Robert B. Sica, PhD, ABN
Director, LifeSpan-Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Services
License # 35SI00151900
Dr. Sica is the originator and director of LifeSpan-Neuropsychological Services. This is a joint program consisting of a comprehensive multi-specialty health psychology practice and an out-patient neuropsychological rehabilitation program first begun in the late 1970s. Dr. Sica has experience treating a variety of mental health conditions, in addition to the full spectrum of brain disorders, including but not limited to, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, brain tumors, various types of dementias, and learning disabilities.
Dr. Sica is a staff clinical neuropsychologist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center, both members of the Meridian Health Care System, where he treats patients along with his academic responsibilities of teaching medical students, residents, and neuropsychological interns.
Besides Dr. Sica’s practice and hospital responsibilities, he is a forensic consultant in probate, worker’s compensation, social security disability, and personal injury matters. In addition, he does consultation analysis for insurance companies regarding cost containment and legal neuropsychological direction. He also conducts independent medical examinations.
Dr. Sica was a leader in the late 1970s in the brain injury rehabilitation movement creating one of the original six programs in New Jersey treating traumatic brain injuries. At the same time, he served as one of the original clinical advisory board members in the creation of the New Jersey chapter of the National Head Injury Foundation (currently named the Brain Injury Association), as well working with the national organization in Boston, Mass. Clinically he developed a variety of rehabilitation modules that have helped thousands of patients mainstream back into society.
In the early 1980s, Dr. Sica was invited by Jersey Shore University Medical Center to join the level II trauma program in the care of patients in the surgical intensive care unit and to develop clinical pathways into other sections of the hospital through out-patient treatment. He developed other critical pathways for patient care, medical staff and family education as to patient's neuropsychological status, and a hospital manual on brain injuries. Finally, he developed the hospital’s neuropsychology internship rotation program, recognized as an American Psychological Association approved site.
Dr. Sica’s area of clinical practice is clinical neuropsychology and forensic neuropsychology. He obtained his B.A. in psychology from Monmouth College, Long Branch, N.J., a Master's in research design and psychology from the New School for Social Research, N.Y., and a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1978. He rotated through a number of pre-doctoral internships beginning at Los Angeles County General Hospital, then to California Pediatrics Hospital, and finally to Los Angeles County Family Guidance Clinic. He completed a two year post-doctoral residency at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, N.J., and then proceeded with further rotations at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Neurodiagnostic Unit, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, N.Y. He obtained his first board certification in neuropsychology in 1984 from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and second in 1992. He is a member and fellow in many professional organizations. Dr. Sica has lectured and written on neuropsychology and forensic neuropsychology drawing upon his almost 30 years of diverse experience.