It's not easy to find psychotherapists who are qualified to diagnose autism spectrum disorder, especially in adults.
Note: Getting diagnostic evaluations is now even harder, if possible at all, during the CoViD-19 crisis, given that standard evaluation procedures require in-person interactions. Most of the places on the list below are probably not doing diagnostic evaluations currently, but you might still want to put yourself on a waiting list.
Below is a preliminary list of places where some members of local support groups obtained their diagnoses. At some point, probably after the CoViD-19 crisis has passed, this list will be updated to include more places and, for those already listed, more information about insurance, other reduced-cost options, etc.
University-based and medical-school-hospital-based clinics
Private clinics, group practices, cooperatives, etc.
Private individual psychotherapy or neuropsychology practices
Social service organizations/agencies for developmentally disabled people
- Lists will be added here soon.
If you can't find a place covered by your insurance, note that some of the below-listed places have low-cost options for clients who choose to participate in clinical training programs for psychology grad student "externs" and postdoctoral trainees. Being seen by an extern can drastically reduce the cost of an ASD evaluation, by a factor of ten or so.
University-based and medical-school-hospital-based clinics are listed first, because they are the most likely to have clinical training programs and thus offer low-cost extern/trainee options to clients. (Occasionally, though rarely, they may even offer free ASD evaluations to people who volunteer to participate in a research study.)
But note that some private psychotherapists and some private clinics, group practices, and cooperatives also do clinical training, as indicated in the relevant sections below.
University-based and medical-school-hospital-based clinics in Manhattan
Seaver Autism Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Psychiatry, at One Gustave L. Levy Place (1 block north of East 97th Street, between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue). Map here. Tel: 212-241-0961.
University-based and medical-school-hospital-based clinics in Nassau and Suffolk counties
Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Saltzman Center at Hofstra University. Contact info for the director, Assistant Professor Kimberly Gilbert, Ph.D., is given at the bottom of the above page. Directions and maps here.
University-based and medical-school-hospital-based clinics in Westchester and Rockland counties
Private clinics, group practices, cooperatives, etc. in Manhattan
Spectrum Services, 303 Fifth Avenue (between 31st and 32nd Street), Suite 1003 (10th floor). A "cooperative of independent practices and organizations" specializing in autism spectrum conditions. (Directions here. Individual practitioners' contact info here.)
Some (though not all) of the numerous practitioners with offices at Spectrum Services do diagnostic evaluations; see the description of each individual practice. Two of these practitioners, Dr. Katherine Cody and Dr. Nicole Alicino, also do clinical training and supervise externs there.
Spectrum Services also hosts some of the free support groups run by AANE-NY. (Dr. Katherine Cody co-facilitates the Manhattan group for adults.)
Cognitive Assessment Group, 240 Central Park South (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Suite 2B. Specializes in diagnosis of various neurological conditions, such as learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as ASD. Insurance coverage: out-of-network benefits; promises to do the legwork of determining if you are covered. Also, their team appears to include some grad students (externs?) and a postdoctoral fellow. (Directions here. Contact info here. Intake questionnaire here.)
Behavioral & Neuropsychological Consultants, LLP, 1430 Broadway (near West 40th St), Suite 304. Offers evaluations for a variety of neuropsychological conditions. Rate for evaluation: $3800 to $4500. Insurance: Medicare, out-of-network coverage for many commercial insurance plans (will help client navigate this). Contact info here. Also has office in Rockville Centre on Long Island.
Private clinics, group practices, cooperatives, etc. in Nassau and Suffolk counties
Private individual practices in Manhattan
Sanam Hafeez, Psy.D (practice name Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.), 180 East 79 St. Suite # 1C. Offers evaluations for a variety of neuropsychological conditions. Still uses DSM IV (and ICD 10) autism terminology: "Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger's Syndrome." Rates: $2500 to $5000 total for evaluation. Insurance and payment options: accepts "most major commercial insurance plans." Does not accept Medicaid or Medicare. Special rates for uninsured CUNY students, but those special rates are only at the low end of the normal $2500 to $5000 range. Contact info here. Also has office in Queens.
Private individual practices in Queens
Sanam Hafeez, Psy.D (practice name Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.), 114-20 Queens Boulevard, Suite #CS2, Forest Hills, NY 11375, and 84-60 123 St., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Also has office in Manhattan; see more details under Manhattan listing.
Various autistic peer-led groups including support groups, career-oriented groups, and hobby-oriented social groups, led or facilitated by members of the Autistic Peer Leadership Group. Our newest group is the Autistic Women's Support & Social Group. All groups currently meet via text-based chat. Some groups will hopefully meet in-person after the COVID crisis is finally over with.
Where to get an ASD evaluation as an adult: This page will be expanded and updated sometime after the COVID crisis is over with.