Neurorehabilitation Psychology Department Staff
Rachel Chan, Psy.D.
Rachel M. Chan, Psy.D., is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow. She joined Shepherd Center as part of the 2016-2018 cohort of Shepherd Center’s APPCN postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from American University in Washington DC, and earned her master’s and doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her clinical internship at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, where she completed rotations in neuropsychology and health psychology.
Sean Coad, Psy.D.
Sean Coad, Psy.D., is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow. He joined Shepherd Center as part of the 2016-2018 cohort of Shepherd Center’s APPCN postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Coad earned his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University, where he specialized in clinical neuropsychology in 2016. After his time at Nova, he began a one-year internship in clinical psychology at Tewksbury State Hospital in Massachusetts. There, he provided a variety of services including neuropsychological and psychological assessment, individual counseling, group therapy, and behavioral management to a wide variety of patients, including those with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. His interests include adjustment to injury, family/systems impact on patient adjustment, and utilizing neuropsychological assessment to inform rehabilitation. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Coad has also been active in leadership roles within the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Chelsea Day, Psy.D.
Dr. Chelsea Day is a clinical neuropsychologist and joined the Shepherd Center in 2010, where she completed her two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology. She serves as the neuropsychologist for three teams on the inpatient acquired brain injury unit, where she conducts neuropsychological evaluations, monitors neurobehavioral presentation as well as develops and implements behavioral management strategies and provides psychoeducation regarding acquired brain injury to patients and families. She also conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. Dr. Day serves as one of the supervisors for Shepherd Center's APPCN clinical neuropsychology fellowship program. She greatly values a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Day is actively involved in various professional organizations, including serving as editor of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine's Rehabilitation Outlook.
Jane DeMaria, M.A.
Jane DeMaria, M.A., is a psychometrist in the Department of Neuropsychology and conducts inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological testing for various programs at Shepherd Center, including the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs, as well in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at University of Florida and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology at University of West Florida. Prior to working at Shepherd Center, she was employed as a psychometrist by a clinical psychologist in private practice in Pensacola, Florida. In this role, she administered psychological tests for adolescents and adults referred by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for the State of Florida. She moved to Atlanta and joined Shepherd Center in 2016.
Carly Drummond, M.Ed.
Carly Drummond, M.Ed., is a psychometrist in the Department of Neuropsychology and conducts inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological testing for various programs at Shepherd Center, including the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs, as well in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at University of Georgia and her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Psychology at Georgia State University. She joined Shepherd Center in 2016.
Rob Godsall, Ph.D.
Rob Godsall, Ph.D., has been part of the Shepherd Center team since 1997 and is now the Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology for outpatient clinics and the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute of Shepherd Center. Dr. Godsall received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University, where his specialty interests were clinical neuropsychology and family systems therapy. Dr. Godsall completed his clinical internship at the Center for Behavioral Medicine of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he completed rotations in forensic psychology and neuropsychology. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in the behavioral neurology section of the neurology department at the Emory School of Medicine. Along with his work in neuropsychology, Dr. Godsall continues to pursue his interests in the impact of family systems on the course of neurological disorders. Dr. Godsall served on the Professional Advisory Board for the Georgia chapter of Epilepsy Foundation for 14 years, including chairman, and currently serves on Health Advisory Committee for the National MS Society, Georgia chapter.
Katie Grueninger, MS
Katie Grueninger, MS, joined Shepherd Center in 2013. She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. In her role as lead psychometrist, Katie conducts both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological testing for various programs at Shepherd Center including the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs, as well as in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. Prior to working at Shepherd Center, she worked in the mental health field where she did psychological testing for both child and adult populations.
Tana Hall, LPC
Tana Hall, LPC, is the family counselor for the inpatient Acquired Brain Injury program at Shepherd Center. Since 2013, she has been helping families at Shepherd cope and live with catastrophic brain injuries. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Georgia State University in 2001, and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She helped develop curriculum for and teaches the monthly class at Shepherd on effective communication using Motivational Interviewing (MI). Tana has given talks and facilitated workshops to varied audiences across the country about using MI in health care and about family systems after trauma and brain injury. Previously, Tana was the director of counseling at a local non-profit organization that served youth and young adults. She has practiced as a therapist and social skills teacher specializing in helping parents and children communicate more effectively; worked in schools as a consultant and teacher; and was an Outward Bound instructor, leading groups of adolescents and adults in the wilderness.
Laura Hoskins, Psy.D., Director of Neuropsychology
Laura Hoskins, Psy.D. is the Director of Neuropsychology at Shepherd Center and the Training Director of Shepherd Center’s two-year APPCN clinical neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship program. She came to the Shepherd Center in 2013 from Harvard University School of Medicine, where she was a clinical instructor of psychiatry and worked as a neuropsychologist at McLean Hospital, conducting both neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic evaluations with a range of populations, including patients with acquired brain injury, various types of dementias, movement disorders, neuropsychiatric illnesses, and seizure disorders. Dr. Hoskins received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award. She completed an internship in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine followed by a two-year APPCN fellowship in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.
Dr. Hoskins conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. Additionally, she provides neurorehabilitation services on the Acquired Brain Injury Unit to inpatients who are acutely recovering from brain injury or stroke, as well as various other neurological conditions. In this capacity, she monitors neurobehavioral presentation, develops and implements behavioral management strategies, and provides psychoeducation regarding brain injury to patients and families. Dr. Hoskins has expertise in assessment and neurorehabilitation of traumatic brain injury and a special interest in mild traumatic brain injury and sports concussion. She is the club neuropsychologist for the Atlanta Falcons.
Gary A. James, Psy.D.
Gary A. James, Psy.D., joined Shepherd Center in 2004. He is the Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist at Shepherd Pathways, Shepherd Center’s post-acute brain injury program. Dr. James graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in 2002. He also completed a master’s degree in psychology and psychoeducational studies at Howard University in Washington, DC. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology and neuropsychology at Michigan State School of Medicine. Dr. James also serves as adjunct faculty in psychology graduate programs at Argosy University where he has taught since 2006. He is also the primary training supervisor for neuropsychology students in training at Shepherd Pathways.
Michelle Jackson, Ph.D.
Michelle Jackson, Ph.D. joined Shepherd Center as a clinical neuropsychologist in 2016. Dr. Jackson completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center-Jackson VAMC Consortium. She then completed her two-year APPCN-approved postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, MS. During her fellowship, she provided neuropsychological assessment and neurobehavioral treatment for adolescents and adults with a variety of neurological illnesses and insults, including stroke and traumatic brain injury. At Shepherd Center, she is a neuropsychologist for three teams on the inpatient acquired brain injury unit and also conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. Dr. Jackson also serves as one of the supervisors for Shepherd Center's APPCN clinical neuropsychology fellowship program. Dr. Jackson is originally from Trinidad and loves spending time with her dog, Maggie.
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.
Taylor Legette, M.S.
Taylor Legette, M.S., is a PRN psychometrist in the Department of Neuropsychology and conducts inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological testing for various programs at Shepherd Center, including the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs, as well in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Auburn University and her Master of Science degree in Psychology at Auburn University at Montgomery. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology at Argosy School of Professional Psychology. She joined Shepherd Center in 2016.
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.
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.
Tim Riggins, LCSW
Tim Riggins is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). He earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University. He has worked in the areas of homelessness, mental health, suicide prevention, LGBTQ, hospice, bereavement and acquired brain injuries. He has extensive experience with adolescents, adults and children. Tim has developed strong therapeutic skills with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, bereavement, sexuality, LGBT issues and couples/family counseling. Tim uses a therapeutic treatment approach rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems approaches. Tim focuses on a holistic, client-centered approach that supports balance between the body, mind and spirit.
Jessica Robbins, Ph.D.
Jessica Robbins, PhD, joined Shepherd Center as a clinical neuropsychologist in 2016. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. As a Birmingham VAMC funded intern, she completed a clinical psychology internship with an emphasis in neuropsychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Psychology Training Consortium. Next, Dr. Robbins finished a two year fellowship in neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. At Shepherd Center, she serves as the neuropsychologist for two teams on the inpatient acquired brain injury unit and also conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. Dr. Robbins also serves as one of the supervisors for Shepherd Center's APPCN clinical neuropsychology fellowship program. Her research and interests include examining psychometric properties of neuropsychological measures, assessing outcomes of neuropsychological intervention, and improving access for underserved populations.
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.
Susan K. Stern, Ph.D.
Susan Stern, Ph.D. joined Shepherd Center in 2016 as a clinical neuropsychologist at Shepherd Pathways, Shepherd Center’s post-acute brain injury program. Dr. Stern graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned her masters and doctorate degrees from Georgia State University’s joint Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology/Behavioral Neurosciences program in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She completed her clinical internship (neuropsychology track) at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and her APPCN-approved postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Memphis VA Medical Center. She loves being involved in the training programs at Shepherd Center. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family (husband and a dog named Lady) and friends, exercising, cooking, and most importantly, eating.
Laurie A. Trachtenbroit, MA, LPC
Laurie A. Trachtenbroit, MA, LPC joined the Shepherd Center as a psychometrist in 2015 and transitioned to the role of rehabilitation counselor in 2016. She earned her master's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In her role as rehabilitation counselor, Laurie provides individual, family and group counseling at Shepherd Pathways, Shepherd Center’s post-acute brain injury program. In her role as psychometrist, Laurie provided neuropsychological testing for various departments at Shepherd Center. Laurie also has experience in private practice testing related to the assessment of sports injuries. Prior to entering the field of psychometry, Laurie held the titles of Assistant Director of the Sexual Deviancy Program at Medlin Treatment Center in Georgia, Clinical Director at New Hope Carolinas in South Carolina and the titles of Forensic Coordinator, Quality Assurance Incident Coordinator and Program Director at the New York State Developmental Disabilities Service Office in the Finger Lakes (a 10-county region). Laurie is a Certified Forensic Consultant and is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Forensic Examiners and Forensic Counseling.
Wayne Ware, LPC
Wayne Ware, LPC, joined the Shepherd Center staff as a counselor in 1989. He is a licensed professional counselor, working with patients with spinal cord injury and their families. Prior to coming to Shepherd, he worked in outpatient counseling settings in Georgia and Texas. He earned his master’s in counseling from Georgia State University. He is certified in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. His particular clinical interests include: hypnosis, male sexuality education, and psychoeducation for patients and families coming to terms with spinal cord injury.