2016 American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Annual Meeting on June 10, 2016 in Chicago, IL. 

Spat, J., Murphy, H., Viqar, F., Gandy, S., Goldstein, M.A., Machac, J., & Bender, H.A. (2015). The Neuropsychological Profile and Neuroimaging Biomarkers in a Patient with Corticobasal Syndrome with Underlying Alzheimer’s Pathology: A Case Study. Presented at the 44th Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Bryant, K., Dean, P.M., Haut, M.W., Spat, J., Moran, M.T., Wilson, C.S., & Wiener, J. (2015). Education Attainment and Premorbid Ability Affects Boston Naming Test Performance in a Rural Sample. Presented at the 43rd Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado. 

Spat, J., Moran, M., Wilson, C., & Haut, M. (2014). The Nature of Perseverative Errors on the Auditory Consonant Trigram Test: Relationship to Other Measures of Frontal Lobe Dysfunction. Presented at the 43rd Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado. 

Spat, J. (2014). The Preventative Effect of Individual Stress-Management or Supportive Group Therapy on New Brain Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis. Research Seminar, West Virginia University Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. 

D’Orio, V., Glukhoskvy, L., Beier, M., Shuman, M., Spat, J., & Foley, F. (2013). Comparisons of the PASAT and the SDMT as Cognitive Screens in Multiple Sclerosis. Presented at the National Association for Neuropsychology, San Diego, California. 

Spat, J., D’Orio, V., Shuman, M., Foley, F., & Holtzer, R. (2013). The Effect of Time on Clustering and Switching in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and Controls. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. 

Spat, J., D’Orio, V., Shuman, M., Foley, F., & Holtzer, R. (2012). Effect of Time, Automatic and Controlled Processes on Verbal Fluency Performance in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and Age-Matched Controls. Presented at the 41st Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikola, Hawaii. 

Shuman, M., Holtzer, R., Belser-Ehrlich, J., Beier, M., & Spat, J. (2013). Development and Validation of the State Trait Inventory for Cognitive Fatigue (STI-CF) in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. 

Shuman, M., Spat, J., D’Orio, V., Foley, F., & Holtzer, R. (2012). Learning and Cognitive Fatigue Trajectories in Multiple Sclerosis Defined using a Burst Measurement Design. Presented at the 41st Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Waikola, Hawaii. 

D’ Orio,V., Shuman, M., Spat, J.S., Beier, M., & Foley, F. (2012). PASAT versus SDMT: Correlations with Disability and Cognitive Performance in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Poster presented at the 120th Annual American Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida. 

Beier, M., Farrell, E., Shuman, M., D’Orio, V., Spat, J.S., Picone, M., & Foley, F. (2011). Alcohol Use in an Outpatient American MS Sample. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Montreal, Canada. 

Spat, J.S. & Holtzer. (2011). The Effect of Bilingualism on Task-Switching. Poster presented at the Yeshiva, University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Day, Bronx, NY. 

Spat, J. S., Fuentes, M. A., Truffin, M. M., & Bassett, C. (2010). Examining Diversity and Multiculturalism in Undergraduate Psychology Programs. Poster presented at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA. 

Holtzer, R. & Spat, J. (2009). The Effect of Age on Attention Demands. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Convention of the International Neuropsychological Society, Acapulco, Mexico. 

Spat, J. (2009). The Impact of Nutrition on Aging: Medically, Emotionally and Cognitively. Presentation at NYU Bellevue Hospital-Bilingual Treatment Program, New York, New York.

Fuentes, M & Spat, J. (2009). Walking the Talk: Importance of Multicultural Learning in Undergraduate Psychology Programs. Symposium presentation at the 117th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.