Sylvie Goldman, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology and the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center)
Sylvie Goldman, PhD

Dr. Sylvie Goldman is a developmental psychologist specialized in the diagnosis of early developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders and language and communication impairments. She obtained her degree in clinical psychology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she specialized in cognitive and emotional disorders and child neuropsychological evaluation. She developed her expertise in language disorders at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, working in a large longitudinal project on language and communication disorders. Dr. Goldman gained her experience in early diagnosis during her 8 years of practice as a clinical psychologist at the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics in Manhattan, where she performed comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of children ages from 8 months to 10 years.

She is certified in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI -R) and administered cognitive, language, and behavioral testing batteries.

Selected testing instruments:

- Cognitive testing: Bayley, Wechsler, Stanford-Binet, Raven's

- Language testing: PPVT, E-ROWPT, CELF, CCC-2

- Behavioral: Vineland, BASC, SRS, SCQ, RBS-R

- Diagnostic: ADOS, ADI-R, CARS

Dr. Sylvie Goldman's research interests focus on repetitive behaviors and, more specifically, on motor stereotypies in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Rett Syndrome. She has developed and published in peer reviews journals a video coding system to quantify and classify abnormal motor repetitive behaviors. She is also interested in motor control in young children with ASD, for which she is in the process of developing a battery of tests involving kinematic and video capture technologies to assess gait and postural control.

Dr. Goldman is also studying the effects of autism-related language disorders on the development of children's autobiographical memory. She investigates the relationship of particular social and communication deficits in ASD children on parent-child conversation.

Dr. Goldman's clinical research emphasis is on the effect of gender on the clinical diagnosis of ASD and the expression of its symptoms over time.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Division of Child Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuropsychology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Disorder
  • Intellectual disability
  • Language Problems
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Movement Disorders
  • Tic Disorder

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • French

Education and Training

  • PhD, Graduate School of the City University of New York

Centers / Institutes / Programs

  • Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain
  • Neuropsychology Service

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Insurance Programs

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  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • AgeWell [Medicare Managed Care, Special Needs Plan]
  • Capital District Physician Health Plan [Capital District Physician Health Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth, Special Needs Plan]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider does not accept new patients

NIH Grants


    Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021


Motor stereotypies in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Dev Med Child Neurol. SYLVIE GOLDMAN PHD, CUILING WANG PHD, MIRAN W SALGADO MD, PAUL E GREENE MD, MIMI KIM SCD, ISABELLE RAPIN MD. First published: 15 December 2008

Hand stereotypies distinguish Rett syndrome from autism disorder. Mov Disord. Sylvie Goldman PhD, Teresa Temudo MD, PhD. First published: 18 June 2012

Opinion: Sex, Gender and the Diagnosis of Autism - A Biosocial View of the Male Preponderance. Goldman S. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2013 Jun;7(6):675-679. No abstract available. PMID: 23687516.

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