Driver Rehabilitation Services, Rosamond Gianutsos, PhD, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

Based in Queens, New York City, Dr. Gianutsos does her evaluations in your home. She may be reached by e-mail at cogrehab@pipeline.com or call 718 457-7483 ("HLP SITE") in the early morning (7:30 AM Eastern US time). If you leave a message, indicate where you may be reached in the evening. If your call is not returned in 24 hours, please call again.

Driver Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is dedicated to helping drivers who have to overcome cognitive disabilities following brain injury or other changes. Cognition includes perception, attention, concentration, memory, and other forms of thinking. Driving safely requires sophisticated cognitive skills that (unlike physical or motor deficits) are often hidden to the casual observer. If you are recovering from a brain injury or are experiencing mental changes and are concerned about your ability to drive safely, we recommend and offer a comprehensive off-the-road evaluation of cognitive skills required for driving. You will learn how your abilities compare to other drivers'.  These skills include:

  • Judgment
  • Executive and action planning
  • The ability to react quickly
  • Make rapid decisions
  • Adjust to changing circumstances
  • Control impulses
  • Respond consistently
  • Deal with more than one thing at a time
  • Endurance
  • Eye-hand coordination and tracking.

Medical clearance is required to perform the evaluation.  Ask your doctor for a prescription for a Clinical Driver Evaluation. For Medical Professionals:  Medical Referrals for Clinical Driver Evaluations

This Clinical Driver Evaluation includes assessment with carefully selected tests including the Elemental Driving Simulator, together with a careful analysis of your driving history, needs and expectations. As part of the consultation you and another person of your choosing (usually a family member) will have ample opportunity to discuss your driving and questions with the doctor. It is usually possible to complete this procedure in 3 to 4 hours.  When all the information is in, Dr. Gianutsos will help you and your family make a rational decision about driving.

You will receive a written report summarizing the findings and recommendations. This report is for your doctor and your personal use.  It will not be sent to anyone else unless you specifically request us to do so. If your performance is within the normal range, you may be referred for an on-road driving evaluation and lessons with an appropriate specialist. Following a favorable report on the road test, Dr. Gianutsos will honor your request to write a letter on your behalf to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Dr. Gianutsos charges a flat fee of $400. which is not covered by Medicare or most other insurances.