Psychology

Rusk has a large staff of highly-skilled psychologists who provide a wide range of psychological services and counseling to our inpatient and outpatient population.

Inpatient Psychology

The Psychology service at Rusk Rehabilitation works with our inpatients to provide emotional support and to help the patient derive the maximum benefit from the treatment in the hospital. This includes identifying and addressing the emotional reactions that often occur with different disabilities, and helping patients develop coping skills and strategies that address the psychological and social impact of their condition and help to improve their overall well being. Our psychologists also work with individuals and their families to discover internal resources for creating balance and control and improving the patient’s quality of life.

Patients seen in the Inpatient Psychology program include pulmonary rehabilitation patients, amputees, stroke patients, indvidiuals with neurological disabilities, and patients with medically complex conditions such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Learn more about our Inpatient Psychology services.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Psychology

Rusk's Outpatient Rehabilitation Psychology service is the largest program of its kind on the Eastern seaboard. Our staff is made up of more than 30 doctoral level, New York State–licensed psychologists and ten psychology trainees (clinical interns and post doctoral fellows), who see hundreds of outpatients each year from the tri-state area as well as from across the nation and around the world. These clinicians provide a full range of psychological services for disabled children and adults in every age range, including evaluations, individual therapy sessions, family therapy, and/or group treatments and consultation. The staff is multilingual, offering therapy sessions in Spanish, Mandarin, Greek, Russian, and Hebrew. Translator services are also available for patients who speak other languages.

Our psychologists treat patients with a range of different medical and neurological conditions, including spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, vestibular disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage or aneurysm, epilepsy, brain tumor, anoxia, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson's disease.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Psychology services include adult programs for patients with medical and neurological disabilities, from individualized treatment to participation in our Brain  Injury Day Treatment Program. In addition, Outpatient Rehabilitation Psychology includes specialized services for our pediatric  outpatients

Referral Information

All patients, adult and pediatric, must be referred by a physician in order to participate in our outpatient rehabilitation programs. Download a referral form for Adult Outpatient  Psychology, Pediatric Outpatient  Psychology, and our Brain   Injury Day Treatment  Program.