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Preeti Saigal, PhD

Director of Neuropsychology, Senior Supervising Psychologist.

Dr. Preeti Saigal, clinical director of CFI’s Pediatric Assessment Center in Manhattan and Brooklyn, is a clinical psychologist, with specialized training in areas of health psychology, rehabilitation psychology, and neuropsychology with both children and adults. 

Prior to joining CFI, Dr. Saigal worked in various capacities over 13 years at the Langone Medical Center at New York University (NYULMC). At NYULMC’s Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, she served as a program manager responsible for overseeing psychosocial programs and services for patients with pediatric cancers, blood disorders, brain tumors and neurofibromatosis. She also provided clinical services, including individual and group therapy, consultations and neuropsychological evaluations.  

Before that, at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, a physical rehabilitation hospital, she provided psychotherapeutic services and neuropsychological evaluations to children and young adults. They presented a range of complex medical and neuro-developmental conditions with associated developmental, learning and psychiatric disorders.  

In private practice, Saigal has provided neuropsychological evaluations to pediatric patients with a wide range of developmental, learning and social-emotional concerns. As education liaison and advocate, she works with families to navigate transitions, such as from pre-school to elementary school, or to seek alternative or specialized school placements or services. Her experience encompasses working collaboratively with school personnel, education attorneys, advocates and clinical providers to ensure her patients receive the necessary supports and services in early childhood and throughout their education.  

Therapeutically, Saigal’s bio-psychosocial approach to treatment incorporates understanding of a child’s developmental presentation, family structure and cultural background. In this way, she can guide therapeutic and evidence-based interventions best suited to their needs and abilities. 

Saigal earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. at George Washington University.  She completed a pre-doctoral residency at the Department of Veterans Affairs, New York Harbor Healthcare System, followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship NYULMC in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology. 

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