Elyssa Scharaga, Ph.D.
Dr. Elyssa Scharaga, PhD (she/her) is a Co-Director and Clinical Neuropsychologist at The Center for Cognitive Health (CCH) at Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York (BSSNY). In addition, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Prior to joining CCH, Dr. Scharaga was a Senior Neuropsychologist at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health.
Dr. Scharaga completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and a predoctoral psychology internship at the Northport VAMC, with a concentration in neuropsychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, and undergraduate degree from the George Washington University.
Her clinical focus is in traumatic brain injuries, dementia, stroke, epilepsy, and movement disorders. In addition to conducting neuropsychological evaluations, she provides cognitive remediation and executive functioning coaching. She also provides evidence-based psychotherapy for several issues, including adjustment to chronic medical/neurological conditions and caregiver stress.
In addition to clinical care, her research interests are in cognitive issues related to aging, cardiovascular diseases, infectious disease, and chronic pain. She is involved in local and international psychology organizations and is on the executive board of the Queer Neuropsychological Society and the Education Advisory Committee of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.