Who We Are

Dr. Melissa Perkins-Banas

Dr. Perkins-Banas is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist/ sports psychologist with a dual doctorate degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She completed postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology/ sports psychology with internationally renowned neuropsychologist Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D, with additional postdoctoral study in neuroanatomical dissection of the brain and spinal cord. In addition to neuropsychological assessments, she also conducts individual, couples, and family therapy.

Dr. Perkins-Banas also works with athletes for sub-clinical/ clinical issues related to competition and for mental aspects of sports training for peak performance. She conducts baseline testing, assists with return to play decision making, and cognitive rehabilitation in concussion management. She is a certified ImPact Consultant and USTFCCA coach, a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and a Hall of Fame athlete.

Education

  • Specialization Program: Postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology and Sports Neuropsychology
  • Psy.D – Clinical Psychology| Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Memberships | Specialties

  • Member APA
  • Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40)
  • Association for Applied Sports Psychology
  • Board of Education

Dr. Erin Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychological assessment. She completed a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology at Washington Medical Group in Washington D.C. Dr. Sweeney conducts comprehensive evaluations of young adult to geriatric patients including neuropsychological, educational, and psychological assessments. She offers diagnostic assessments for patients related to problems with attention, behavioral concerns, psychological functioning, trauma, and neuropsychological correlates to complex medical conditions. She is also available for continued consultation regarding testing results. She has particular expertise in assessing traumatic brain injuries, adjustment to diagnosis, and attention disorders.

Education

Psy.D.- Clinical Psychology | American School of Professional Psychology

M.A.- Psychology  | Rhode Island College

B.S. – Psychology | College of Charleston

Certifications | Specialities

RI Licensed Psychologist
Member American Psychological Association

Specializations

Assessment and diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, attention disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic stress disorders, depression, and memory disorders.

Dr. Deborah Kirsten

Dr. Kirsten is a licensed psychologist in the state of Rhode Island. She is currently completing a postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology with Elkhonon Goldberg Ph.D., internationally renowned neuropsychologist, cognitive neuroscientist, and author of several books. She conducts neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Kirsten has experience performing stroke rehabilitation, in-patient and assisted living
psychological consultations, as well as Police Officer pre-employment screenings and “fitness for duty” evaluations. She has a background conducting individual, couple, family
and group psychotherapy with specialties in geriatric psychology and eating disorders.

Education
Current Student, Specialization Program: Postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology
Pre and postdoctoral training in brief psychotherapy Ed.D. – Education Psychology, Counseling Emphasis| Northern Arizona University

Memberships | Specialties
Member APA
Member National Register