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Sylvie Goldman, Ph.D.

Dr. Sylvie Goldman

Clinical Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics


Professional Interests

Sylvie Goldman, Ph.D, is Clinical Instructor in Neurology (Developmental Psychology). She graduated in 1984 form the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a Licence in Clinical Psychology and evaluated children clinically in the Division of Child Neurology of the Hôpital Universitaire Erasme, Brussels from 1984 to 1988. She came to Einstein as a research assistant in 1989 under the supervision of Drs. Isabelle Rapin and Michelle Dunn of the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Einstein on the Program Project, Nosology: Higher Cerebral Function Disorders in Children. She obtained her PhD degree (Developmental Psychology) in 2002 from the Psychology Department at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

Supported for 2 years by a post-doctoral fellowship from NAAR (Autism Speaks) and more recently from the Einstein/Montefiore Autism Center, Dr. Goldman has gained extensive research experience analyzing stereotypies from videotapes. She is comparing the evolution of stereotypies in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and with other developmental disorders from preschool to schoolage. In collaboration with Dr Rapin and Dr Paul Greene, a neurologist specialized in movement disorders from the Neurological Institute of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has developed an online video coding system for the standardized description of repetitive movements. She is currently involved in studies comparing the stereotypies of low functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with those of children with Rett Syndrome in collaboration with Dr. Teresa Temudo of Portugal, and those of high functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to those of children with Tourette syndrome in collaboration with Dr. Ruth Nass, Pediatric Neurology Service, NYU School of Medicine.

Dr Goldman's long term research interests are understanding the neurologic basis of stereotypies in autism and the language and communication disorders, notably their personal narratives, in High Functioning Children with Autism. She also does clinical developmental assessments of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Dr. Goldman speaks English and French.


Selected Publications

  1. 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 [PubMed]
  2. Motor stereotypies and volumetric brain alterations in children with Autistic Disorder.
    Goldman S, O'Brien LM, Filipek PA, Rapin I, Herbert MR.
    Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2013 Jan 1;7(1):82-92.
    PMID: 23637709 [PubMed]
  3. Stereotypies in autism: a video demonstration of their clinical variability.
    Goldman S, Greene PE.
    Front Integr Neurosci. 2012;6:121. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00121. Epub 2013 Jan 3.
    PMID: 23316144 [PubMed]
  4. Relationship between executive functions and motor stereotypies in children with Autistic Disorder.
    Lemonda BC, Holtzer R, Goldman S.
    Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2012 Jul 1;6(3):1099-1106.
    PMID: 23637708 [PubMed]



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