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  • MD, Fairleigh Dickinson Dental School

  • Internship, Clinical Psychology
    Medical University of South Carolina

  • Fellowship, Neurology & Psych.
    Medical University of South Carolina


    Dr. Festa is the Director of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai West and is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Her research has focused on neurovascular neuropsychology, neuropsychological functioning in heart failure, the neurocognitive and psychological aspects of medical disorders, as well as the development of neuropsychological testing measures. She has been a neuropsychologist researcher on various programs funded by industry and the National Institutes of Health. 

    Dr. Festa’s clinical interest is in identifying the cognitive, behavioral and affective sequelea of medical illnesses.   Her clinical practice focuses on adult neuropsychological assessment in English fluent patients with a broad range of cognitive problems including memory disorders, dementias, movement disorders, autoimmune disorders, postconcussion syndrome, brain tumors, cerebrovascular disease and stroke, seizure disorders, infectious diseases, attention deficit disorder and other psychiatric disorders. 

    Dr. Festa provides neuropsychological assessment services to adults age 17 and older. To schedule an appointment, please contact her office at (212) 523-8060.


Behavior, Cardiovascular, Cognitive Neuroscience, Memory

Dr. Festa's research has focused on neurovascular neuropsychology, the effects of heart failure on cognitive functioning, neurocognition in Moyamoya disease, the neurocognitive and psychological aspects of medical disorders, as well as the development of neuropsychological testing measures.


Marshall RS, Festa JR, Cheung YK, Pavol MA, Derdeyn CP, Clarke WR, Videen TO, Grubb RL, Slane K, Powers WJ, Lazar RM. Randomized Evaluation of Carotid Occlusion and Neurocognition (RECON) trial: main results. Neurology 2014 Mar; 82(9).

Festa JR, Jia X, Cheung K, Marchidann A, Schmidt M, Shapiro PA, Mancini DM, Naka Y, Deng M, Lantz ER, Marshall RS, Lazar RM. Association of low ejection fraction with impaired verbal memory in older patients with heart failure. Archives of neurology 2011 Aug; 68(8).

Lazar RM, Minzer B, Antoniello D, Festa JR, Krakauer JW, Marshall RS. Improvement in aphasia scores after stroke is well predicted by initial severity. Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation 2010 Jul; 41(7).

Lazar RM, Berman MF, Festa JR, Geller AE, Matejovsky TG, Marshall RS. GABAergic but not anti-cholinergic agents re-induce clinical deficits after stroke. Journal of the neurological sciences 2010 May; 292(1-2).

Festa JR, Schwarz LR, Pliskin N, Cullum CM, Lacritz L, Charbel FT, Mathews D, Starke RM, Connolly ES, Marshall RS, Lazar RM. Neurocognitive dysfunction in adult moyamoya disease. Journal of neurology 2010 May; 257(5).

Lantz ER, Lavine SD, Festa JR, Connolly ES, Wright CB, Lazar RM. Acute confusional syndrome from a dural arteriovenous fistula. Neurosurgery 2009 Jul; 65(1).

Kubu CS, Ready RE, Festa JR, Roper BL, Pliskin NH. The Times They Are a Changin': Neuropsychology and Integrated Care Teams. The Clinical neuropsychologist 2016 Jan; 30(1).

Wright CB, Festa JR, Paik MC, Schmiedigen A, Brown TR, Yoshita M, DeCarli C, Sacco R, Stern Y. White matter hyperintensities and subclinical infarction: associations with psychomotor speed and cognitive flexibility. Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation 2008 Mar; 39(3).

Festa JR, Barr WB, Pliskin N. The politics of technicians. The Clinical neuropsychologist 2010 Apr; 24(3).

Chmayssani M, Festa JR, Marshall RS. Chronic ischemia and neurocognition. Neuroimaging clinics of North America 2007 Aug; 17(3).

Starke RM, Komotar RJ, Hickman ZL, Paz YE, Pugliese AG, Otten ML, Garrett MC, Elkind MS, Marshall RS, Festa JR, Meyers PM, Connolly ES. Clinical features, surgical treatment, and long-term outcome in adult patients with moyamoya disease. Clinical article. Journal of neurosurgery 2009 Nov; 111(5).

Multitasking disorder from right temporoparietal stroke. Lazar RM, Festa JR, Geller AE, Romano GM, Marshall RS. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2007 Sep;20(3):157-62. .;.

Erlanger DM, Kaushik T, Broshek D, Freeman J, Feldman D, Festa J. Development and validation of a web-based screening tool for monitoring cognitive status. The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation 2002 Oct; 17(5).

Erlanger D, Feldman D, Kutner K, Kaushik T, Kroger H, Festa J, Barth J, Freeman J, Broshek D. Development and validation of a web-based neuropsychological test protocol for sports-related return-to-play decision-making. Archives of clinical neuropsychology : the official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists 2003 Apr; 18(3).

Festa JR, Lazar RM, Marshall RS, Pile-Spellman J, Chong JY, Duong H. Dural arteriovenous fistula presents like an ischemic stroke. Cognitive and behavioral neurology : official journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology 2004 Mar; 17(1).

Marshall RS, Festa JR, Cheung YK, Chen R, Pavol MA, Derdeyn CP, Clarke WR, Videen TO, Grubb RL, Adams HP, Powers WJ, Lazar RM. (2012) Cerebral Hemodynamics and Cognitive Impairment; Baseline data from the RECON trial. Neurology, 78: 250-5..;.

Starke, RM, Komotar, RJ, Hickman SL, Paz, YE, Pugliese, AG, Otten, ML, Garrett, MC, Elkind, MSV, Marshall, RS, Festa, JR, Meyers, PM, Connolly, ES. (2009). Clinical features, surgical treatment, and long-term outcome of adult moyamoya patients. Journal of Neurosurgery, 111(5):936-42..;.

Lazar, RM, Speizer, AE, Festa JR, Krakauer JW, Marshall RS (2008). Variability in language recovery after first-time stroke. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 79(5):530-4. .;.

Noskin, O, Krakauer, JW, Lazar, RM, Festa, JR, Handy, C, O’Brien, KA, Marshall, RS. (2007). Ipsilateral motor dysfunction from unilateral stroke: Implications for the functional neuroanatomy of hemiparesis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 79(4), 401-406..;.

Wright, C, Festa, JR, Sacco R, Paik, MC, DeCarli C, Stern, Y (2008). Motor dexterity and increasing white matter hyperintensity volume: the Northern Manhattan Study. Stroke, 39, 800-805..;.

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Dr. Festa did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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