In Part 1, we discussed the incidence and prevalence of MS in the United States; whether MS is on the rise, holding steady, or in decline; kinds of symptoms that occur either singly or in combination and their impact on patients from the perspective of psychology; roles that stress and mood disturbances play in influencing various MS symptoms; how perception of illness perception by patients has an impact on psychological distress; other kinds of therapeutic interventions to treat symptoms; cultivation of resilience among patients; and helping patients to become adept as self-managers of MS.
In Part 2, we discussed the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes among patients with MS; non-adherence to prescribed treatment plans; the extent to which lockdown policies have disrupted normal lifestyle and the ability to access health services; use of telemedicine with patients and how it compares in effectiveness with face-to-face interactions; and key insights observed as a result of working with patients.
Felicia Connor is the Director of Internship and Training for an APA approved internship program at NYU Langone Health, Rusk Rehabilitation. She is Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Delaware and New York. For the last decade, she has specialized in rehabilitation of individuals with medical and neurological conditions with Traumatic Brain Injury, concussion, stroke and multiple sclerosis. She administers neuropsychological assessment and provides cognitive remediation and individual and group psychotherapy for individuals who are adjusting to their medical conditions.
Barbara Cicero is the Program Manager of the Adult Outpatient Psychology Service at NYU Langone Health, Rusk Rehabilitation. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of CUNY and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation
Psychology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations and provides individual and group treatment to individuals with a variety of medical and neurological conditions. Her clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis.