Victoria M. Leavitt, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology (in Neurology) at CUMC
Victoria M. Leavitt, PhD

As a clinical neuropsychologist and researcher, Dr. Leavitt's primary interest lies in understanding cognitive impairment and lifestyle factors that protect against cognitive decline in clinical populations, with a specialization in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). An estimated 50-70% of persons with MS experience cognitive symptoms, and the impact on career, family, and life choices can be challenging. Through comprehensive cognitive evaluations, Dr. Leavitt identifies areas of strength and weakness to guide treatment, provide recommendations, and monitor change over time. She is particularly interested in the impact of modifiable lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and intellectually stimulating activities in preserving healthy cognition.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Cognitive Neuroscience

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Dementia
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurocognitive Deficits
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks/ TIA
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Education and Training

  • BS, Cornell University
  • PhD, 2009 Graduate School of the City University of New York
  • Internship: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
  • Fellowship: Kessler Institute

Locations

  • CUMC/Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (646) 426-3876
  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (646) 426-3876

Centers / Institutes / Programs

  • Neuropsychology Service
  • Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care & Research Center

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • 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 accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-1336

NIH Grants

  • CLINICAL RESEARCH SITES FOR THE NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE IN NEUROSCIENCE CLINICAL TRIALS (NEURONEXT SITES) (U24) (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2023

    COGNITIVE REHABILITATION IN MS: FROM NEUROSCIENCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE (Private)

    Jul 1 2017 - Jun 30 2022

    ASPIRIN BEFORE EXERCISE: ANTIPYRETIC PRETREATMENT TO REDUCE EXERCISE-INDUCED OVERHEATING AND EXHAUSTION IN RRMS PATIENTS (Federal Gov)

    Apr 1 2019 - Mar 31 2021

    A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF ESUPPORT AS A SOCIAL NETWORK INTERVENTION IN MS (Private)

    Mar 1 2018 - Feb 28 2019

    PROTECTION AGAINST COGNITIVE DECLINE IN MS: LONGITUDINAL INVESTIGATION OF RESERVE (Federal Gov)

    Jul 11 2016 - Apr 30 2017

    BRAIN TEMPERATURE IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: ADVANCING OUR UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT OF FATIGUE (Private)

    Oct 1 2015 - Sep 30 2016

    EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES OF COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION IN PEDIATRIC MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Private)

    Apr 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016

    RESTING STATE FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY AS A PREDICT (Private)

    Aug 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014