Memorial Sloan Kettering Psychologist Laura Cimini

Laura Cimini, PhD, EdM

Psychologist

Titles

Assistant Attending Psychologist, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Assistant Faculty (Level I), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Assistant Professor

Clinical Expertise

Clinical Psychology for Children, Adolescents, Adults and Family Systems; Psycho-Oncology; Patient-Centered and Family-Focused Care; Evidence-Based Interventions; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Play Therapy; Neuropsychological Assessment and Educational Advocacy

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Cimini accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 7/1/23)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Carrum Health

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

Cigna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Fidelis

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

First Health

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Healthfirst

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Magnacare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

MVP

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

Payor Type: Other
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): TBD

Oscar

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO/EPO

Oxford

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, EPO

Qualcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Straight NJ Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Tricare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

UMR

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS

United Healthcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

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About Me

Education

PhD, in School Psychology, Columbia University; EdM, in Applied Developmental and Learning Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University; MA, in Educational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA, Colby College, Waterville, ME

Residencies

APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, South Shore Mental Health, Quincy, MA

Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology & Neuropsychology, The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Health (2015-2017)

Board Certifications

NY State Licensed Psychologist

I am a pediatric psychologist on the multidisciplinary MSK Kids’ team. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, caregivers, and families using evidence-based interventions in individual, family, and group settings. I work with patients and families at multiple points on their cancer journey, from adjusting to their initial diagnosis through survivorship.

In my practice I support those patients dealing with a range of challenges including adjustment reactions, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and bereavement, life transitions, and self-esteem difficulties. Using a variety of therapeutic approaches, I customize a care plan for each patient to ease distress and empower them and their families to face the challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. I help to foster resiliency through building coping skills, practicing self-compassion, and improving communications patterns that help patients and families adapt to their changing environment and tap into their capacity for healing. 

I have extensive training in pediatric neuropsychology and have utilized my neuropsychological assessment skills with a diverse population of pre-school and school-age children. As such, I am able to identify interventions and accommodations to help children return to school or who are struggling to learn. My training uniquely prepares me to understand and support child development and navigate school systems, one of the most prominent parts of a child’s life. I also use my experience in this area to help children and families to better understand and adjust to neurocognitive changes that result from treatment.

My work also includes integrating clinical practice with research that has the potential to help patients within and beyond MSKCC. I am interested in developing screening procedures for pediatric patients at various time points in their treatment and into survivorship for adjustment-related issues. I am also interested in studying the clinical impact of early neuropsychological assessment and education advocacy for pediatric oncology patients.

I am a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association), and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS).

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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Laura Cimini discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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