Paris Neuropsychological Services
Offering specialized, in depth cognitive and psychoeducational evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults in English and French .
Seta Kazandjian, Ph.D.
Dr. Seta Kazandjian completed her doctorate in the Neuropsychology subprogram of the Psychology department at City University of New York at Queens College. She completed her internship at NYU-Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York. Her post doctoral fellowship was completed at at the Fondation-Ophtalmologique Rothschild's Vision and Cognition Center in France. She also trained at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Dr. Kazandjian carried out her dissertation research on the effects of bilingualism and acculturation on neuropsychological test performance.
Widely trained, Dr. Kazandjian is a clinical neuropsychologist qualified to assess individuals with a variety of neurological and psychological disorders. She is licensed in both New York State and California. She is a registered psychologist in France.
Dr. Kazandjian is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the American University of Paris. She teaches undergraduate courses in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.
Dr. Kazandjian serves as President of SPRINT France, a non-profit professional organization for children with special needs in France. She is also a member of several professional neuropsychological organizations in France and the United States.
Dr. Kazandjian's interests are in the neuropsychological assessment of bilingual speakers and third-culture children, and the neuropsychology of epilepsy.
Services I Offer
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
Neuropsychological evaluations are requested specifically to help your doctors and other professionals understand how the different areas and systems of the brain are working.
This information can help parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians provide treatments and interventions that will meet the child's unique needs.
Typical referral reasons include:
1. Difficulty in learning, attention, behavior, socialization, or emotional control.
2. A disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain in some way.
3. A brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or other physical stress.
A neuropsychological evaluation involves measuring thinking, behavior, and social-emotional functioning using standardized tests and procedures. Examiners work directly with your child. They also talk to parents, teachers and other doctors, and will review any records.
What is Assessed?
A typical neuropsychological evaluation will involve assessment of the following:
Higher level executive skills (e.g., sequencing, reasoning, problem solving)
Attention and concentration
Learning and memory
Visual–spatial skills (e.g., perception)
Motor and sensory skills
Mood and personality
Some abilities may be measured in more detail than others, depending on your needs.
Areas of Specialty
Epilepsy / Seizure Disorders
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
These evaluations are usually requested by schools and college testing boards to help determine whether a child would benefit from accommodations or an indivdualized education plan.
In addition to general intelligence testing, psychoeducational evaluations test academic achievement through standardaized tests for reading, writing and math.
What Can I Expect?
An individual's performance on these tests is compared to that of others within their age group. This allows us to determine how their level of functioning in various areas ranks as compared to peers of their same age. That information is then combined with data collected from parent, spouse and teacher questionnaires to develop a comprehensive understanding of an individual's strengths and weaknesses. I then utilize this to develop a treatment plan aimed at supporting the areas of weakness. Results are initially conveyed to parents or the adult through a verbal feedback session, and a comprehensive written report documenting the evaluation is completed within 4 weeks after the evaluation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Remediation
Therapy sessions are proposed to some adolescents and adults to help with challenges in life related to ADHD, high-functioning autism (Asperger's), depression, and anxiety.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
intervenes to lessen life impairments — procrastination, time management, and other common difficulties — not to treat the core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
CBT sessions focus on identifying the situations in which poor planning, disorganization, and poor time and task management create challenges in a patient’s day-to-day life.
Individual and Group Cognitive Remediation sessions are also offered, using Cogmed or other computerized woking memory and attention programs, as well as paper-and-pencil exercises.
Cost of an Evaluation
A complete neuropsychological evaluation includes time for record review, interview, test administration, test scoring, integration of all information, feedback session, and report writing time.
The cost of the evaluation varies depending on the situation. Please contact me for a quote. Payment plans are available.
Unfortunately the French Securité Sociale does not cover neuropsychological evaluations in private practice. Some health insurance plans, mutuel health plans, and international employers due cover all or part of the cost. You are encouraged to contact your insurance carrier and inquire as to your benefits.