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Victoria M. Leavitt, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology) at CUMC
Victoria M. Leavitt, PhD

As a clinical neuropsychologist and researcher, Dr. Leavitt's primary interest lies in understanding cognitive impairment and lifestyle factors that protect against cognitive decline in clinical populations, with a specialization in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). An estimated 50-70% of persons with MS experience cognitive symptoms, and the impact on career, family, and life choices can be challenging. Through comprehensive cognitive evaluations, Dr. Leavitt identifies areas of strength and weakness to guide treatment, provide recommendations, and monitor change over time. She is particularly interested in the impact of modifiable lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and intellectually stimulating activities in preserving healthy cognition.

In her research, Dr. Leavitt investigates neural and neurophysiological candidate biomarkers of cognitive decline in MS. She is also investigating fatigue in MS.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Cognitive Neuroscience

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks/ TIA
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Neurocognitive Deficits
  • Dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Education & Training

  • BS, Cornell University
  • PhD, Graduate School of the City University of New York
  • Internship: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Fellowship: Kessler Institute

Locations

  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (646) 426-3876
  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (646) 426-3876

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care & Research Center
  • Neuropsychology Service

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • AARP [Medicare Managed Care]
  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Blue Shield [New Jersey]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Indemnity, Medicare (Mediblue), Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • POMCO [POMCO]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-1336

NIH Grants

  • PROTECTION AGAINST COGNITIVE DECLINE IN MS: LONGITUDINAL INVESTIGATION OF RESERVE (Federal Gov)

    Jul 11 2016 - Apr 30 2017

    BRAIN TEMPERATURE IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: ADVANCING OUR UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT OF FATIGUE (Private)

    Oct 1 2015 - Sep 30 2016

    EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION IN PEDIATRIC MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Private)

    Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016

    RESTING STATE FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY AS A PREDICT (Private)

    Aug 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014