Rehabilitation Psychology Staff

Laurie Nash, Ph.D., ABPP-RP, Director of Psychology

Laurie Nash, PhD, ABPP-RP is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She joined the Shepherd Center in 2009, where she completed her 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Dr. Nash received her BA from Bemidji State University, MN, her MA in Counseling and Community Psychology from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY.  She completed her internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY. She has years of experience in research, and cardiovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Divisions 22 and 40, and received the Early Career Practice Award from Division 22 in 2016.  Dr. Nash also maintains private practice in Atlanta.

Cheryl A. Linden, LPC  

Cheryl A. Linden, LPC, OT/L is a licensed professional counselor at Shepherd Center. She graduated in 1982 from Manchester College with a BSW, and then completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University in 1987. She joined Shepherd Center in 1988, working as an occupational therapist in inpatient spinal cord injury, outpatient spinal cord injury, inpatient ABI, and ICU. She served as the Occupational Therapy Education Coordinator from 1993 to 1997.  She completed her master’s degree in psychology in 2001 from the GA Professional School of Psychology, and in 2002 transitioned to her current counseling position, though she continues to maintain licensing in both fields. Ms. Linden specializes in working with adolescents with SCI and brain injuries, and frequently gives presentations on issues of adjustment in this population. She also maintains a private practice and serves on the board of the nonprofit organization The Ramp Less Traveled, an organization that provides scholarships and mentoring for young people with spinal cord injuries who are going back to college. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her 3 cats), golfing, performing standup and improv comedy, and volunteering at an animal shelter. 

Terri Kohn, LPC

Terri Kohn, LPC, initially joined the Shepherd Center counseling staff in 1985. She has counseled patients in most services at Shepherd Center, including inpatients and Day Program spinal cord injury patients, outpatients in the brain injury program, and SHARE Military Initiative clients. Terri has also worked as a counselor with individuals with developmental disabilities. She completed her social work internship at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo Hospital in 1978. Teri earned her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her graduate degree from the University of Georgia. She is a founding  advisory board member and developed curriculum for the Family Warrior Weekend Camp, a camp for disabled service members from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Teri has presented on emotional adjustment to brain injury and transition to family and civilian life for the Georgia National Guard.

Jill Koval, Ph.D.  

Jill Koval, Ph.D. joined the staff of Shepherd Center in 1989 after completing her internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University. Dr. Koval has extensive experience in the area of emotional adjustment for newly injured patients   with spinal cord injuries/dual diagnoses and their family members. She treats inpatients in the Spinal Cord Injury Program as well as the Day Program.   Dr. Koval is a member of Shepherd Center’s Ethics Committee, and she has also served on the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association.

Wendy Magnoli, Ph.D.  

Wendy Magnoli, Ph.D. is a psychologist in the Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute outpatient clinic. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University and completed her internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Magnoli has specialized training and experience in pain psychology as well as other areas of health psychology.  She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with years of experience treating individuals with both acute and chronic trauma histories and is especially interested in the association between trauma and chronic pain.

Punam Rahman, PsyD

Dr. Rahman joined the Shepherd Center Psychology Department in 2017.  She is a licensed psychologist who provides treatment and conducts psychological assessment for a diverse range of people affected by neurological diseases and injuries. She graduated from the University of Rochester with Bachelor's Degree before obtaining her Psy.D. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rahman completed her internship at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York) with a 1 year neuro-rehabiltiation fellowship at Weiss Memorial Hospital. She is passionate about helping patients with spinal cord injuries/dual diagnosis achieve their optimal level of functioning, compassionately helping them navigate through the challenging transitions. Along with her clinical work, Dr. Rahman enjoys doing outreach within the community, supervising graduate students, and cooking with her family.

Sara Schleicher-Dilks, Ph.D.

Sara Schleicher-Dilks, Ph.D., earned her BA in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  She continued her education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she graduated with her Ph.D. in the APA-accredited clinical psychology program, with a concentration in neuropsychology. She completed her clinical internship with a neuropsychology concentration at the Albuquerque VA in New Mexico. She then completed a two-year clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., with a focus in neuropsychology and rehabilitation. She is thrilled to now be part of The Shepherd Center family, where she continues to provide comprehensive assessment and psychological treatment to individuals with medically complex conditions.

Katherine Spencer, Psy.D.  

Katherine Spencer, Psy.D., is a PRN psychologist who joined Shepherd Center in 2012. She is an Atlanta-area native who completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University and her master’s and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and fellowship in behavioral medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Emma Stein, Ph.D.

Emma Stein, Ph.D., is a part-time pain psychologist working with inpatients. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a health emphasis at Yeshiva University. She completed her internship at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System- Manhattan Campus, followed by a fellowship at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System, where she specialized in health psychology.