Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Meeta Goswami MPH PhD, Director Narcolepsy Institute
Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York
Dr. Meeta Goswami has been the director of the Narcolepsy Institute since its inception in 1985. She received a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and a Master in Public Health from Columbia University in New York. She is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, and the National Sleep Foundation. Meeta Goswami, with Michael J Thorpy and others, edited the first book on Narcolepsy and Psychosocial Issues 1992; she has co-authored with Michael J Thorpy, the Narcolepsy Primer 2006 Second Edition, developed a Video on Narcolepsy, and publishes a semi-annual newsletter, Perspectives, on narcolepsy. She has published several papers on narcolepsy and has lectured nationally and internationally. Meeta Goswami is committed to integrating the social and medical sciences and applying this knowledge to enhance the quality of care provided to patients and improving the quality of life of those who have narcolepsy. The Narcolepsy Institute has a website: narcolepsyinstitute.org
The Narcolepsy Institute
Since its inception in 1985, the Narcolepsy Institute has been funded by New York State OMRDD to provide psychosocial support services to individuals with narcolepsy and their families. Free services are provided for people who live in New York City with their families and whose narcolepsy qualifies as a developmental disability. Narcolepsy is a developmental disability if it occurs before the age of 22 and presents difficulties in school, work, mobility, self-care, communication, and other activities of daily living. Services are provided on a fee-for-service basis for those who are not eligible for free services.
The Narcolepsy Institute provides screening, information, referral, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and advocacy for affected individuals and their families. Support groups are conducted by a qualified professional. The thrust of the counseling service is towards providing individuals and their families with information about narcolepsy and developing skills necessary to cope with the social impact of this condition on their lives and thus improving the quality of their lives. Non-pharmacological approaches to management including, behavioral modification and nutritional counseling are provided. Following an initial interview, an appropriate referral is made for medical diagnosis and treatment, entitlements, or employment as needed in individual cases. In addition to the services at Montefiore Medical Center, support groups are conducted by appointment in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The program conducts outreach to increase awareness among professionals and consumers about narcolepsy.
Contact: 718-920-6799 from 9 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday.
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