Dr. Kirsten Fliegler, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializes in neuropsychological assessment and treating patients with Mind/Body Disorders. Mind/Body Disorders are physical conditions that are exacerbated by stress and the way in which an individual manages emotions.
Dr. Fliegler began an internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine – NYU Langone Medical Center in 1995. Upon completion of the internship, Dr. Fliegler joined the Psychology Staff at NYU, working in the Neuropsychology Department and the Clinical Health Psychology Department. Dr. Fliegler worked at NYU until 2003, at which time she went into private practice on a full-time basis.
While at NYU and continuing in private practice, Dr. Fliegler worked with John Sarno, M.D., a pioneering physician who developed the concept of TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome, now also called Tension Myoneural Syndrome). Dr. Fliegler treats patients with TMS and its equivalents. This includes musculoskeletal pain, vestibular symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, fibromyalgia and OCD, among other conditions.
Dr. Fliegler is also interested in brain-behavior relationships that are revealed by neuropsychological testing. A neuropsychological evaluation can obtain information in regard to: executive functioning (planning, anticipation, impulsivity), intelligence, attention and concentration, memory, motivation, personality styles and how cognitive functioning in these areas affects an individual’s ability to work and learn.