Gregory S. Brown, Psy.D., joined the Neuropsychology Department on January 15, 2018 as the clinical neuropsychologist for the SHARE Military Initiative and the Complex Concussion Clinic. Dr. Brown earned his doctoral degree in 2014 from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. He completed his internship at the Central Arkansas VA with a concentration in Neuropsychology and a two-year APPCN postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Shepherd Center. Prior to his return to Shepherd Center, Dr. Brown worked as a neuropsychologist at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA in the Army Intrepid Spirit and Traumatic Brain Injury Program. His current clinical focus is neuropsychological assessment and intervention of mild traumatic brain injury in both veteran and civilian populations. Dr. Brown also serves as adjunct faculty in the psychology graduate program at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology where he has taught since 2015.
Chelsea Day, Psy.D.
Dr. Chelsea Day is a clinical neuropsychologist and the inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Neuropsychology Supervisor. Dr. Day joined the Shepherd Center team 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.
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 continues to work with the NMSS Ga chapter through its partnership with the MS Institute of Shepherd.
Rich Glickstein, LCSW, CAADC
Rich Glickstein, LCSW, CAADC, joined Shepherd Center and SHARE Military Initiative team in 2014, Shepherd’s program to treat combat veterans for mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Rich completed a master’s degree in social work at the University of South Carolina in 2011 to specialize in working with military combat veterans and is a licensed clinical social worker with a sub-specialty in treating substance addiction. Prior to joining Shepherd, Rich worked in addictions recovery in inpatient and outpatient settings with veterans and active duty service members. He takes an active role in educating mental health professionals who desire to work with military combat veterans and the photojournalism community on mental health issues. Before becoming a social worker and psychotherapist, Rich completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Florida in 1999 and spent more than 10 years as a photojournalist at The State, the daily newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Rich is on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, their boxer, and kitty with a newspaper-themed name, Gray Lady.
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.
Lisa Hoyman, Ph.D.
Lisa Hoyman, Ph.D., is the senior neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at Shepherd Pathways. She joined Shepherd Center as part of the 2017-2019 cohort of Shepherd's APPCN postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Hoyman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. She earned her masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University in 2014 and 2017, respectively. There, she completed specialty tracks in clinical neuropsychology and women's health. She completed her clinical internship (neuropsychology track) at the VA Illiana Health Care System. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Hoyman has also been active in research at Shepherd Center as well as leadership roles within the American Psychological Association and state psychological associations.
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 conducts outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. She is co-chair of the Behavior Committee. 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.
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 as well as the Complex Concussion Clinic and SHARE Military Initiative programs. 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 serves as adjunct faculty in psychology graduate programs at Argosy University [Atlanta campus] where he has taught since 2006. Dr. James provides neuropsychological assessment and neurobehavioral treatment for adolescents and adults with a range of neurologic illnesses and also provides treatment [primarily individualized and group interventions]. He is also the primary clinical supervisor for all trainees at Shepherd Pathways, Complex Concussion Clinic, and SHARE Military Initiative.
Juantae “JT” Karol, M.A
Juantae “JT” Karol, 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 Arts degree in Psychology at University of West Florida and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She joined Shepherd Center in 2018.
Casie Morrison, M.S., CSP
Casie Morrison, M.S., CSP, joined the Neuropsychology Department at Shepherd Center in 2017. She earned her M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Augusta University in 2013, became a Certified Specialist in Psychometry in 2017, and currently serves as a NAP Board of Directors member. In her role as Lead Psychometrist, Casie conducts both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological testing for various programs 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 for the Intrepid Spirit Concussion Recovery Center at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. There, she conducted neuropsychological testing for military service members with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD and other psychological disorders.
Tim Riggins, LCSW
Tim Riggins is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). He is a rehabilitation counselor working with patients and families adjusting to brain injury at Shepherd Pathways. 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, couples/family counseling and brain injury. 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. Dr. Robbins received her undergraduate degree from Samford University. She earned a MS degree from Mississippi State University before receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology 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 an APPCN fellowship in neuropsychology at West Virginia University School of Medicine. At Shepherd Center, she serves as the neuropsychologist for two teams in the Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Program and also conducts weekly outpatient neuropsychological evaluations in the Outpatient Division of the Department of Neuropsychology. Her outpatient referrals involve general neurology referrals, with an emphasis in neurodegenerative disease rule outs. Dr. Robbins also serves as one of the supervisors for Shepherd Center's APPCN clinical neuropsychology fellowship program. She is the Department of Neuropsychology Research Coordinator. Her research and interests include examining psychometric properties of neuropsychological measures, assessing outcomes of neuropsychological intervention, and improving access for underserved populations.
Susan K. Shwartz, Ph.D.
Susan Shwartz, Ph.D., joined Shepherd Center in 2016 as a clinical neuropsychologist at Shepherd Pathways, Shepherd Center’s post-acute brain injury program. Dr. Shwartz 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, Licensed Professional Counselor 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 and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hartwick College in New York. In her role as rehabilitation counselor, Laurie provides individual, family and group counseling at Shepherd Pathways, Shepherd Center’s post-acute brain injury program. Laurie enjoys working with individuals who are recovering from brain injury, ensuring that they have the psychological support needed to engage fully in therapeutic treatment. Laurie also enjoys working with families of individuals on a journey of recovery, providing individual, couples, and family therapy.
Zac Yanis, Jr., Psy.D
Zac Yanis, Jr., Psy.D. is a PRN clinical neuropsychologist on Shepherd Center’s ABI Inpatient, and Shepherd Pathways Post-Acute Day and Residential Programs. Within each setting, he conducts neuropsychological assessments, and collaborates with the patient’s multidisciplinary treatment team in order to provide cognitive, emotional, and neurobehavioral interventions. Dr. Yanis is also an independent clinician at Cognitive Rehabilitation of Georgia (CRG), a private group practice located in Decatur, GA, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Clinical Medical Psychology at Mercer University (Atlanta Campus). He completed his second year of neuropsychology fellowship at CRG, where his training was consistent with the Houston Conference Guidelines for specialty training in Clinical Neuropsychology, including direct supervision by a Board Certified Neuropsychologist (ABPP/CN). Prior to that, he completed one year of an APPCN accredited neuropsychology fellowship on the Acquired Brain Injury Inpatient Unit at the Shepherd Center, an APA-accredited pre-doctoral neuropsychology internship at the Coatesville VAMC, and multiple neuropsychology externships through Emory’s Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, Shepherd Pathways, Restore Neurobehavioral Center, and CRG. He completed his graduate training at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, GA.