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About

Dr. Alterescu is the director of clinical services at Heads Up Neuropsychology P.C. within Spectrum Services. She specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children ages 3-18.  Dr. Alterescu’s specialization is in pediatrics, however she accepts adult patients as well and has years of training and experience with both adults and children.

As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Alterescu specializes in assessing cognitive functioning, diagnosing disorders when appropriate, and providing targeted recommendations. She helps you understand your or your child’s unique thinking style and provides specific strategies to improve functioning in school, work, and in life. Her work with patients is informed by years of training in the functioning of the brain, neurological disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Alterescu earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Read her doctoral dissertation abstract here. She received an M.S. with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University in England, and a B.A. with Honors in Neuroscience and Psychology from Brandeis University. Read her published research from Oxford University here and from Brandeis University here. During her years as a graduate student, she trained with many prominent leaders in the field of neuropsychology, including Barbara Wilson, Ph.D., William Barr, Ph.D., and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D., and others at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, NYU Child Study Center, and NYU Rusk Rehabilitation. She completed her predoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Neuropsychology Testing and Evaluation Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwell Health-SIUH. In 2018, she joined the accomplished team of clinicians at Spectrum Services.

Throughout her career she has had the privilege of evaluating children and adults with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities such as dyslexia and non-verbal learning disability, Autism, anxiety and mood disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, and Depression, as well as neurological conditions including Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Hydrocephalus, Aphasia, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has also published 24 articles, abstracts, and book chapters in prestigious professional publications including The Journal of Neuroscience and The Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology among others. She is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, The New York State Association of Neuropsychology, and The New York Neuropsychology Group.