Dr. Imber is a Harvard-trained, board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and subspecialty board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist with expertise in helping individuals throughout the lifespan. She is a Past-President of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. Learn more about her training, philosophy, and advocacy work below.
Training and Background
Dr. Imber has trained extensively in the fields of neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and visual neuroscience. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neural Science at Brown University, and subsequently earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University with a focus in neural science and neuropsychology. Through her internship training at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital in Belmont, she provided group and individual psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and neuropsychological assessment services to adolescents, adults, and elder adults with a variety of psychiatric and medical issues. She completed her residency in clinical neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital through Harvard Medical School’s Harvard-Partners Consortium in Neuropsychology, where she conducted assessments of children, adolescents, younger adults, and elders. She has been in private practice since 2004 and has previously served as the pediatric neuropsychologist for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. In addition to her clinical work, she has taught a course in physiological psychology at New York University, conducted research in human perception, and performed assessments for clinical drug trials investigating new treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Imber is a Massachusetts-licensed psychologist and is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and subspecialty board-certified in pediatric neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
Dr. Imber’s practice provides neuropsychological services to individuals with strokes and brain injuries, dementia, learning disorders, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, and a wide range of other neurological, developmental, and psychiatric issues. She works with people throughout the lifespan (age 6 and up). She espouses the scientist-practitioner model, meaning that she applies the results of scientific research to the work that she does with patients. With the patient’s permission, she likes to involve families and team members in the assessment process to gain a mutual understanding of a person’s symptoms, strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Families are encouraged to return with the patient for a follow-up session after an evaluation, and longer-term follow-up is available if desired. She believes that assessment is not just about establishing a diagnosis, but also helping a patient and family to understand the meaning of symptoms in day-to-day life, connecting people with effective resources, and fostering communication amongst members of the treatment team. She understands that the evaluation process can be anxiety-provoking and strives to help people to feel comfortable and informed at every step. Her reports are comprehensive and include detailed information and recommendations designed to help providers, patients, families, and educators to understand a person’s complex and unique needs and abilities.
In addition to her direct work with patients and families, Dr. Imber volunteers her time to local, regional, and national patient advocacy efforts aimed at protecting patient rights and increasing access to assessment and other neuropsychological services. She is a Past-President of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, having served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of that organization, and she co-chaired the MNS Professional Affairs Committee for several years. She is also an active member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association’s Assessment Committee, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), ABPP, and APA/Division 40. She is an alumna of the 2012-2013 class of APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She received a 2013 Presidential Citation from the Massachusetts Psychological Association for her contributions to a bill requiring transparency in medical-necessity criteria, and was the recipient of an Outstanding Service to the Profession Award from the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society in 2013.