Amber Sousa is a clinical neuropsychologist who performs comprehensive assessments with the goal of diagnosing and recommending treatments for a wide variety of cognitive, neurological, and psychological disorders. She sees patients at the Academic Health Care Center at the NYIT-Long Island Campus.

Sousa previously worked in the area of Alzheimer's disease research and held a number of clinical positions performing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2013 and completed her postdoctoral training at Northwell Health's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Sousa is the Principal Investigator on a number of research projects aimed towards assessing the neuropsychology of disorders that affect cognitive function. Her current research areas include treatments for Parkinson's disease and cognition in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Her broad research interests include improving treatment options for diseases that affect brain function.


  • Lisa Hoffman, Nicholas D. Burt, Nicholas R. Piniella, Madison Baker, Nicole Volino, Saeed Yasin, Min-Kyung Jung, Adena Leder, Amber Sousa, "Efficacy and Feasibility of Remote Cognitive Remediation Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial", Parkinson’s Disease, vol. 2023, Article ID 6645554, 10 pages, 2023.

  • Douris, Peter C., Joseph Cottone, Patricia Cruz, Nicholas Frosos, Christie Marino, Leonard Singamenggala, Joshua Shapiro, Amber Sousa, John P. Handrakis, and Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue. “The Effects of Externally Paced Exercise on Executive Function and Stress in College-Aged Students.” Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise, June 29, 2022.

  • DiFrancisco-Donoghue, Joanne, Seth E Jenny, Peter C Douris, Sophia Ahmad, Kyle Yuen, Tamzid Hassan, Hillary Gan, Kenney Abraham, and Amber Sousa. “Breaking up Prolonged Sitting with a 6 Min Walk Improves Executive Function in Women and Men Esports Players: A Randomised Trial.” BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine 7, no. 3 (July 2021): e001118.

  • Sousa A, Ahmad SL, Hassan T, Yuen, K, Douris, P, Zwibel, H, Difrancisco-Donoghue, J. (2020). Physiological and Cognitive Functions Following a Discrete Session of Competitive Esports Gaming. Front Psychol. 2020;11:1030.

  • Garcia-Alvarez L, Gomar JJ, Sousa A, Garcia-Portilla MP, Goldberg TE (2019). Breadth and depth of working memory and executive function compromises in mild cognitive impairment and their relationships to frontal lobe morphometry and functional competence. Alzheimer's and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Disease Monitoring, 11; 170–179.
  • Koppel J, Sousa A, Gordon ML, Giliberto L, Christen E, Davies P. (2018). Association between psychosis in elderly patients with Alzheimer disease and impaired social cognition. JAMA Psychiatry, 75 (6): 652–653.
  • Gomar, JJ, Ragland JD, Uluğ AM, Sousa A, Huey ED, Conejero-Goldberg C, Davies P, Goldberg TE. (2017). Differential medial temporal lobe morphometric predictors of item- and relational-encoded memories in healthy individuals and in individuals with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, 3(2): 238–246.
  • Sousa A, Gomar JJ, Ragland JD, Conejero-Goldberg C, Buthorn J, Keehlisen L, Huey TE, Koppel J, Gordon ML, Christen E, Goldberg TE (2016). The Relational and Item-Specific Encoding Task in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer Disease. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. 42(5-6):265–277.
  • Sousa A, Gomar JJ, Goldberg Terry E, for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. (2015). Neural and behavioral substrates of disorientation in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions,1 (1): 37–45.
  • Ehrlichman HE., Micic D., Sousa A., Zhu J. (2007). Looking for answers: Eye movements in non-visual cognitive tasks. Brain and Cognition, 64 (1): 7–20.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Advanced Concepts of Clinical Research