Over twenty years of experience working with children, parents and educators in the New York City school system.
Dr. Amanda Nelson Mandel is a New York State licensed psychologist who specializes in psychological, educational, and neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Mandel has worked within the fields of education and psychology for over two decades, and maintained her private practice since 2005. She has extensive experience working with students and families from a wide-range of backgrounds and educational settings, including independent, public, and special education schools.
In addition to her private practice work, Dr. Mandel provides consultation and supervision to graduate students and psychologists working in the field of child neuropsychology. She has been an Adjunct Clinical Testing Supervisor for doctoral level graduate students in psychology at the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Mandel also consults regularly with schools and providers to help interpret and clarify the findings of neuropsychological evaluations and translate them into clear, actionable supports and interventions.
Dr. Mandel is a member of the American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, the New York Neuropsychology Group, and the Learning & the Brain.
Dr. Mandel holds a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Child/School Psychology from New York University. She was previously the Child Advocacy Coordinator and a Staff Neuropsychologist at the Center for Attention and Learning Disorders (CALD) at Lenox Hill Hospital, where she also completed her two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology. At CALD, she conducted evaluations, provided individual and family therapy, implemented cognitive remediation, taught and supervised trainees, and coordinated and supervised cases involving educational advocacy. She completed her clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Prior to entering the field of child psychology, Dr. Mandel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, with Honors, in American Studies from Williams College.
I strive to make the complex, intensive neuropsychological evaluation process as clear and comfortable as possible for both parents and their children. I work in a highly detailed and analytic manner informed by current psychological and educational theory and best practices. In order to provide realistic recommendations, my goal is always to perform tests and communicate findings in a way that is relatable, accessible, and easy to understand. I provide frequent, supportive, and transparent communication to families and children throughout the assessment process and when giving feedback regarding results and next steps. I take pride in making sure that parents, school providers, and outside professionals understand findings, recommendations, and goals, and that families are connected with additional resources as needed.
I am fascinated by the unique challenges and unexpected rewards of this work, and motivated by the phases of growth and change that I witness. I welcome the opportunity to work with your child and family.