James W. Mikesell, PhD, ABPP

Board Certified in Forensic Psychology
Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Psychology


Practice of Clinical and

Forensic Psychology

Common reasons why individuals are referred:

"My son can't seem to learn even though we are told that there is nothing wrong with him."

"We are not sure, but my husband doesn't seem to be himself.  His memory is getting worse and he is more irritable."

"I have been following this patient for a number of years now and I can't tell whether there is a severe attentional problem or a mood disorder."

"Her teachers insist she doesn't do well because she is lazy.  We know she is not lazy!"

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Dr. Mikesell conducts testing for purposes of psychodiagnostic clarification and treatment planning purposes, special education assessments and consultation, and vocational or workplace accommodations.

Testing is on a fee-for-service basis only, as insurance companies often consider testing not medically necessary, in spite of strong evidence supporting the validity and utility of psychological and neuropsychological testing.

Learning and Communication Disorders

Estimates are that as many as 15 percent of the population has a learning disorder of some kind, many of which go undiagnosed and untreated. Indeed, it is only in adulthood that many individuals come to understand how specific disabilities have affected their lives due to inadequate identification in their early years. Types of disorders include:

  • Disorders of Reading, Math, Oral and Written Expression
  • Communication Disorders and CAPD
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorders

Disorders of Attention and Impulse

Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common  yet complex of the neurocognitive disorders. Accurate differential diagnosis requires a thorough assessment.

Personality and Behavioral Assessment

Accurate assessment of psychiatrically based conditions such as of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, thought disturbances, and personality dysfunctions is critical to proper clinical intervention. Numerous procedures are employed to facilitate a proper clinical composite of the patient.

Co-morbid Brain/Behavior Disorders

Few disorders occur in isolation. While many evaluations focus on one dimension of human functioning, our assessments synthesize the various neuropsychological systems, including those of cognition, emotion, and behavior.

Referrals are made by:

  • Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, Internists   
  • Attorneys or Courts
  • Human Resource Personnel/EAP
  • Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists
  • Committees on Special Education or Teachers
  • Parents and former patients

James W. Mikesell, PhD, ABPP
6713 Collamer Road
Ghaly Healing & Wellness
East Syracuse, NY  13057
Phone:  315-449-0117
Fax:       315-449-9623
Cell:      315-254-4085
E-Mail: jwmikesellphd@gmail.com