About Dr. Vincent Monastra

Dr. Vince Monastra serves as the director of the clinic and provides and supervises all evaluation and treatment procedures.

He is internationally recognized as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, and is the author of numerous scientific papers, an award winning book for parents (Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach) and a guidebook for clinicians (Unlocking the Potential of Patients with ADHD: A Model for Clinical Practice).

His innovative approach to diagnosis and treatment earned him recognition in Reader’s Digest’s “Medical Breakthrough’s” edition in 2004. In 2013, the FDA approved the QEEG process developed and patented by Dr. Monastra and Dr. Joel Lubar for use in diagnosing ADHD.

Dr. Monastra’s comprehensive approach to treatment has been documented in a training video published by the American Psychological Association. He has dedicated his career to the care of over 15,000 children, teens and adults with ADHD and other medical conditions known to impair attention. His current research is examining the long-term effects of neurofeedback in a NIH funded double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial (ICAN Study).

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About Jacqueline Ponticiello

Board certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Jacqueline Ponticiello, FNP is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who provides integrative medical care for the children, teens and adults at our clinic. A graduate of Binghamton University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Jacqueline has provided care for patients with attention problems since 2010.

Her approach to patient care emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine the underlying medical causes of the patient’s attention problems. As part of that process, Jacqueline focuses on strategies to improve the diet, sleep, and exercise habits of our patients, in order to bring out the best in the children, teens, and adults under her care.
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About Donna Monastra

New York State Licensed Social Worker and Assistant Director of The FPI Attention Disorders Clinic

Donna Monastra, LMSW is a New York State Licensed Social Worker and Assistant Director of The FPI Attention Disorders Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and her master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University.

As the Assistant Director, Donna conducts the initial clinical interviews with new patients and is the coordinator for all of our professional training seminars, workshops, and webinars. She has also provided individual counseling and coaching to adults, as well as marital counseling services.

Donna was instrumental in the development of our award winning parenting and neurofeedback program. Her knowledge of the impact of nutrition on attention has also helped parents find creative ways to improve the diets of the children and teens under our care.

Donna has been the creative force and director of the FPI Children’s Theatre Company. This theatre group has presented entertaining and educational programs on overcoming peer rejection and bullying and improving confidence. She has also facilitated group school based programs on divorce and addiction.

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Services

Learn about our Evaluation Services and Treatment Services.

Evaluation services

During your evaluation at our clinic, you will participate in an extensive interview process and complete questionnaires designed to provide us with a detailed description of your concerns. We will directly measure attention using computerized continous performance tests. Finally, we will conduct a Quantitative EEG procedure developed and patented by Dr. Monastra and Dr. Joel Lubar. This process was approved by the FDA for use in the diagnosis of ADHD in 2013. It is particularly helpful in clarifying whether the “ADHD” symptoms are due to medical conditions (including ADHD) or are a function of psychological/motivational factors.

Once our initial evaluation is completed, we will review the results with you and provide you with a detailed report. We will help coordinate appropriate medical evaluation by our medical staff or your physician in order to rule out other medical causes of chronic attention problems. We will also recommend screenings for hearing and visual problems as indicated.

Treatment services

Our comprehensive program includes individualized attention training at home or at our clinic (EEG biofeedback), parenting classes, social skills classes, counseling for teens and young adults to successfully transition to college, and coaching to help adults have more satisfying relationships and careers. We work closely with our clinic’s medical staff as well as, community physicians and school districts to assess medication response and develop effective IEP’s and 504 Plans.

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Dr. Monastra’s Featured Publications

Selected Scientific Papers by Dr. Monastra

Monastra, V.J., Lubar, J.F. & Linden, M. (2001). The development of a quantitative electroencephalographic scanning process for ADHD: Reliability and validity studies. Neuropsychology, 15, 136-144.

Monastra, V.J., Monastra, D.M., & George, S. (2002). The effects of stimulant therapy, EEG biofeedback and parenting style on the primary symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 27, 231-249.

Monastra, V.J. (2005). Overcoming the barriers to effective treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A neuroeducational approach. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 58, 71-80

Dr. Monastra's book on ADHD is easy to read and has many helpful tips for families dealing with this difficult disorder"

Dr. Daniel Amen, Amen Clinics Inc. School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine 

Response to treatment model presented in Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (American Psychological Association)

Best of the ADHD books...read this one first"

Jennifer Koch, Flemington, NJ 

Response to treatment model presented in Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (American Psychological Association)

This book was one of the most useful books I have ever purchased about ADHD"

Bookworm 

The model Dr. Monastra presents is critical for clinical practice"

Dr. Eric Braverman, PATH Medical Center New York, NY 

I have long admired Dr. Monastra's extraordinary efforts to integrate systematic research on ADHD into his clinical work"

Dr. David Rabiner, Duke University, Durham, NC 

Response to treatment model presented in Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (American Psychological Association)

The most effective ADHD treatment philosophy to date"

The Salus Sergeant 

Response to treatment model presented in Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (American Psychological Association)

Great information for parents with an ADHD child"

CJJ 

Response to treatment model presented in Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach (American Psychological Association)

Excellent information for parents and school professionals"

pgh psych