Gianutsos, Ph.D, Director.
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
American Academy of Optometry
NYS Lic. 004693
- SUNY State
College of Optometry (University Optometric Center), Head Trauma
Vision Rehabilitation Unit
personally conducts all evaluations. Her doctoral training was in
scientific cognitive psychology, which she taught for over 12 years
at Adelphi University. In 1978, before Cognitive Rehabilitation
was generally recognized, she began applying the experience to the
brain-injured and founded the Cognitive Rehabilitation unit at Bellevue
Hospital/New York University Medical Center.
When the NY
State Legislature mandated a Medical Advisory Board for the Department
of Motor Vehicles in 1988, Dr. Gianutsos was a member. On that policy
review panel she chaired the Subcommittee for the Elderly and Disabled
Driver. She was also an active contributor to a committee of the
NYS V.E.S.I.D. concerned with driver evaluation and rehabilitation.
She is the first person in the metropolitan NY area to be a Certified
Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.
As the author
of over 50 research and clinical articles, Dr. Gianutsos is on the
editorial board of several professional journals. She is creator
of the Elemental Driving Simulator and the series, Computer
Programs for Cognitive Rehabilitation. For many years she served
as consultant to several brain injury rehabilitation facilities.