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Founder 

Dr. Brown is a neurologist and writer of works in neuropsychology and philosophy of mind. He has been a reviewer and recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is or has been on the editorial boards of leading journals in his field. He has written 11 books, edited 4 others, and about 200 articles.

Biography 

Premedical studies at the University of California in Los Angeles, graduation from Berkeley in 1959. Medical school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with M.D. in 1963, internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

He returned to Los Angeles for a residency in neurology at UCLA. 1967–1969 in the Army, in Korea and San Francisco. In 1969, he took a post-doctoral fellowship at the Boston Veteran’s Hospital. In 1970, he was invited to the staff of Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York as assistant professor. In 1972, he published his first book, Aphasia, Apraxia, and Agnosia. In 1976, he received a fellowship from the Foundations Fund for Research in Psychiatry to spend a year at the Centre Neuropsychologique et Neurolinguistique in Paris. On his return, he joined the staff of New York University Medical Center, eventually as Clinical Professor in neurology. The academic year 1978–79 was spent as Visiting Associate Professor at Rockefeller University.

The Center for Cognition and Communication (CCC) was established to provide treatment for clients with head injury, stroke, and other acquired and developmental disorders of cognition.

Since 2002, Prof. Jason W. Brown and his wife Carine house and co-organize the Whitehead Psychology Nexus workshops in Southern France.

Clinical Director; Kim Busichio, Ph.D.

 

Kim has been CCC’s Clinical Director since 2006 and has been instrumental in the company’s growth and stability. Kim oversees the clinical team of Neuropsychologists and Psychologists, performs the majority of initial evaluations at CCC, and provides ongoing treatment plans for clients. Kim also works closely with the personal injury referral base and provides expert testimony as required.

Kim received her Masters and Doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her undergraduate BA with Honors in Psychology from Seton Hall.

Kim completed her POST DOCTORAL RESIDENCY IN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Center for Head Injuries and her CLINICAL INTERNSHIP at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Prior to that, Kim was a research and clinical associate at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation

Kim’s work in the field of Neuropsychology has been extensively published through manuscripts, abstracts and dozens of presentations at relevant Industry Association Professional events.

Kim is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association.

Chief Executive Officer,  Malcolm Kanter 

As CEO, Malcolm has been the driver of CCC’s recent growth and transition. A physician by background, graduating medical school in South Africa, he trained in neurosurgery and completed his fellowship in traumatic brain injury (TBI) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Following his fellowship, Malcolm honed his business skills while working at New Medico, a privately held Neuro-rehabilitation company treating acute and post-acute TBI patients.

Malcolm was the former CEO of HealthTrac, a company he built into the 2nd largest mobile diagnostic services provider in the country, servicing the long term care industry in six northeast states with over 170 employees and over 300 clients. During his 11-year tenure with HealthTrac, his leadership saw the Company experience significant growth while maintaining strong profit margins. Dr. Kanter was recognized in 2005 by the Nursing Homes of the New York Archdiocese for his efforts and accomplishments.

Malcolm has extensive healthcare consulting experience. As a founding partner at Allexian and CEO of Bridge Medical Group, he has been instrumental in strategic planning, operational evaluation and improvement, organizational turnaround as well as transaction and investment advice, generally focused toward growth oriented middle market healthcare companies. His primary focus is on growth strategy through new markets and new product development, turnaround and acquisition and integration strategies. Malcolm has performed interim management roles at the C-suite level and is a senior consultant for the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).

Malcolm has held prior positions as Managing Director at Match Point Partners and Project Partner at Promontory Growth and Innovation, serving as senior consultant on various healthcare projects. Most recent project completed in this capacity was a highly successful business process optimization project for a large three-hospital system in Northern FL.

Malcolm’s deep and significant knowledge base extends to Physician Services, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and regulatory requirements, wound care, diagnostic testing, ambulatory surgical centers, medical devices and technology, clinical trials, staffing models, medical transcription, healthcare analytics, health and wellness, hospital profitability improvement, RCM, long term care and brain injury cognitive rehabilitation.

Dr Shah

Dr. Shah is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in working with adults and geriatric patients with a range of cognitive and socio-emotional problems.  Her clinical interests and specialties include treating patients with comorbid anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trauma, grief and loss, anger and stress management, neurocognitive disorders, and a range of issues related to multiculturalism in health care.

Her unique background, education, and training in the health sciences has and continues to shape her integrative treatment approach.   She completed her Master’s degree in Biomedical Science at Rutgers University and graduated with her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis.  Passionate to further her understanding of geriatric care, Dr. Shah pursued an APA-accredited post-doctoral fellowship in geropsychology at the Brooklyn Veterans Hospital where she received extensive training and experience in working with older adults presenting with a range of comorbid mood and neurocognitive disorders across different treatment settings.

At Center for Cognition and Communication (CCC), she conducts psychological assessment and offers both bilingual (English/Spanish) individual and group psychotherapy to patients with traumatic brain injury and/or concussion. Respected for her strong diagnostic and empathic interpersonal skills, Dr. Shah’s psychotherapy approach emphasizes patient-centered care and incorporates current research and tools from a wide range of evidence-based psychotherapies to treat a culturally diverse patient population.

In addition to her work at CCC, she is a proud member of the APA Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA) and passionate about exploring the intersection between ethnic minority culture on self-esteem and overall emotional wellbeing.   Through her work and philosophy, she aspires to educate, advocate for, and destigmatize mental health illness across different treatment

settings and populations.

Dr. Karen Valdesuso

Dr. Karen Valdesuso is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Carlos Albizu University. She focused her academic training and clinical practice in the field of Neuropsychology. 

Her academic and clinical training was based in brain-behavior relationships and works with a variety of neurological conditions and psychiatric disorders. Her experience ranges from clinical psychotherapy, intervention, assessment, and cognitive rehabilitation with a wide variety of populations and conditions, ranging from adolescents to older adults with traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular accident, epilepsy, dementias, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, among others.

Dr. Karen Valdesuso completed Internship at Hospital Centro Medico- Puerto Rico, Pre-Doctoral Training at Staten Island University Hospital- New York and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Montefiore Hospital- New York. Her clinical training mainly focused in administering neuropsychological evaluations and writing clinical reports as well as research projects. Including experience in pre-surgical psychological evaluations for bariatric candidates. Performing pre-surgical psychological evaluations for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Experience administering WADA language test for patients with epilepsy. Conducted evaluations to help provide clinical diagnostic and recommendations for patients with neurodegenerative disorders (Department of the Center of the Aging Brain). Her overall training rotated in outpatient and inpatient services in multidisciplinary settings and experience with multicultural population. Additionally, she provides psychotherapy care and her goal in treatment is to guide and empower patients to achieve their therapeutic goals. The main techniques used in psychotherapy are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Mindfulness.

 Nancy Chow

Nancy joined Center for Cognition and Communication in September of 2008. As the Clinical Team Supervisor, Nancy works closely with all physicians, psychologists, other staff and patients to ensure daily operations run optimally to provide exceptional patient care. She also participates in new service expansions, development of new policies and procedures.   

Nancy graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While in Binghamton, she served as her pledge class president and treasurer for her co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Theta Kappa Chapter. She also served as the President of Binghamton Susquehanna Housing Community. As Community President, Nancy demonstrated leadership and project management skills through serving the community.

When out of the office, Nancy enjoys volunteering in her community at the OCA/APAA (Organization for Chinese Americans/Asian Pacific American Advocates) panel events and conventions. The OCA mission is dedicated to advancing social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

 Dr. Julio Martinez-Rivera

Dr. Julio Martínez-Rivera was born and raised in the Caribbean country of Puerto Rico.  Dr. Martínez completed a bachelor degree in psychology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedra’s Campus. In addition, Dr. Martínez completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) at Carlos Albizu University located at Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Martínez has gained clinical experienced in various scenarios: as part of his doctoral training in Puerto Rico obtained experienced working with children, adolescents, adults and psychiatric patients both on individual and group modalities. Dr. Martínez completed his Post-doctoral training working with psychiatric patients at Manhattan Psychiatric Center located at Randall’s Island, New York.

 In the city of New York, Dr. Martínez provided clinical services for five years as the psychologist for the Hispanic unit at Manhattan Psychiatric Center in which provided: group, individual therapy and Clinical supervision to Psychology students. In addition, Dr. Martínez gained further experience by working as a psychotherapist during three years at Metropolitan Center for Mental Health located in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, upper Manhattan.  Dr. Martínez trainings have mostly focused on working with patient experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement and psychiatric conditions.  As part of Doctor Martinez’s trainings he has gained experience on psychological approaches such as: Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT) and the Social Constructionist and postmodern approaches that aim to understand human complexity.

David Levy, PSY.D

David Levy, Psy.D. received his bachelor of the arts (B.A.) in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After college, he worked on a longitudinal fMRI and DTI research study on healthy children at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Deciding that clinical work was more his passion, he attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, achieving his Master’s Degree and graduating with his Psy.D. in 2017.  Dr. Levy completed his internship at Centerstone Behavioral Health Hospital and Addiction Center in Bradenton, FL. He then completed one year of post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. O’Donnell in Des Plaines, IL and his second year of post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Mahalick in Maplewood, NJ. Dr. Levy’s interests in neuropsychology include traumatic brain injury, concussion, QEEG guided neurofeedback, fMRI and DTI imaging and cognitive rehabilitation.

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