Neurorehabilitation Psychology Department Staff
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.
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., Ed.S.
Carly Drummond, M.Ed., Ed.S. 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.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees 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.
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.
Gary A. James, Psy.D. Neuropsychology Supervisor at Shepherd Pathways
Gary A. James, Psy.D., joined Shepherd Center in 2004. He is the Neuropsychology Supervisor 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.
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.
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.
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.