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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

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

Centers/Institutes/Programs

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

NIH Grants

  • COGNITIVE REHABILITATION IN MS: FROM NEUROSCIENCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE (Private)

    Jul 1 2017 - Jun 30 2022

    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